How to clone desktop from C:\Windows to E:\Windows on the same system

I have Win2K installed on Drive C:\Windows and also on  Drive E:\Windows I then select which installation to use at boot time.

This all works fine, however the desktop I see on the new second installation (E:\Windows) does not have all the programs available as installed on the first C:\Windows.

I would like to avoid installing all the programs a second time, is there a simple way to clone the desktop from  C:\Windows  to  E:\Windows ?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
There may be some software, but generally, you have to reinstall the apps on both Operating systems.  This is because the VAST majority of todays programs write MANY lines of settings to the registry, put DLLs into various locations on the system.  The time you spend trying to move such settings and files would be better spent ensuring the software actually works on your other install by installing there as well.

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Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
I would think that software reinstallation is pretty inevitable.

The problem you have is that most apps write lots of registry entries referencing "C:\prog...."  when you want the second lot to use "E:\prog..."  You could start doing some horrible find/replacing in the registry, but I think it would get pretty broken, pretty quickly.

 To save yourself some disk space though, create a new drive, and install all applications there from the first OS.  Then, switch to the second OS and reinstall all apps there to the SAME location as used the first time round.  It will overwrite all the application code, but the advantage is that BOTH of the OS's will end up with the appropriate registry, config settings etc, but that you'll only have one set of application code taking up space, but both OS's can see it.


You can use driveimage (symantec) to clone your drive to another, then run the utility "drivemapper" (also part of driveimage) to change all the references from drive C to the new drive E (it changes registry settings as well a ini file settings).
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Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
Sorry [hansw77041];

  Doing a DUAL-Boot. You have to install the software on both OP's.
Their is not software avaialble that will allow you to take one, from another
Without reinstallation of the programs.

  You information is exactly what I got my father to do on a Dual Boot
With Win98 / Win2k
Great information

hansw77041Author Commented:
Comment for rindi.
Drive mapper is old and is no longer recommended for Windows 2000 ( or xp)
From Symantec's web site:
# If you are using Windows NT®, Windows 2000, or Windows XP as your only operating system, Symantec recommends using the "Change Drive Letter" operation
rather than DriveMapper.
# If you run multiple operating systems, you should reinstall applications rather than use DriveMapper.
See the PartitionMagic User Guide for an explanation of why this is recommended.

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I tired to split points and nothing happens.
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Yes I followed the instructions. It did not stick....
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