Hi,

Good Morning.

I have a laptop(older hardware 5 years old) which needs to be upgraded to a latets model. But the user needs ALL (absolutely 100%) the settings and applications to be exactly similar to the old laptop. So I'm planning to use a cloning software which can do cloning across different hardware. I can install few drivers manually if needed. But at the end all the applications and their settings need to be exactly similar to the olde laptop. I'm tetsing Ghost and acronis now. Please let me know if there are any other ways to achieve this.

Thanks for your help.

Praveem
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Sysprep and imagex are both free and provided by microsoft. The only caveat to using imagex is you will need to boot into some winpe environment to apply the image. Sysprep though will work hand in hand with any imaging utility.
Answered 05/05/2008 by: spottedcoin
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It would be useful to know if you use a product such as Altiris Deployment solution, as this could be used to do what you are after. If not, I agree with spottedcoin in that the best way to take/backup the image of the machine in order to migrate to a different platform would be to use Microsoft's Sysprep.

Note, you should only Sysprep the machine prior to migration as all references to hardware are removed as part of the process - hence forcing the installation of drivers etc.

Sysprep is a powerful tool, I'd recommend you do a bit of reading....

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457073(TechNet.10).aspx
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577

Cheers

Simon.
Answered 06/05/2008 by: simoncummings
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i've been using Acronis Echo with Universal Boot, works 9 times out of 10 without the universal boot plugin you will not be able to move an image to a different pc tho
Answered 09/12/2008 by: mdlister
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