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I need to sell my current PC and was just going to purchase a really cheap one somewhere until I can build another but really didn't want to have to re-install all these programming programs and frameworks and all that again so if I have a backup image of my current files can I restore that image on a completely separate computer with a completely different Windows 7 serial?

Is there possibly some free software out there that would be able to do this? I assume the image is somehow tied to the mobo, but just wanted to check with you guys.


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If you want to re-activate it just type slmgr -rearm into an elevated CMD prompt. I don't really understand what you're asking though. That command will activate it for another 30 days, you get 120 days of non-activation, so you can do that command 3 times.

EDIT: Wait I don't think that's what you're asking.


EDIT: Oh nevermind. I think you're asking about backing up Windows and restoring to to another PC. I would just use a disk cloner for that. It might not work on another chipset, but it's worth a try. It it doesn't just do a fresh install and replace all your essential directories with your old ones. Like bother Program Files, the Users, etc...
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If you do a image of your current windows installation then it will have all your current mobo drivers ect. Which will be a lot of unused stuff taking up space and potentially causing problems with the new build. Your better off doing a fresh install.
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Ah, ok. Thanks for the help you guys. Fresh install it is then.
Didn't think about the drivers and what not.
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Yeah, only if you are using the exact model motherboard with the same hardware is it ideal to do a complete restore imo. At the bare minimum I wouldn't do it unless it was the same chipset(s) on the motherboards. You will get all kinds of errors and most likely BSOD's upon booting up in normal mode and more than likely even safe mode. Rendering it useless.

You can do a data only backup and recover it, by selecting only a data backup and picking out which folders/files with windows backup. Instead of picking a whole drive image. I use it like that regularly.
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