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I just purchased a new computer and was wondering if it were possible to clone the drive from my old, trusty XP computer to the newer, evil Vista enabled computer?




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If by clone you mean make an exact copy and put in the computer with the newer, different hardware - and have it all just work - probably not.

You can try to make this work, but I don't recommend it. You'd want to use sysprep on the old hard drive before moving it, and I'm sure you'd have to reactivate XP once you did this.

Just get a new copy of XP and install it on your new PC.




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You can use the Files and Settings Wizard to duplicate all your settings (and files) from the old computer to the new one.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/crawford_november12.mspx
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