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#1 wrhatt

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:48 PM

I have a computer running XP that is dying. Itís a no name built from spare parts. I have learned that Dell outlet is selling computers that still run XP. Is there a program that will take everything off the old computer and transfer it to the new computer? I do NOT want to have to re-load all the programs, patches, and upgrades Iíve collected over the years. Please help.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 09:28 PM

Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...november12.mspx

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 09:46 PM

There is only one tool I know of that can do this. It will copy over your entire windows installation, and then make it work on your new hardware.

Its called Acronisģ Universal Restore, and its kind of expensive, because you need a copy of True image echo to use it.

You could install something like the free VMWARE server and use the vmware converter to run your old machine as a VM inside your new one.

You are probably better off using the machine with the new install anyway given that it has "been a number of years" since you last formatted ;).

If you just want to copy over the data, raw's tip is good. Just remember that the Files and Settings transfer wizard does not copy over your programs, just your data.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 10:23 PM

Acronis looks like what I'm looking for. I'd rather spend the money than spend a day or 2 reloading XP and all it's patches and service packs as well as Outlook. Not to mention trying to find the software to reload other programs I have. Thanks for the information.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:10 PM

You can download Seagate' DiscWizard which has the Acronis True Image, it's a free download.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:16 PM

You can download Seagate' DiscWizard which has the Acronis True Image, it's a free download.

Yes, but not universial restore, which is the whole point. It only works with an Acronis corporate product such as Workstation Echo or Server Echo.
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Vmware converter can do what universial restore does, but not to another physical machine, only to a vm.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:19 PM

If you copy an image of your hard drive over to a new computer you will run into problems because all the hardware drivers will be set up for the old machine. You may need to then boot the new machine into safe mode and update the drivers.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:21 PM

If you copy an image of your hard drive over to a new computer you will run into problems because all the hardware drivers will be set up for the old machine. You may need to then boot the new machine into safe mode and update the drivers.

Thats what universial restore is for :thumbsup:

Acronisģ Universal Restore allows you to restore to different hardware or to a virtual machine, providing complete disaster recovery. Acronisģ Universal Restore prepares you for even the most unforeseen events.


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:27 AM

My mistake, I misread the post. :thumbsup:

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