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Queries About Restoring Windows 7 Image backup

by JS2015 / October 11, 2015 5:42 PM PDT

I have windows 7 professional c drive image backup and its repair disk from an old laptop. These are some queries about restoring that in a new computer planning to buy.

1) What is required to restore that old image backup into a new computer? (only image backup / repair disk / anything else)

2) Do i need to restore c drive image backup into a blank hard disk or hard disk having any version of windows 7 installed?

3) Can windows 7 professional image backup restored into computer having windows 7 starter/ home basic? If yes, then what happens to existing OS of new computer will that be overwritten?

4) Can windows 7 professional image backup restored into computer having windows 8?

5) Will all programs and drivers installed in old computer's c drive restored into new computer after restoring?

Looking forward your reply. Thank you.

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Assuming you used the Windows 7 backup program...
by wpgwpg / October 11, 2015 6:47 PM PDT

...I'd have a hard time believing you're going to have much success. This is why most of us use 3rd party backup/restore software. Personally I use the free Easeus Todo Backup Free but there are hundreds of such programs. With that you can make a disc you can boot from and do the restore. However be aware that you can't restore a Windows system image and expect it to work on anything other than a system with the same motherboard.
Good luck.

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On item 5
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2015 8:39 AM PDT

Windows by a design change in 1995 pretty much wiped out moving apps (programs and drivers) from PC to PC and even cloning the drive results in the usual failed boot.

My answer is no to about all your questions. Windows does not, by design move from PC to PC like this.

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Generally Doesn't Work...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 12, 2015 11:23 AM PDT

Although I've used the Windows 7 "System Image Disk" and "System Repair Disk" to completely reinstall the image to the SAME computer with a wiped drive or a new hard drive, it usually doesn't work when moving to a different machine. The motherboard and chipset drivers for the new machine don't coincide and neither do most of the other drivers..

Hope this helps.


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