copying one system to another

Hello:
I just bought a new computer and want to transfer the contents of my old computer to my new one. I would appreciate if someone could provide me with some help on how to do this exactly?
I want to copy it in such a way so that once the contents are copied to my new machine and I reboot, the new machine looks exactly like the old one.
Appreciate,
J
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TurcoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
there are many ways to do this depending your OS.

If you are using win95/98, the easiest way is to use Norton Ghost. But if you don't want to use any 3th party software, you can attach you new HD to you old PC, format it with system transfer and copy all of your old disc to new one except windows swap file (you can not copy it). if you chose this way you must create some folders in their DOS NAME order. ex: if you have MS office & FrontPage in your PC; in four Program Files folder you have these folders:
Microsoft FrontPage
Microsoft Office
there DOS NAMES may be like this (You can view it from Properties dialog):
MICROS~1 for Office
MICROS~2 for FrontPage
when you copy them to your new disc, they will be:
MICROS~2 for Office
MICROS~1 for FrontPage
This can cause some problems because some registry entries use DOS FILE NAMES.
IF YOU USE GHOST YOU WILL DONT HAVE THIS PROBLEM.

After copying your disc any way,you should boot your new PC in SAFE MODE, then you must delete ALL devices from
Control Panel /System
then reboot your computer ands run "Detect New Hardware" from Control Panel.

ATTENTION: You must have Windows CAB files in your HD. Because you can't acces to CD-ROM at this point.

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pdeleonCommented:
Some of this depends on the type of computer your old one is versus your new computer.

Depending on how vintage your old one is, you may try to use software like Ghost (a trial version is available on the Norton website ...  www.norton.com) or you may use some other types of cloning software like PQ's DriveCopy.

I believe that even LapLink has imaging capability.
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TurcoCommented:
there are many ways to do this depending your OS.

If you are using win95/98, the easiest way is to use Norton Ghost. But if you don't want to use any 3th party software, you can attach you new HD to you old PC, format it with system transfer and copy all of your old disc to new one except windows swap file (you can not copy it). if you chose this way you must create some folders in their DOS NAME order. ex: if you have MS office & FrontPage in your PC; in four Program Files folder you have these folders:
Microsoft FrontPage
Microsoft Office
there DOS NAMES may be like this (You can view it from Properties dialog):
MICROS~1 for Office
MICROS~2 for FrontPage
when you copy them to your new disc, they will be:
MICROS~2 for Office
MICROS~1 for FrontPage
This can cause some problems because some registry entries use DOS FILE NAMES.
IF YOU USE GHOST YOU WILL DONT HAVE THIS PROBLEM.

After copying your disc any way,you should boot your new PC in SAFE MODE, then you must delete ALL devices from
Control Panel /System
then reboot your computer ands run "Detect New Hardware" from Control Panel.

ATTENTION: You must have Windows CAB files in your HD. Because you can't acces to CD-ROM at this point.

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