PC Migration Process - New Hardware and Win 7 to Win 10

Dell / Xps 8930
December 5, 2019 at 07:27:47
Specs: Windows 10, I5-9400
I'll be drop-kicking my Dell All-In-One off of the roof as soon as I get everything moved to a new XPS 8930. The AIO is running Win 7, the 8930 will be running Win 10.

While I have migrated from PC to PC in the past, I doubt I've done in the most efficient manner. Put both devices the network, Copy-Paste, Copy-Paste, Copy-Paste. I typically end up will all the junk I had on the old system which I promise to "clean up later" but never do. There's got to be a better way.

Does any know of a migration utility or have a documented migration process that includes cleaning up the old system prior to the migration so that the new system at least starts out more organized? In my case it's mostly MS Office documents, photos and Outlook emails/profiles. There's not a lot of applications to deal with, but there are some. 2 users. Obviously, migrating the current user settings for as many apps as possible would be nice.

I understand that going from Win 7 to Win 10 may have an impact on some apps, so any comments on that would be helpful too.

Finally (or maybe initially) I know that the new system is going to come with a bunch of Dell supplied bloatware. Is there an efficient way to find all of that stuff and disable/delete it before I start the migration process?

Any advice you folks can offer would be appreciated. I'm sure I'll have more questions once the 8930 arrives, but I'd like to get started cleaning up the AIO while I wait.

Thanks!

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#1
December 5, 2019 at 08:46:56
no migration tool, but a manual workaround perhaps. Bit crude i guess, more serious responses will come later ;)

why dont you do the following:

write down the MS office product key & any other license key

once you get the new dell system, run this .vbs script to find your valid win 10 license(which you paid for):
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/find...

write down your windows key which came with the new system.

then reinstally windows 10(this will get rid of the dell bloatware) with windows media creation tool, decent guide here:
https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how...

then just reinstall the software & activate them with your own license codes which you wrote down before.

after that all you need to do is connect the old hard drives/SSD's to the new PC using sata+molex
& copy the files you want (still organised the way you stored them) to the new PC.

once everything is done, just format the old drive & use it for extra storage.

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December 5, 2019 at 09:15:04
As for the bloatware, you can use Revo Uninstaller. It will identify all the installed software & you can then pick/choose what to get rid of. Win10 has it's share of bloatware as well. Here's a screenshot of some of the Win10 apps: https://www.revouninstaller.com/wp-...

If you've never used Revo before, it triggers the uninstaller for the program you want to remove & if you choose the Advanced option, you can also remove any leftover registry entries, files or folders missed by the uninstaller.

EDIT: forgot the link: https://www.revouninstaller.com/pro...

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December 5, 2019 at 10:27:40
hidde663:

re: then reinstall windows 10(this will get rid of the dell bloatware) with windows media creation tool

I'll need to look at the warranty. The new Dell comes with some sort of 1 year on-site-after-call-center-contact warranty. I can't imagine they'd balk if I disabled some bloatware, but an OS wipe/install might be taking it a little too far.

I'll bet they have diag tools that they will want to use and once they can't find them, I might be out of luck.

re: after that all you need to do is connect the old hard drives/SSD's to the new PC using sata+molex

With the AIO, I don't think there is an easy way to connect the old and new drives unless I really tear the AIO apart to get to the innards. I guess it's possible. Never been inside an AIO, but I'll bet it'll be more work than just opening a PC chassis and sliding the drive out of a bay.

re: once everything is done, just format the old drive & use it for extra storage.

I'm getting a 1 TB drive in the new unit. Not sure I'll need any more room than that, based on my usage. I'd probably just end up adding the AIO drive to the stack of old drives I've already got. ;-)

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#4
December 5, 2019 at 10:30:32
riider:

Thanks for the tip on the Revo product. Any idea if the apps can be disabled vs. uninstalled? Just thinking about the warranty and how far I can go before Dell says "We can't help you, you've altered the system too much."

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#5
December 5, 2019 at 11:31:03
Autoruns is another great tool, it will show you everything and I mean absolutely everything that is running on your system. It will give you the option to un-install it or just shut it off from running.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sy...

To shut off the process, just take the checkmark out or right click on the entry to access other features.

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December 5, 2019 at 12:14:25
Thx, Thx

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#7
December 5, 2019 at 21:35:45
to transfer the files you can take the old hard drive and either get a SATA to USB adapter cable, possibly with power supply or an external case to put it in and later use if for your back ups after it is wiped.

you can Google the programs and their purpose to decide if you want to uninstall them individually or just disable them in services. Uninstall any you will never use. Disable the Start with Windows option on nearly all programs except your antivirus program, this helps the most.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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