Remove windows XP

December 19, 2009 at 10:30:42
Specs: Windows XP
My current C drive is failing and to ensure that everything doesn't get lost, I installed a sata drive and put Windows XP Media Edition on it making it bootable - it is presently disconnected.

I want to remove windows from the main drive and clone everything to the new drive using Spotmau.

Is this feasible and will it take my registry across too?

The installation of windows xp has been giving trouble and that's why I don't want to take it across.

Once everything is moved I will dispose of the current C drive and make the SATA drive C:\

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December 19, 2009 at 14:18:27
Your plan has several serious flaws.
when you installed MCE onto the SATA drive did you do so while the original XP drive was still connected? What drive letter was allocated to the MCE disk? If MCE was installed while the XP disk was still connected it will have been allocated some other drive letter such as E or F.
Once an operating system is installed and has been allocated a drive letter that drive letter cannot be changed.
You should also be aware that if you did set up MCE in a dualboot with XP still connected, then all the bootfiles are on the current C drive. If you disconnect that and leave only the SATA disk, it will not boot.
I don't understand what you mean when you say you want to clone the contents of your XP drive to the SATA drive including the registry , but you do not want to keep XP
You need to start over.

Format the SATA drive. Wipe it clean.
Take your original XP drive out and leave only the new SATA drive connected.

Instal MCE on the SATA as a C partition.

Reset bios so it boots the SATA drive first. Re-connect the old XP drive and copy any files you want across to your new drive. Any/all programs that were installed in XP will have to be reinstalled in MCE. you cannot just copy progs across nor can you import the XP registry into MCE

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December 19, 2009 at 15:48:36
Thank you for your reply.

No, the SATA drive was the only drive connected and it has been allocated the drive letter C: That is the reason that it is currently disconnected.

By removing Windows from the current C: \ drive, I can boot to the new C: and work from there.

The current drive is 80G and is three quarters full I didn't relish moving program by program. By getting rid of windows and cloning everything across might save a whole bunch of time.

Your thoughts?

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December 19, 2009 at 16:01:04
It won't work. You cannot "clone" installed programs from one operating system to another nor can you import registry from one operating system to another.

If you set bios to boot the SATA drive first you should be able to use windows explorer to copy/paste whatever files/documents etc from the old drive to new one but you absolutely must reinstal programs.

As for "removing XP" from the original drive, wait until you have transferred everything you need from that drive to the new one and then format the old disk. If it is still physically ok just use it for extra storage.

If some of the things you want to transfer from the old drive include things like game high scores/saves/settings etc then the way to do this is to instal the game in the new operating system, then copy/paste over the new game folder with the old one.

You might also look at using files & settings transfer wizard. Boot up the old drive. Use it to copy such things as email & internet settings, addressbooks and saved favourites . Copy them to an external medium such as CD or flashdrive then boot up MCE and import those things from the CD/flash drive.

Good luck with it. Hope it all works out for you.

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December 20, 2009 at 05:34:11
I would not bother trying to clone Opearting Systems or programs, you are only dragging problems along. Nothing as good as a good re-install. Windows works best that way. Just copy files from the bad disk to the good one, don't copy OS'es or programs, it'll give a bad end result. When copy is done, use as additional disk or throw away. You can leave files (and a non-bootable OS) for as long as you want.

And one more advice: stay out of the registry, don't do anything with it, unless you want to create an instable system. Even MS does not know how it works.

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