The Replace Computer scenario involves two Task Sequences. The first is executed on the old PC and captures user data and settings using the Microsoft User State Migration Tool (USMT). When using the 1E Windows Servicing Suite, the Task Sequence can store this data on a local peer to avoid the need for State Migration Points. If you are using the Windows Servicing Assistant it is also possible to allow users to migrate their data and settings using a USB drive.

The second Task Sequence is executed on the new computer and restores the data that was captured from the old PC. Typically a Computer Association is required in Configuration Manager to support the Replace Computer scenario so that when the restore Task Sequence executes it can identify the source computer (old PC) from which the data was captured. However, if you are using the Windows Servicing Assistant, machines are associated with the user, so a user can restore data they previously backed up from any other machine to their new PC without requiring a Computer Association to be defined.

The following pages detail how to create the capture and restore Task Sequences.