Cloned Computer Won't Run WIndows Live Mesh Properly

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I cloned my home computer in order to reinstall a crashed system on my office computer. (I also changed the Win 7 product ID in order to ensure it was unique and legal.) However, Windows Live Mesh now insists that the machine at home and the machine in the office are the same machine, despite obvious hardware and software differences in the two machines.

I uninstalled Windows Live on both machines.  I also removed the ID from the WIndows Live Devices page.  When I reinstall, however, the machine in the office conitiues to insist thnat it is the original machine, rather than the new machine it should be.

Pelase help resolve this.
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Top Expert 2010
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If you just clone a machine without sysprep, both machines will have the same SIDS and it is the cause of your problem.

Try the following to change the SIDS of the office pc.

http://www.drbl-winroll.org/

I have not tried it. Do make an extra backup before you try.

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It seems that the New SID part of this program is no longer there or not working with Windows 7 anyway.  IS there ANY tool out there to help change the SID?  Surely it would only need one character to differentiate it from the original computer the OS was cloned from?
In the end as I had created the backup using Acronis Home 2011 Plus pack, I figured worse case scenario I'd have to reinstall the backup.  So I found a copy of NewSid, held my nose, and took the plunge.  It appears, when all is said and done, to be aspecialized search and replace program.  I was lucky, nothing went awry, and it went through the registry changing the SID number to a new one.  WIndows Live MEsh now works, so that was definitely the problem. I confirmed with Acronis, who were not able to help but did confirm your diagnosis.  Thanks so much for the help.  It was invaluable.  Just couldn't get that program you recommended to change the SID.
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Peter Rubie
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Glad to know your feedback.

My routine is do a sysprep first before cloning if both the old and new pc needs to live together in a single network after cloning is made.

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This lead to further research on my part that may prove useful to others in this situation.

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