Getting a new machine

Posted on 1999-12-14
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I'll be getting a new machine soon.  What is the fastest and/or easiest way to copy everything from my old machine to my new machine w/o having to reinstall my apps.  The new machine has all different drivers for the HD, CD, video...  I've tried making an image of the drive and bringing it in to the new machine, but it won't boot.  There's got to be a better way than installing Win98 first and reinstalling all my apps and data.  Thanks in advance.
Question by:tomva
  • 2
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

dew_associates earned 400 total points
ID: 2280476
Tomva, I know you probably do not want to hear this, but in all honesty there isn't any way of avoiding installing apps to the new machine.

You can't move an image, backup or anything else from one machine to another unless they are identical machines in all hardware respects, right down to the bios. Many have tried, but in the end it will fail because of the inconsistencies in the registry values between the two.

Obviously, you can move data over, such as documents, pictures, music as in wavs, midi etc, but as for avoiding the installation of the actual applications, it can't be done.

Expert Comment

ID: 2313829
Howabout simply hooking up the old hard drive as the primary drive for the new machine, and then using the new hard drive as additional storage?

If that cannot be done, you could try hooking up the old drive to the new 'puter and copying everything. That SHOULD work.

If you don't know how to do either of these, I (or anybody else who knows) can tell you.

LVL 25

Expert Comment

ID: 2316643
Tomva, are you still with us?

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A few solutions to a problem some of us have been having when trying to add Hostgator email accounts to Outlook 2016 (will probably work with Outlook 2013 as well).
In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to convert Youtube to mp3 for Free. We'll show you how easy it is to make an mp3 from your video clips so that you can enjoy them offline.
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…
Suggested Courses

599 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question