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how to make an image of XP operating system to install on other

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Hello Experts,

I have a situation at work where I want to my laptop exact copy as my work PC. I wanted to know if there is a software or a utiility I can use to make my laptop exactly identical as my PC, installing softwares with the configurations and registry settings.

Please can someone advise how I can go about doing this?

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You should look into software called PC Mover, or the like.

Cheers,
Nick

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The best solution I have found it to use Symantec Norton Ghost.

http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost

You will also want to change the SID of the machine you create.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx

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I don't think that Ghost will work, because you are trying to restore to dissimilar hardware.  Correct me if I'm wrong opnj (and I hope I am, because this is just one more reason for me to love Norton Ghost), but I though Ghost couldn't extract and recreate the HAL for dissimilar restore.

Cheers,
Nick
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Based on my understanding of that article, if you are going from an AMD to Intel machine (or vice versa), or if you have a different interface bus (IDE vs SCSI vs SATA) on the two machines, you will have a problem.  The drivers and interface necessary for these core components are installed at install time, and cannot be modified after install from within Windows.

Cheers,
Nick

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There is a possibility, I have found it to work most of the time. There are also ways to use acronis and a few others for true bare metal restore, but it will cost alot more. I bleive more info on the machines is needed from the asker.

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thanks both for your valuable information,

please see attached a screenshot of the source computer(PC)

the target machine is my laptop which is Dell Inspiron 1525 downgraded from Vista to XP

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What are the specs of the target laptop?

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XP SP3

Interel Pentium Dual CPU

t3400  @ 2.16 GH
994 Mhz 1.99 GB 0f RAM

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ok thanks for your advise

let me give it a try .... will get back you soon...

thanks
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Hello veedar

thank you for proposing VMware solution, it is really looking a nice solution.

will give a try and get back to you soon.

thanks
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