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Is it possible to ghost an image from a 32 bit windows 7 professional machine to a 64 bit windows 7 professional machine?

Hi,

At the salon where I work, the 'server' machine (holds some sort of proprietary database software) is actually the office manager's windows 7 professional 32 bit machine.  We have two other windows xp professional machines (all machines are attached to a server 2008 domain) that run the client software that connects to the server pc.

The office manager is upgrading her machine to a 64 bit windows 7 professional model.  I am familiar with the standard ways to transition a user from one machine to another.

However, to move the salon scheduling software requires a call to the support team for the software, and a $600 fee, which we are trying to avoid.

Is there some way to copy the entire image, programs and all, and transfer it to the new workstation?  We would need to retain pc name, IP address, etc.

My instinct says 'No', as even if we were to use some sort of ghost software, it would then be moving a 32bit version of Win 7 to the 64 bit platform... but I am never as 'geeky' as I would like to be, so I was hoping maybe someone knew some tricks that I don't!


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Meelnah
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I would not do that.  That could be a real hard way to find out what is not supported on 64-bit.
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Would it work? Possibly, but it would still be a 32 bit os install... Assuming you make a clone and are able to lay it on different hardware... I don't clone much, I am sure that acronis, or recent versions of ghost can clone hardware agnostic to different platforms....  

Would basically be like installing 32 bit win7 on a 64 bit aware system in my thoughts....

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I used PC Mover on the two computers on my desk and I will not use it again.  Clearly it works for some people.  But I had to do a Lot of cleanup work after using it.
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Gary Case

The Pro version does, however, allow you to specify exactly what to move -- you need to customize the move rather than using one of its wizards.
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Perhaps you could install the software on new machine from the original CD.
Then backup the database from the old machine and restore it into the new database on the new machine

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... Reinstalling the software clearly won't work, since it is tied to the IP, machine name, etc. (as noted in the question)
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is this software really worth the $600 service call! if her hard drive fails then its an easy $600 for the support company.. I'd seriously look for a replacement solution.  You could use outlook for scheduling or a wealth of other software solutions. First time I've seen platinum bits.. Did she get an engraved serial number to go with it.
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First off, sorry for the delay in responding.  I had some family stuff come up that kept me out of the office for a few days.

Second, wow!  Thanks so much for the outpouring of advice.

Weighing the varied opinions of could it/should it be done, I would say that I am leaning toward NOT trying to take the 'easy' way out, and to just contract the support company for the move, especially considering my lack of experience using the ghosting software.

I am considering the virtual solution that you recommended, garycase.  I have some experiencing using Windows Virtual PC, but none with VMWare.  I may try it, as I don't know of a comparable Windows product to VMWare Converter.

To reply to ve3ofa, unfortunately, we are pretty much married to the software we have.  I didn't explain it quite properly, but it not only manages scheduling, but also tracks client histories, therapist/clinician statistics, and does the point-of-sale transactions.

Thanks to all who responded!


Gary Case

If you DO pay the support company to move the software, you may want to have them move it to a VMWare Virtual machine.    Then you could move it as needed to any other physical hardware with no changes.

Just install VMWare Player (free);  and install the OS of your choice in a virtual machine [You will need a license for the OS];  and then you'll be ready for the new install of the salon software.