restoring image to a different pc

brian ramdhan
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what is the best software that is easy to use to do this

i am trying acronis with their universal restore feature but it is giving more headache than necessary

they tell me i need to look for a driver but i can't seem to find it

which is the best software that is simple and quick to use in your opinion on this for those of you who have tried it before??
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Generally, the problems with doing this arise from disparate hardware.

1. Sometimes the video driver will not redetect and work properly, to get around that, switch to a generic display driver before imaging.

2. If the target machine has a hard drive controller that is not natively recognised by the version of Windows you are running, the HDD will be inaccessible after the initial BIOS access. To get around that, install the driver for the target machine's HDD controller before imaging.
Robert RComputer Service Technician
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If you are trying to install the same computer image from one computer to another, that may not be legal, your windows license is licensed to operate on one computer unless you are using a enterprize version of the operating system which you have multiple licenses for. If you are trying to pirate a license it may not even activate.
Scott CSenior Engineer
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Here is how to build a standard image of Windows 7.

As this is from Microsoft, this is the legal way to do it.  I have used this many times in the past successfully.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523217(v=ws.10).aspx

You can install software on your "base" image.

As long as you have the licenses, this is a good way to go.
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer
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Well in order to successfully restore an image to dissimilar hardware you had to be ....
provident.
If you had your OS installation with a good bunch of extra drivers like the ones from DriverPacks..then it could probably work no matter what...
Some years almost accidentaly i transfered a disk from an AMD installation with all the extra drivers to an Intel installation...it worked right away...
For your case i  suggest to rename your current hal.dll & NTOSKRNL.EXE  to something like xxx.old and extract new untouched ones from your installation media...it's is a bit obscure but for many years i used this trick and works...
Top Expert 2013
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all you need is the adaptive restore from paragon :  https://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/adaptiverestore/

i have used it for migrating an os from laptop to desktop - no problems
Distinguished Expert 2018
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A famous imaging solution, drive snapshot, offers a very easy way. Please read: http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/hardware.htm
This works a treat!

- Use windows backup to an external drive on your current OS.
- On the destination PC boot from a windows 7 installation CD/USB.
- Plug your external drive that contains the windows 7 backup you did earlier.
- During setup select restore from image and select the backup on the external drive.
- Then install this onto your new drive on the new PC.

Windows will restart and then you will be as good as new although if the new PC has a different board then drivers will need to be downloaded and also make sure the new drive is either same size or bigger than original.
Adam LeinssSystems Administrator
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It can be done: http://leinss.com/blog/?p=1598

However, it is not without headaches.

Personally, I like Paragon Harddrive Manager 15.  As mentioned by an expert above: it comes with adaptive restore and I've used that before to transport hard drives between dissimilar systems.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician

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With paragon I don't have to worry about searching for drivers like universal restore??
Adam LeinssSystems Administrator

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Depends on what you mean about "worrying".  The point of adaptive restore is to get the critical boot drivers fixed so your image can boot on the new hardware.  Adding drivers later is usually trivial using a program like Snappy Driver Installer or DriverPack Solution
brian ramdhaniCT Technician

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OK I mean by I won't have to worry about getting windows to boot like universal restore???

I consider universal restore a failure
Adam LeinssSystems Administrator

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Yes, adaptive restore will get the image to boot, usually with generic (built-in) drivers, then you will need to add the "real" ones later.
Distinguished Expert 2018

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Did you read and understand my link? The main point it makes clear is " if you are using S-ATA/P-ATA drives [as source and as target], your system should just work".
The only time when manual adaptations are needed is when the new system uses a hard drive controller for which it has no driver for. Therefore, drive snapshot and all the universal restore solutions offer to add drivers right to the restored drive prior to booting it.
Top Expert 2013

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i had never to search for a driver
what happens is this :
the adaptive restore restores a "basic" OS without drivers
then when booted, it starts installing the drivers for the new devices
brian ramdhaniCT Technician

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I am not getting mouse or keyboard when I load with the USB bootable
Adam LeinssSystems Administrator

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Is this a Skylake based device?  Windows 7 doesn't have XHCI (USB controller) support out of the box.
brian ramdhaniCT Technician

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On optiplex 745 no mouse but in hp 425 I getting mouse
Adam LeinssSystems Administrator

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You tried the top USB ports in the back and the front ones?
Top Expert 2013

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if you have a dvd drive - use that to boot from - never problems

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