Not going to happen. Sorry. Windows and Office are designed specifically to break if you try and do anything like this. Plus, you have an OEM version of Office, so the license lives and dies with your old Gateway system, and is NOT transferable to your new one.
So, abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
i just pulled my old gateway tower from storage and i need to transfer my office 2003 to new gateway desktop. i went thru every box and could not find disc. i'm going to get rid of old harddrive it is only 10 gig but i want my stuff off it before i make unuseable. i am running xp pro sp2 on old drive and xp pro sp3 on new harddrive. my new desktop is very stable and i don't want to hurt it.i don't know what i'm doing getting into cloning and such (fast learner)thoi'd appreciate any type of help to point me in right direction.i went to ANSWER FORUM THRU MICROSOFT but all i got from them is office 2003 is not supported they answer for points only. NO help at all. you've helped in the past and i get real answers here. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE TO THE PERSON WHO SUCCEEDS IN GETTING ANSWERS THIS ONE