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Two Dells into one?

I have two identical hardware Dell tower computers both running XP - I need to get rid of one and all its accesories but dont wishh to lose all the infiormation stored on the hard drive - I have been able to move one hard drive into the chassis of the other and the 'new' system boots up and runs... so far so good - BUT how do I integrate the stuff stored on the imported drive into the system- eg I have pictures and files and some different software packages wish I would still loike to use.

any help appreciated. Thanks

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You can't

You can't. Software will not migrate. You can reinstall it on the system left standing, or you can create a dual boot between the two drives, though technically the second copy of Windows is not licensed any longer and so it would be the same as pirating.

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Two into one?

Tahnk You.

I do have all the licences for all the software on both original systems so I would have thought they were both covered? How do I create a dual boot system?

or how can I use the second added drive simply as a drive with its contents - and relaod all the needed apps software from the original discs which I have?

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The problem

The problem comes in that the copy of Windows that comes with brand name computers lives and dies with that computer. There are no transfer rights. It doesn't matter if you still have the old system around, if you run that copy of Windows on any other system, it is a violation of the license agreement. So, forum rules prohibit me from assisting in the dual boot setup.

My advice, would be to back up the files you want to keep, reinstall the apps you want on the drive that came with the system you're keeping, then format the other one for storage space. You'll lose all the configuration settings, but those can be recreated with some time.

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Two into one

Thanks - I'll try and do that - I have a large 500Mb drive which I can download onto (hopefully) and then sort it out that way.

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