Moving Windows 7 to New Hardware Part Deux

You may have remember this posting: Moving Windows 7 to New Hardware.  I was called out recently to another site for a down PC.  A Dell Optiplex 3020 had its power supply blown.  I only had a Optiplex 390 at hand to fix the problem, however, upon booting it up with the old hard drive, I would get that wonderful STOP 7B error message.  Here’s another, perhaps easier method of dealing with this problem: Paragon’s Hard Drive Manager 15 Professional. There’s a feature in the WinPE bootcd of this suite called “Adaptive Restore”.  You don’t even need to use the backup feature of the suite to use it…just boot to WinPE, pick Adaptive Restore and viola: you will get a booting system.

A description of this process is here: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/adaptiverestore/

  • Change of the Windows kernel settings according to the new configuration. We detect the given hardware profile and automatically install the appropriate Windows HAL and kernel.
  • Installation of drivers for boot critical devices. We detect those without drivers and automatically try to install lacking drivers from the built-in Windows repository. If there’s no driver in the repository, we prompt the user to set a path to an additional driver repository, strongly recommending not to proceed until all drivers for the found boot critical devices are installed. In case drivers for these devices are installed, but disabled, they will be enabled.
  • Installation of drivers for a PS/2 mouse and keyboard. This action will only be accomplished for Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003.
  • Installation of drivers for network cards. We detect those without drivers and automatically try to install lacking drivers from the built-in Windows repository. If there’s no driver in the repository, we prompt the user to set a path to an additional driver repository.

Quite handy for the $99 price tag!

– Soli Deo Gloria

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