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Cloning Program from XP Prof to new HDD with Windows 7


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#1 Luckysam28

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 12:39 PM

Hello!

 

I have an interesting holiday gift project and would like help finding the best approach. I want to upgrade my Dad's old desktop tower for a new one and am not sure what to do about keeping the windows install on the old computer. 

 

My goal: Enable Autocad 2006 on current desktop to be run on the new desktop.

 

Preferred option: Copy Autocad 2006 program files into new HDD with new OS (compatible with Windows 7)

 

Second option: Clone WIndows XP Professional to a partition of a new HDD and boot whenever this program needed to run.

 

Are either of these options possible; is there a better way to accomplish my goal? I would greatly appreciate any information on how to accomplish these tasks!

 

Current PC specs: 

OS: Windows XP Professional 

Version: 5.1.2600

Service pack: 3.0

 

Future PC Specs:
OS: Windows 7 (withholding from 8.1 due to compatibility with Autocad 2006)

 

Thank you,

 

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 12:55 PM

For starters....Autocad 2006 is NOT compatible with Windows 7.

QUOTE System requirements for AutoCAD 2006 | AutoCAD | Autodesk Knowledge Network

System requirements for AutoCAD 2006
Nov 1, 2014

Issue:
This article provides the system requirements for AutoCAD 2006.
Solution:
  • Intel Pentium III or later with 800Mhz Processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition), Windows 2000
  • 512 MB RAM (minimum)
  • 500 MB free disk space
  • 1024x768 VGA with true colour (minimum)
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 SP1

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 01:14 PM

If you get Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, you can put AutoCAD 2006 on a Windows XP Virtual Machine and skip the dual boot configuration, just suggesting.



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 01:39 PM

Even in XP mode there are compatibility issues.

 

Edit: Also, if the hardware is different between computers, cloning the XP to a partition on the new computer would not work as the hardware is different. Some imaging programs allow you to restore to dissimilar hardware but you would still need to activate XP and if the version of XP you have is OEM than you would not be able to activate as OEM is tied to the computer it was installed on. If  XP was a retail version and you had the install disk, you could create a new partition on the new computer's hard drive and install XP then install Autocad but if this is a new OEM computer in all likelyhood it will have a UEFI GPT disk and XP cannot be booted from a GPT disk even if it is XP 64bit. XP 64bit can be used only as a DATA drive on a GPT disk.

 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn640535%28v=vs.85%29.aspx#gpt_faq_xp64_boot

 

Can Windows XP x64 read, write, and boot from GPT disks?

Windows XP x64 Edition can use GPT disks for data only.

Can the 32-bit version of Windows XP read, write, and boot from GPT disks?

No. The 32-bit version will see only the Protective MBR. The EE partition will not be mounted or otherwise exposed to application software.

 


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 November 2014 - 01:53 PM.


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 03:52 PM

If your dad is a college student or has a student that uses his computer :whistle: then the student can use his ID/ email address, etc. to

get a free 3 year license for the new computer.

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