XP will recognize that it's in a new environment and will refuse to start because of this. The repair installation is the workaround plus you will have to reenter the ID code. The only way I have been able to clone XP in this way was to use a copy of XP designed for multiple computer use and, even then, the hardware needs to be the same. It seems to be tolerent of different hardware addresses some identical devices have. I do this for a school which purchases special copies of XP for this purpose and pays by the number of PCs it will be installed on.
Hello. I manage 50 computers, and I'm starting to use Ghost 2003 to ''rebuild'' them, when they need everything installed from scratch.
Hre's the method I'm using:
-I have all Dell Optiplexes, but different models. Everything is XP XP2 on NTFS.
-I made a good image file, stored on C: drive of computer ''X''.
-I'm not using Sysprep or any fancy tools. I'm aware that some drivers will need to be reinstalled on the imaged computers, since they are diff models.
-Computer ''Y'' needs a complete rebuild.
-I take Y's hard drive, pop it into X as a slave drive (drive F), and restore my Ghost image from X's C: to Y's drive. Then I put the drive back into Y, jumpering it for ''Master'' again. And then, on Y (the PC with the newly imaged HD)....
WINDOWS WON'T START. On EVERY computer, it does the same thing - windows boots into that mode ''WINDOWS COULD NOT START LAST TIME, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BOOT NORMAL, SAFE MODE, ETC''. No matter which I choose, safe or normal, the PC just freezes after that. Nothing happens. Won't even go into safe mode.
I found a workaround, but the amount of time the workaround takes sort of defeats the purpose of Ghost. If I perform a ''Repair'' reinstall of XP, everything works beautifully. Everything else in the image works great - al the programs, settings. Then I upgrade it to XP SP2, apply all patches, and all is well.... but I would have spend the same amount of time just reinstalling everything, without using GHost!
Does anyone know what may be causing this, or have any suggestions?