How to migrate/transfer clone image, Gen 6 to newer Gen 7 or 10 with Sysprep

M Slate 21 Reputation points
2020-12-10T07:36:47.12+00:00

I received a reply to my previous question on Nov 25 from jenny Feng in the forum regarding if I could transfer a clone or image from my current computer, Gen 6 Intel, Win 10 Pro to a newer system, (gen 7 or 10), purchasing a new hard and installing win 10 pro from an iso file from a DVD to the newer computer, (which will have Gen 6 of gen 10 processor), then restoring the current image from this unit back up to the new computer, and possibly having to install new drivers, and that was apparently a no, can't do, apparently due to the identifiers would still be on the clone from previous Gen 6 system.
But I forgot to ask whether MS Sysprep would be able to help with the problem since it is designed to strip the identifiers off the previous O/S, allowing it to work on different computer configurations and work on different computers. I have a version of windows 10 that I originally installed on this computer and it can be installed on any computer since I purchased it separately as it did not come with this computer so a clone IS transferrable from one machine to another as long as I have separate licenses for each computer.. Then I need to verify that the license is accurate and and showing OK for the O/S and Office on the new unit. Thank you for your help, and stay safe and well

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  1. Jenny Feng 14,081 Reputation points
    2020-12-11T06:42:06.587+00:00

    @M Slate
    Hi,

    I think your idea is correct.

    One problem is that each cloned computer has the same security identifier (SID) and computer name. This may prevent the cloned computers from functioning correctly in a workgroup or a domain.
    To work around this problem, you can use the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep.exe) to remove configuration settings that are unique to the computer such as the computer name and SID. The resulting image can then be safely reused for installation on other computers.

    In addition, here are some posts with the similar issue with yours, just for your reference, you can try the method mentioned in them:
    https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2142924-old-hdd-to-new-ssd-clone-and-move-to-new-pc
    Note: This is a third-party link and we do not have any guarantees on this website. And Microsoft does not make any guarantees about the content.

    Hope above information can help you.

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