moving data from active into archive table

I've got a SQL Server 2008 R2 database which contains two identical tables, one for "current" records and one for "archived" records (not my choice, but what I have to work with).

I'd like to move records from the current table to the archive table without explicitly identifying the 75+ fields in the two tables.

I'm hoping there is a way to do something like:

INSERT INTO tbl_Archive
SELECT * FROM tbl_Current
INNER JOIN tbl_Archived_IDs on tbl_Current.ID = tbl_ArchivedIDs.Id

And then do a deletion from tbl_Current, for those records which were just copied.

If there is an easy way to do this, please advise.
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Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCAsked:
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
INSERT INTO tbl_Archive
SELECT * FROM tbl_Current

should work without join part but tbl_ArchivedIDs.Id should be altered to be int if tbl_Current.ID in int identity.

But it should this could be part of a transaction in case there is an error in the next delete part (see below), it can roll it back.

Delete From tbl_Current;

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Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCAuthor Commented:
Turned out that there was an Identity column in each of the tables, as well as a timestamp field, so
I simply scripted the table out to a query and deleted those two fields from the field list and then added the fields into the INSERT INTO ( ) and SELECT clauses.
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