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Transferring HDD contents between computers

Is there a method whereby I can transfer the complete contents of the HDD on my old desktop, including the OS (Windows XP), to my new notebook without re-installing all my applications from original media and data files from a back-up? That would be a big time pain, since many of the programs have been updated with patches and such, which obviously won't be on the CD versions. If there is a way, what would I need to do this; cable, software, etc?

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Not a good idea.

The OS is tied to the machine. You can install in on the other and use something like to move the rest.


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Moving programs and data between machines.

Sorry, but I don't follow. Are you saying leave the OS on the new machine as installed by the OEM and then move all the applications and data files using this thing? For the OS, I'd just have to go to Windows Update to get the latest patches, I guess. Can you explain a bit more about this alohabob and how it works? I'll go there to check it out, but a little more info would be appreciated. The main thing I'm trying to avoid is re-installing all my applications from the original CDs and then having to update them all. On another thread here, I saw somrthing about a product called Intellimover. Do you know anything about that and how it works? Thanks!

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That's how it works. XP is not happy to be copied to some hard disk and then booted on a new machine.

Alohabob's web site seemed clear to me so can you be more specific about what you didn't understand?

Intellimover is another such product. You can try that one too.


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Do the updates/patches instead.
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simple answer - no- read on for explanation

PCS gather junk as time goes by. Why move the junk from one pc to another?

I mean how many programs are we talking about here , 10...20 maybe? Then patches?

Do the installs clean, then migrate data. Your pc will thank you for it.

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