Copy One Computer to add to Another

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
March 4, 2010 at 08:36:38
Specs: Windows XP
Ok. I have a old desktop that has a software with registries that I want to know how to clone and re image my new mini tower with the same space capacity so the software and registries will be moved over and open with no problem. I tried using utilities like Acronis, Norton Ghost, DriveImage XML, It may have the option but it hasn't worked for me. I used DriveImage to move all the files over but when I clicked on like Excel or Word they said I have to reinstall thus showing me the image didn't work because I don't want to re-install anything. can someone recommend a tutorial or a software that can help me. Remember I want to copy one computer and put the image of it to another computer so I dont want to re-install anything and just run as if I was using the old computer. Thanks

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#1
March 4, 2010 at 09:06:42
You are advised to install fresh to the new hardware.

Reason your clones haven't worked is due to differences in hardware which results in the wrong drivers/registry entries for the new hardware.

Google sysprep for a how to prepare for a clone.


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#2
March 4, 2010 at 09:45:05
Ok sysprep was something I was about to do some research
on. But I was looking at other forums and how about if the
new hard drive I just wipe it out install windows xp on it and
bring over a image file I have of the computer from the
software hdclone.

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#3
March 4, 2010 at 09:57:57
:-) The image file would wipe out the new install if restored.

You maybe able to extract files from an image but that does not address the missing registry entries put there by the software install.


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#4
March 4, 2010 at 10:02:15
Further to wanderer's comment above ...

Nor will you know how to identify and where to place all the DLLs and other files installed by the software in what Windows folders.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
March 4, 2010 at 10:08:38
Thanks for the quick responses. So far this website has been a
big help. So I'm guessing sysprep is the way to go then huh. I
was trying to find the easiest way.

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#6
March 4, 2010 at 10:38:33
even with sysprep your odds of success are small. Works great with same to same hardware

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