I'm running a 4 year old Win 7x64 I7 rig (HP Pavillion Elite) with a 1 TB hard drive. I'd like to upgrade it before it dies on me (plus I want a snappier machine with an SSD) but it's got so much stuff installed on it, it would take days to complete and even then, months later I'd be discovering that I forgot to install such and such a utility.
When I got this machine, I remember using PC Mover (from Laplink) to move all of the installed apps over from my old XP machine. That worked for the most part and proved to be useful.
Since I don't need to change my version of windows this time around, I was thinking it would be great if I could simply clone the existing hard drive somehow and then drop it into a new box.
It's a development rig running Win 7x64, Visual Studio 2010, MS Office 2010 x64, Adobe Photoshop CS, Premiere CS, Camtasia etc. I imagine there might be licensing and activation issues but I'm happy to pay if I can figure out how to upgrade my hardware quickly.
What's the quickest way to migrate the software installed on my current rig to a new one?
Is this the type of thing I could hire a consultant or Nerds-on-Site type of outfit to do?
I'd refresh my hardware every year if it wasn't such a long and involved, not to mention error prone process.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.