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Offline rrinker

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Re: Cloning WinXP onto new hardware - workable?
« Reply #50 on: January 22, 2019, 08:00:16 pm »
 I would definitely virtualize something like this, then you can keep copies of the virtual machine file that can be quickly spun up on other hardware if the original hardware fails. Then the underlying hardware doesn't really matter, so long as it has enough resources to run the VM, it can fire up this system and get back in business.
 We've done this many times, not for the purpose of retaining an old system, but for the purpose of keeping it going long enough to transfer the data to more modern systems.

 As for swapping drives - with XP that's not likely to work very well. I've done it many times with newer versions of Windows. At one point I went through 3 laptops in a month - not failures but a newer and better model became available. I just swapped the hard drive, I believe it was Windows 7 at the time. It booted, did a whole bunch of driver updates and rebooted. Sometimes there was a missing driver, but nothing critical to the basic boot and login, so it was just a matter of hitting the manufacturer web site and downloading the missing driver. That was swapping between different models, with different CPUs, screen resolutions, etc. but all from the same manufacturer. Even if you DO get that far with XP - most newer hardware does not even have XP drivers available from the vendor.

 

Offline Electro Detective

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Re: Cloning WinXP onto new hardware - workable?
« Reply #51 on: January 25, 2019, 10:32:53 am »
Thumbs up here for running XP (and 2000!) on DELL gear  :-+ :-+  NEVER had a problem > PAY ONCE, CRY ONCE OEM PCs

just make sure you have the genuine Dell XP Recovery CD to bail you out in case of drama,
with no Activation BS or desperate online piracy suggestions to think about on a legit Dell box/laptop if/when shtf
and you have to nuke a p0rn infected partition, format and reinstall


FWIW: Dell Vista SP2 and Win 7 OEM upgrade rigs aren't too shabby either  :clap: :clap:

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Re: Cloning WinXP onto new hardware - workable?
« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2019, 10:40:41 am »
I used to do the trick where you install a service pack and then change the drive at the point where it says it has to reboot to finish the install. The reason being that the service pack update forces a hardware re-detect at this point in the process, so you can get it to boot when it would have otherwise BSOD.
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Re: Cloning WinXP onto new hardware - workable?
« Reply #53 on: January 25, 2019, 10:50:17 am »

I used to do the trick where you install a service pack and then change the drive at the point where it says it has to reboot to finish the install.

The reason being that the service pack update forces a hardware re-detect at this point in the process, so you can get it to boot when it would have otherwise BSOD.



Not quite with you on that one  :-// 

If you "change the drive at the point where it says it has to reboot to finish the install..." how does the C: or main Boot Drive drive get ummm...Service Packed?

Where do the files go? or does it default back to C: on the reboot ?

Handy to know if it works, and on any PC


EDIT: I'm assuming it means a physical drive swap from one PC box to another PC  :-[

« Last Edit: January 25, 2019, 10:57:23 pm by Electro Detective »
 

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Re: Cloning WinXP onto new hardware - workable?
« Reply #54 on: January 26, 2019, 10:50:17 am »
Sorry, i should have been clearer.
Yes, exactly

I mean you swap the drive from it's current MB/CPU/RAM/VID hardware to a totally new one.
A lot of the time doing this on XP results in a BSOD or a windows activation error because it expects to find the hardware it was first installed on.
But if you do it during the service pack reboot it does a hardware redetect and doesn't have the problem,

Oh and if you're already on the latest service pack, so can't upgrade to anything, I have had good luck rolling it back to a past service pack using an old restore point and then replying the service pack.

From memory there is another way to force a hardware re-detect, i can't remember what it was but i do remember it being easier to just use the service pack reboot method.
« Last Edit: January 26, 2019, 10:58:53 am by Psi »
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