Windows 7 System Preparation Tool is a powerful, native Windows tool. When for instance used in so called Audit Mode, it let's you to freely configure Windows 7 to be then deployed to other computers as hardware independent image.In this tutorial we use System Preparation Tool (sysprep) to prepare your Windows 7 installation to be moved to a new computer, keeping all your installed applications, program settings and user profiles. You can use this method for instance when you have bought a new PC and want to transfer your existing setup completely, without need to reinstall everything, or when you want to make major hardware changes like change the motherboard or GPU, which would usually cause Windows to stop booting normally.
On: [Toshiba Laptop]
Disk2VHD > create a VHDX (check all partitions)Copy VHDX over to your new laptop, double click the file > CMD as Admin > bcdboot D:\Windows (where as D:\ is the path of the new mounted VHD)Native Boot VHD
- This VHD when it boots will boot on NATIVE hardware or as a VM under Hyper-V ?- Is a VHD a driver sanitized, driver agnostic generic Drive Image?- How do DRIVERS from OLD Laptop (to remove) and NEW Laptop come into play (when executing) (if at all?)
- Windows should "reconfigure" it self when you first boot it up on a different hardware, normally at least, ofc you may need to apply new drivers if some things don't work.- There is nothing easier/safer than VHD booting, it doesn't screw around with your native Installation on the HDD I used VHD booting a lot and honestly it's one of the best features Microsoft ever added into Windows, just keep in mind this only works with W7 Professional/Enterprise and W8 Pro/Enterprise
If VHDs are so good & portable, why would we want to use PARTITIONS at all? (Assuming we had enough drive space).I will have to add drivers for sure as its a new laptop.My question is does the VHD get CLEANED of the PREVIOUS DRIVER/ HARDWARE PROFILE on the HDD? And when it re configures with NEW HARDWARE does it clean the previous out and or has both included on it.
Please let me know on the above 2 pathways given the outline:
Edited by crashnburn, 26 July 2014 - 07:36 AM.