Sometimes a motherboard dies and you want to replace it with not exactly the same model. Of course, then the OS (Windows) on the hard drive won't boot. Is there any way to make the OS installation on the hard drive hardware independent? Perhaps by cloning it and booting the image in a virtual machine and then SYSPREPing it?
What is the quickest way to do this? I know I can take the data off by hand and then re install the OS and then put it back by hand--very time consuming. Does USMT migrate from computerless hard drive? Or, is there another tool?