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backing up to restore another computer

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#1 jaccka


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:47 PM

I have 2 Alienware M18X laptops. Both have been reset to factory settings and windows 10 installed via a usb. They are exactly the same computers. One works perfectly but the other freezes or black screens not long after the desktop appears. My question is can i back-up the one that is working and restore it on the 2nd one? Hardware is both the same and diagnostics show there is no fault.

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#2 RolandJS


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:05 PM

Yes, either through restoring an OS full-partition [or logical drive] image, or, cloning the good onto the not-so-good. I've done it before.  As long as each computer has its own OEM or MS product key, you're home free.

Edited by RolandJS, 14 December 2015 - 06:06 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.


Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:35 PM

Hi Jaccka,


Sure you can clone the Windows install but I'm not sure how Windows 10 will react to that in terms of activation because the activation done in one machine will not be valid for the other machine due to the different Hardware ID.


Maybe you want to test and tell us the result :)

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#4 richcbro


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:44 PM

Yes you can clone the good Windows to the other, as long as you have separate product key.

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#5 jaccka

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 10:38 AM

TY for quick responses.

Restored from USB from good to bad computer. Still getting black screen and freezing on it. Diagnostic scans all come back good . Noticed that display drivers aren't AMD as they should be but Microsoft so am working on getting that fixed in between BS and freezes.

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