OK, so I read this thread: http://reboot.pro/to...igration-tools/. However, I didn't have the chance to prepare before the change (my ASUS Z77 BIOS just would not even come up with the SSD connected, ruled out drive or sata cable failure). I replaced the mobo with the ASUS Z97-A but Acronis Universal Restore could not get my Win7 instance to boot up.
I'd like to figure out how I can repair an instance that was not sysprep or anything. My second SSD has a new working Win7 instance which can make it easier to work. I have an acronis TIB of the original Win7 drive as well. I had a couple of different strategies but need some advice:
- some way to sysprep "offline" with a boot disk utility, or otherwise put the OOBE mode on / detect HAL / etc; remove old drivers and let it detect and use generic so I can get online and update drivers (I also have the mobo CD)
- image a VHD or WIM, get the partition to boot up in a VM with generic drivers, then do a proper sysprep "online"
- find a boot utility that will replace the drivers (injection) directly in the instance, and match hardward IDs to drivers online or something
Does anyone have tools or advice on how I could repair the instance? Acronis Universal Recovery could not match the USB driver no matter what I gave to it, but I don't think that would prevent a sysprep instance from at least booting up, at which point I can fix driver issues.
I think the term for what I am doing might be "generalize a Win7 instance offline".
Edited by BinaryMan, 09 April 2015 - 07:21 PM.