BUT WinXP will not run on the desktop after doing that. So what is the main idea for this question? If you just want to get the data, then there are ways for that. If you want to actually use the OS after transferring, then you will need to run a reinstall of Windows XP on the desktop.
i am using an ibm laptop with win xp o.s. & 40GB hard disk and i have an external 80GB usb hard disk. i want to transfer all the settings and data to transfer from laptop to desktop using norton ghost software.Is it possible to take the ghost image of the laptop in my usb disk & then restore the image on desktop pc ? please help!