My laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate (non OEM) died on me today and it has tonnes of stuff on it – my projects, Visual Studio and office installations, etc. etc.
I am getting a new laptop from somewhere and was wondering if I could just unplug the hard disk from my original (dead) machine and plug it into the new one.
I remember trying this once with Windows Xp (on a desktop) and the OS crashed on boot and I had to reinstall everything again.
I have read about sysprep but by the looks of it, it can be used only when the host computer is alive and kicking — which mine isn't.
My old laptop was a Compaq Pressario v3000 (3 years old) on an AMD and the new one is going to be a new dual core Intel HP laptop.