Reimage A Laptop

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Hi,

I have laptop 01, and also bought another of the same, same hardware, specs, etc... laptop 02.

Instead of installing everything manually, can I get away with making an image of laptop 01 and restoring it to laptop 2?

How does that work with activating Windows? I don't want problems, just save time.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
If you are building the image from the vendor supplied recovery DVD's, you can probably do this.

If you are building the image from you own operating system and key, then when you clone to the other laptop, you will have to activate with a second key. So two keys needed.

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Commented:
I'd use acronis. To make the image
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It doesn't really matter which tool makes the image - what matters is how the computers are licensed. If they had an operating system, it would likely be OEM and if you start with a vendor recovery DVD to build up the image, it might work to restore the Acronis image to the next machine. It would be licensed.

If you supply your own operating system, the OEM licensing no longer is valid, so you need to activate with a new license key.
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@audiotech520 - Thanks, and I was happy to help.

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