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Help please- migration PC-PC with XP Pro

By mmarcus ·
I want to migrate a PC's complete contents data and programs to another machine. MS have issues letting you do this which are normally fixed by using the second repair option in the setup menus. However in this instance i dont get the opportunity to use this option as its not presented. I am using an XP Pro version 2003 with SP2 setup CD. Is there any product e.g. another MS XP version or third party product which will allow this. Any other advice would be welcome. Thanks in advance.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Help please- migration PC ...

The main problem here is that you need to transfer Windows across to the new hardware and it will not have the correct drivers installed for the hardware so it fails to start.

This is something that is not supposed to be done even if you do have valid Licenses for both computers what should be done is to just transfer the data across and then reinstall the necessary programs to the new computer Licenses permitting.

But if you absolutely have to do this Clone the Drive with something like Notron's Ghost and ten remove all the windows drivers on the slave drive before removing it and installing it in the new computer. On boot up it should default to the bare Windows Drivers which will come up as New Hardware Found and you'll need to install and reboot as required by Windows. Of course if this is anything but a Volume License copy of XP you'll need to activate the product again and you'll need to change the Product Key which unless the versions of XP are identical will not be possible so you'll be unable to activate it and if you ring up MS you'll most likely find yourself in a world of hurt. The last company here that did something similar settled out of Court for 1.5 Million AU with MS and got named in the next Enforcement Alert which not only gives the companies name & address but also the Principals of the Companies Names.


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by murugathegreat In reply to Help please- migration PC ...

I think ypou can use acronis true image that is the best hard disk clone program available.
You can individually replace the windows ,my documents,program files folder or even the drive itself.I tried it and its prety good and you can start working even while its replacing the hard disk within 10 mi9nutes.The bootable cd gives you the perfect option to clone without windows and replacing the hard disk data without windows.
so even if your windows got any problems you can just use acronis backup and replace it
Even windows files and setings transfer wizard is of good use if you just want to transfer data files

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Help please- migration PC ...

HAL is correct here, you need to remove all drivers for this.
To help, you should run SYSPREP from the from the XP CD to remove driver section from registry and force a PnP detection for new PC.

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by Sue T In reply to Help please- migration PC ...

In the Windows XP section of Tech Republic, Tech Q&A there is a question titled "Windows XP hardware independ deployment", the question was asked on October 19, 2005. I thought the answers to this question looked promising but I haven't had a chance to actually try any of them yet but I did save the question so I could try them. Take a look and see what you think.
Good Luck.

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by wlbowers In reply to Help please- migration PC ...

If you are doing what amounts to an inplace upgrade:

If you don't see the second repair option it is usually because it doesn't see the original installation.

You will have to get the install to see it.


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