Reinstalled Win2000 But Want My Old Apps To Work
Posted on 2001-09-08
I recently swapped out 2 of my hard drives from one machine to another. This new machine has new goodies like a g-force card and more memory. When i placed my 2 hd's into this new system i noticed that my Win2000 OS could not start up (it had an exception error during the splash load up screen indicating: "BOOT DEVICE NOT FOUND" or something like that -- the error screen has a blue background with white text). Well, anyway, i decided to rename my WINNT directory to WINNTX and reinstall windows 2000 into C:\WINNT. The install went fine and i was able to get back into Windows BUT as expected my registry,etc that contains my installed programs and password files (e.g. to get "Disk Access" -- a program to mount Unix drives -- to work) are gone now so i have to start from scratch.
I was wondering, can someone tell me if there is a program out there that can go to my C:\WINNTX diretory and copy out all of the necessary files (registry, etc) to the new C:\WINNT directory so that when i reboot i can see my OS with my original programs and passwords working again..
Before the reinstall (on my old computer) i even had Win2000 ask for a login username/password. I would like to copy all of the necessary files so that this is maintained as well.
Essentially what i want to do is keep what Win2000 has determined as the hardware profiles existing for this new machine (e.g. a new Video card, more ram, etc) but have my original programs and passwords working still as it did before i moved my hds from the one computer to this newer, better computer.
Thanks very much.
If there is no program existing that can do this can you please outline in detail which files i should be grabbing and placing into the WINNT directory.