you cant clone a hard drive boot drive from one machine and transplant it into a different machine without having done a driver strip first
this can be done by booting from the winxp cd and running a win xp "repair install" not reinstall
goggle search for "michael stevens win xp repair install"
or you can do like most IT staff does, after you make the clone, boot the original machine into the clone, then run win XP SYSprep on the drive to strip the operating system of all drivers
this needs to be done to "adjust" the severely different HAL inventory (hardware abstract layer) when the transplanted boot drive is fired up, when the new laptop tries to boot and it checks its hardware inventory the laptops hardware doesnt match that of the drivers in the OS>>>> so HAL says NO go; and gives you the sorry charlie message
but the real thing here is; you are trying to run two machines off one activation of windows; this wont work
the steps I outlined above will make windows boot, but it will also trigger the need for XP activation; that call will not go so well. The MS rep will know the hardware inventory from the desktop was much diff than the new laptop hardware, therefore a new copy of win xp is needed
sorry to rain on your parade; if this was a windows 2000 OS you would get away with it / but not XP
Edited by linderman, 16 May 2007 - 08:30 PM.