My old SSD has Win 7 completely updated on it and I would like to transfer this to my new SSD that will go in my new rig. It would be great not to have to do a half hour install PLUS add all of the required updates. So what do I do??
Do I get the new SSD, install it in my current rig and run some kind of program that will take the OS over to the new SSD??? Actually, the OS AND the programs can go to the new SSD so I guess I need to know how to clone the whole SSD from old to new........
yes it can be done on a win 7 system using microsofts sysprep tool (included in a typical win 7 install). I did it and it worked for me. changed out CPU, mobo and ram 4 months ago and all is fine. saved a lot of time reinstalling software, thats for sure.
its still recommended you do a fresh install but here how it works. you will need to reactivate windows afterwards.1st, make a full image backup and verify it. then, make a second full image backup and test that too. then, copy all important docs etc somewhere safe. you get the idea, as this may very well blow up and trash your install.
you should have the old ssd and the new ssd both with the same image on them. I use macrium reflect free but any decent imaging software should work. put the new ssd in the old computer and fire it up.
now open an administrator
command prompt. type
goto System Cleanup Action. under System Cleanup Action choose "Enter System Out of Box Experience (OOBE)". click Generalize and under Shutdown options choose "Shutdown"
this removes all drivers and puts generic MS drivers in their place
after it shuts down transfer the new ssd to the new system. make sure its on a native controller port. make sure you have the SATA ports set to AHCI (if they originally were on the old mobo).
make sure you have the drivers for the NIC at least on a USB stick or disc to get back up on your network as win 7 may not have the NIC driver built in (mine didnt).
when it 1st starts it will find the new hardware and prompt for drivers, just like its a fresh install.
now, while this worked for me, YMMV of course.