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Software Imaging help...newbie

by james_georgee / March 26, 2011 6:01 AM PDT

Hi Friends,
I am very new to the software imaging, please advise if the following is possible.

I have a laptop A with windows xp with some softwares installed and I have another laptop B with windows xp installed which have some other softwares installed.

First of all I wish to create a disk image of A to a hard disk, then I wish to use that image on B.

My question is... in Laptop B, is it possible for me to login with the user credentials of Laptop A and use all the sofwares installed on Laptop A without re-installing in laptop B.

All comments are welcome...please respond with your thoughts.

Thanks in Advance,
JG

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Generally speaking
by Jimmy Greystone / March 26, 2011 8:11 AM PDT

Generally speaking, unless these two laptops are identical makes and models, your whole idea is a non-starter. Windows will simply BSOD when you try and boot it. Also, system imaging means you replace everything on a computer with whatever is in the image, it doesn't just merge the two. So in this case, if you image Computer A and then apply that image to Computer B, everything on Computer B goes away and is replaced by the software from Computer A. In effect, you have two Computer As.

But again, unless Computer A and B have identical hardware, it's a purely academic discussion because it won't work on a technical level. Now, if they are identical in hardware, you then run into the legal hurdle. The license for virtually all software says that you're allowed to use a single copy on a single computer. So, unless you had two licenses for all of that software, you would be effectively pirating that software.

So you have a technical hurdle to overcome, AND a legal one. And discussion of pirating programs is not permitted here, so unless you can prove that you have the permission of every company to use copies of that program in the way you describe, we can't really discuss this matter any further here.

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Thanks...
by james_georgee / March 27, 2011 3:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Generally speaking

Hi Jimmy,
Thanks for your patience to write a detailed answer covering technical and legal issues.

If I understand correctly,
Technical issue : I can only use (A)Dell Latitude D620 laptop image to be used only on another (B) Dell Latitude D620 laptop, otherwise BSOD will be the result.
Legal issue : If I wish to use both A and B laptop, I should have 2 separate licenses for all the software's installed on A.

Thanks,
JG

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Correct
by Jimmy Greystone / March 27, 2011 3:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks...

Correct, and it's also important to note that if say the D620 has the option between Intel graphics and graphics from AMD or nVidia, those have to line up as well. So, if you have one D620 with say some Intel graphics chip, and another D620 with an nVidia graphics chip, that will result in problems as well.

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Thanks again...
by james_georgee / March 27, 2011 5:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Correct

Is there any other options or features I have to consider like the Graphics you specified or where should I get those information related to compatibility.

Thanks,
JG

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