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msata win8.1 pro to new motherboard possible?

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    msata win8.1 pro to new motherboard possible?


    I have windows 8.1 pro on an msata. This is for use in a simple kiosk. When I move the msata to a different motherboard the bios display comes up instead of Windows. Is there any way to transfer the msata to the other motherboard?

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    You cannot transfer Windows to significantly different hardware without sysprepping it first.

    Make sure your license allows you to move the install to a new machine.

    put the Mata drive back into the last machine, log into the administrator account.

    Run "sysprep.exe", tick "generalize" and then tell sysprep to shut down.


    once it shuts off, transfer the drive to the new motherboard and you're set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    You cannot transfer Windows to significantly different hardware without sysprepping it first.

    Make sure your license allows you to move the install to a new machine.

    put the Mata drive back into the last machine, log into the administrator account.

    Run "sysprep.exe", tick "generalize" and then tell sysprep to shut down.


    once it shuts off, transfer the drive to the new motherboard and you're set.
    Do I need to use imagex or just run sysprep.exe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    You cannot transfer Windows to significantly different hardware without sysprepping it first.
    That isnít necessarily true. It is highly recommended to Sysprep, and support from Microsoft requires that you Generalize with Sysprep, but from a technical perspective Sysprep isnít always necessary. See The Machine SID Duplication Myth (and Why Sysprep Matters) on Mark Russinovichís Blog.

    More importantly, it isnít always effective when moving a live environment from one platform to another. Generalizing with Sysprep resets all basic drivers, yes, but unless applications are Sysprep-aware, they are not removed. In a live environment, many drivers install alongside applications (like the control software for a graphics card) and these applications are not always removed when running Sysprep. Before transferring to another platform, I always recommend to uninstall all driver related entries from from Programs and Features before running Sysprep, this includes any software suite that emulates hardware. I also recommend complete removal of third party security software, or at least disabling of the security software, as it will often block Sysprep from performing required tasks.

    Another thing to note is that in your scenario the most likely cause of boot failure in the second platform is SATA mode (driver) incompatibility. You should verify that the SATA configuration is in the same mode on both systems. You can also change between modes by enabling the proper storage controller driver before transferring between environments. See Error message occurs after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive from Microsoft Support.

    You mention that youíre moving between motherboards, is the hardware platform the same on both systems?

    Brandon
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    Windows for IT Pros on TechNet
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    Also note that ImageX is deprecated for Windows 8 and newer. The cloning tasks that were performed by ImageX in Windows Vista and Windows 7 are now performed by the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM). Neither is needed for your scenario where you are physically moving the hard disk however.

    Brandon
    Windows Outreach Team- IT Pro
    Windows for IT Pros on TechNet
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    It turns out that a jumper on the board came loose and that is why I was getting the bios screen. However thank you for the information because it is still very helpful!
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