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Back in the XP days there was the sysprep tool but google returns hits only in context with XP and earlier operating systems.

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Make sure it is similar hardware otherwise you could get errors. – Qwerty Sep 1 '09 at 0:32
it can be done with Vista too, just install the generic Microsoft Standard IDE Controller before moving the drive to another machine. of course this does require re-activation when done. – Molly7244 Sep 1 '09 at 0:32
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try sysprep.exe in the %WINDIR%\system32\sysprep folder. See Sysprep Technical Reference.

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Thanks, the key here is that this 'Applies to: Windows 7'. I have used it in the past but all the google hits for it returned references to XP and 98SE. – keithwarren7 Sep 1 '09 at 2:24

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