Restoring the original Alienware OEM "Look and Feel" after a clean install of Windows 10?

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  1. GoHack

    GoHack Notebook Consultant

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    Hi,

    Is there a procedure, or file for restoring the original Alienware "Look and Feel" after a clean install of Windows 10?

    I found an older procedure for windows 7, 8, and 8.1, but none for 10.

    I just installed an M.2 SSD in my new Alienware 15 R3 (2018), set up as the boot disk, using the USB procedure. I still have the original 1 TB Boot HD, so is there a core file there which I can copy over to the SSD?

    Thanks.
     
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    Shubu Notebook Enthusiast

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    I think, You can do it only with recovery partition. When stock image is lost, i guess only way is to clean install (for 'Look' google Multi-OEM/Retail Project), download and install drivers, apps in order from Dell support site. You can use Samsung Magician to move OS from HDD to SSD.
     
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    I went and did a transfer of the Alienware OEM Windows 10 OS, which came on my laptop, to my new Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD, by using Samsung's Data Migration Software. Everything transferred, including the Alienware Theme. I originally did it via a USB stick, which didn't transfer the Alienware Theme. I was hoping that there was something which could be copied over, but no one seems to know how.

    Also too, I found that I could upgrade from the Windows 10 Home, which came on my laptop, to Windows 10 Pro, by simply using the Windows 7 Ultra retail disk I have, put it in an external DVD player, and then typing in its Key through the Windows 10 upgrade process. I guess when the Key is typed in, it scans for a copy of Windows 7 Ultra on the system. I had read, as well as been told by Microsoft as well, that Windows 7 Ultra had to be physically installed, before upgrading to Windows 10 Pro, via. 7's Key. That doesn't appear to be the case from my experience here.
     
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