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Transfer programs and files from Dual Core to Quad Core

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8

    Transfer programs and files from Dual Core to Quad Core


    Hi,
    I have two laptops made by the same manufacturer and same year, but one is a dual core laptop with an SSD harddrive and the other is a quad core laptop with a regular hard drive. Both laptops run Windows 8.

    I would like to transfer my programs and files from the dual core to the quad core. However, obviously the quad core has different hardware.

    I am wondering if I simply remove the SSD from the dual core and put it into the quad core (replacing the quad's primary hard drive with the SSD) and simply boot up the quad core, would that be sufficient? Will the quad core recognize the hardware mismatch and automatically correct the drivers, while keeping my programs and files?

    Or is there some other, efficient way to make the transfer? I really want to avoid having to reinstall all my programs.

    Thank you

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  2. #2


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    There are a lot of third party tools designed to move a Windows installation to new hardware. I prefer using native Windows tool Sysprep for this, mainly because the method is the one and only Microsoft supports and recommends but also because it has never failed me.

    The method is described in this tutorial on our sister site the Seven Forums and works also with Windows 8: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer - Windows 7 Help Forums. Method One in tutorial would be ideal for you for moving the SSD to new computer.

    Read the information and warnings in the beginning of the tutorial carefully, especially the warning about Windows needing to be reactivated is important. Come back if you have any questions.

    Kari
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  3. #3


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I am wondering if I simply remove the SSD from the dual core and put it into the quad core (replacing the quad's primary hard drive with the SSD) and simply boot up the quad core, would that be sufficient? Will the quad core recognize the hardware mismatch and automatically correct the drivers, while keeping my programs and files?

    Or is there some other, efficient way to make the transfer? I really want to avoid having to reinstall all my programs.
    Yes, It should work because I've done it before. Windows 8 is more forgiving than Windows 7. Just swap the HD's and boot it up, Windows 8 will re-install all the drivers for you. However, before doing anything like this, I suggest that you make a complete back up image first with software such as Macrium Reflect Free . Check the BIOS in other Laptop (dual core) to see if it is set for AHCI or IDE, then you should set to be the same for the Quad core laptop.

    Hope this helps !!!

    EDIT: this will work only if both versions of windows 8 are the same, otherwise, you might have problem with the activation.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 12 Sep 2014 at 05:47. Reason: More info
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    thank you, I will try topgundcp's suggestion and then reply back with what happens.
    I really appreciate you all taking the time to reply so quickly
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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    hi, i wasn't able to try out the suggestions since I had to return the quad core notebook, but I thank you all again for your help. This thread can be closed
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