migration Windows xp with SP2 to another PC with differet hardware.

Dear all,

Any one know how to migrate the HDs of a windows XP with SP2 platform to anthoer brand new hardware, what I want is to migrate to a new PC and after that I upgrade the platform to Vista.

Any one got sure experience?
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Asked:
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and235100Commented:
I would personally suggest that you migrate the OS as WIndows XP - then upgrade.
You may have issues doing either way though.

For example - if you don't upgrade to Vista first - then you may have issues trying to find XP drivers for the new hardware.
Or - if you upgrade to Vista first - you may get issues as the Acronis software was really designed for XP (it does support Vista - but I wouldn't know how reliable it is for Vista).

I think the first option is the lesser of the two evils.
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and235100Commented:
Acronis TrueImage Server with Universal Restore:
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATIESWin/universal-restore.html

This will do the job a treat.
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and235100Commented:
Workstation may be a better option - you can use Universal Restore with that as well:
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
Thanks,

You means I can download trial edition and that that function well? of course I prefer free software.

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and235100Commented:
You get what you pay for. This is excellent software that will be of great use in the future.
As far as I know - you cannot obtain a trial version of Universal Restore - so unless you were restoring the data to a computer that had exactly the same hardware - then the trial of Workstation would be useless.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
Thanks,

Can Vista auto detect the new hardware and make the OS startup without any problem? What I can think is upgrade to Vista first and then change a new PC.

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Since you plan to upgrade to Vista, I'd suggest you do a clean new install of Vista, rather than upgrading the XP installation.   May take a bit more time, since you'll have to reinstall all of your applications;  but you'll have a clean system with none of the issues you might encounter when you move an old system to new hardware [a Repair install of XP should fix most of these; but it's still best to do a clean install when you replace the motherboard and CPU].

You can still use the Vista upgrade version ... see the details here for how to do a clean new install using the upgrade DVD:  http://windowssecrets.com/comp/070201/
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
Thanks all,

I think I have to reinstall everything if I port it to different hardware platform.

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and235100Commented:
This was always the best way of doing it.
But with some patience - it can be done with the Acronis product.
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