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2 computers on one operating system.

by Michael30.06 / February 2, 2006 3:37 PM PST

I have a Toshiba satelite pro 4600 Laptop running Windows 2000 professional and windows NT workstation 4.
Also a Compaq presario running windows Me. Both were bought as packages with the software already loaded so I do not have the operating systems on disk.
Only the Presario has a disk burner.
I want to run both computers on the Windows Me operating system because I have just about got used to it. Can I copy the whole hard disk of the Presario including the operating system on to the laptop? Mick.

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RE: Not such a good idea.
by enTRAP / February 2, 2006 7:58 PM PST

You could actually succeed in mirroring the hard drive to the other computer but that doesn't make it a good idea. Most of your driver files and system settings would only be appropriate for the original PC so if the system booted at all, you would need to install a lot of hardware and it would be difficult.

Plus, without an additional license for WinMe, you'd be breaking the law and Windows Millennium is not worth it. Windows 98, maybe, but not Me.

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Go download linux
by jer2eydevil88 / February 2, 2006 10:11 PM PST

Copying Windows ME from one machines hard drive to another is feasible and can be as simple as 1. 2. 3. if both hardware configurations are similar. In your case they won't be so you'd be left performing very technical tasks to make it work. On top of all that you would have to format your old drive in order to legally use it on the new one.

Save yourself the trouble and grab a copy of Linux from

Linux is free and if you have a cd-burner its a very simple process to give it a try.

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