Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:59 AM
I've used the techniques in the article before with good success. I've also done it without it - and it caused havoc with my system. The fix for that is a repair install (but that's a whole lotta time).
One other piece of advice that I've used with good results is to remove all hardware devices that aren't present on the new system before shutting down for the last time on the old system. Then, when you boot for the first time on the new system, Windows should take care of recognizing all of the new hardware on it's own.
IMO, this will work OK - but if it's completely different hardware it may cause Windows to become confused and stop working altogether. I have tried this on my own systems - but my systems are generally made out of similar hardware, so Windows doesn't get a challenged with recognizing my hardware (Asus mobo's, nVidia based graphics cards, Intel processors, etc) But in the end, if it does "tank" on you, the solution is the good old repair install.
The primary advantage of this is that it lets you keep the same security descriptors on the system - and won't mess up your access to older data that was done on the old system (and using NTFS). With FAT32, this won't be a problem - but it's enough of a pain that I prefer the repair install to a clean install.
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