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

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?

Thanks
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nick2253Commented:
You should look into software called PC Mover, or the like.

Cheers,
Nick
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opnjCommented:
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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nick2253Commented:
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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opnjCommented:
Ghost most likely will work. Usually you can clone the image, then repair windows to fix driver issues.

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/sunset-c2002kb.nsf/0/0bf8e55bb4a01d1885256ee500610caa?OpenDocument
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nick2253Commented:
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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opnjCommented:
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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newbie27Author Commented:
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

thanks
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nick2253Commented:
What are the specs of the target laptop?
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newbie27Author Commented:
XP SP3

Interel Pentium Dual CPU

t3400  @ 2.16 GH
994 Mhz 1.99 GB 0f RAM

Physical Address Extenstion
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nick2253Commented:
Because of the difference between the AMD and Intel architectures, I don't believe it is possible to transfer wholesale the image of your source computer to your laptop.  My recommendation is to look into software like PC Mover, that will move your settings and programs over, but leave the core OS intact and untouched.

PC-Mover:  http://www.laplink.com/pcmover

Good luck,
Nick
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newbie27Author Commented:
ok thanks for your advise

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

thanks
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veedarCommented:
The easiest way is to create a virtual machine image based on your work pc with vmware converter:

http://www.petri.co.il/virtual_convert_physical_machines_to_virtual_machines_with_vmware_converter.htm

And then run the virtual machine on your home pc. All this is free.
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newbie27Author Commented:
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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