Help me do a brain transplant on my Mom's PC.
November 26, 2007 2:55 PM Subscribe
How do I move everything from one OEM XP Pro PC to another?
Confused by posts I've found.
posted by penciltopper to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Mom's PC needs to be replaced. I won't have time during a visit to reinstall everything program by program, etc.
It's not just files, etc. that I'd need to transfer - I'd like to be able to do something magic with a crossover cable and transfer the entire OS, programs, etc.
Things are clean and well configured on the original, so I'm not worried about transferring anything bad. But I can't spend an extra 3 days re-creating all the work I've done to make/keep it that way.
I knew I'd seen some programs for this (Magic PC Transfer Pony or whatever), but most of the reviews I'm finding are bad.
I went trough a bunch of posts here and I'm confused. This is a move from one OEM licensed PC to another OEM licensed PC. Sometimes it seems that's possible, sometimes not? I'd be OK with calling M$ and re-activating or whatever, but not if it's going to end up all wonky.
TrueImage? Ghost? But the hardware will be different - so will that work? Will it work if I do a "Repair Install" ? If so, what's the order of operations - make image of original, copy to new PC, then do a Repair install?
Please help me not cry. If there's a thread that soved this, point me to it - if not, please tell me what worked for you if you've done this.
P.S. why is this so hard to do and/or why is there no software to do it easily? Are we all expected to start over every time we get a new computer?