XP Home Acronis True Image Home Cloning The HD

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New Orleans Novice

Using XP Home and Acronis True Image Home

What is the best method to install XP home or Proff each day on a new HD ?
I buy used PC's with the legit 25 install key either for Home or Proff.
Most are Dell or Compaq.

Can Acronis True Image Home be used to clone the hard drive after the
initial install before any program or drivers is added to it?
Then use Acronis True Image Home to restore the XP Clone to the new HD ?

Can the Cloned HD be restored on a new HD in a Dell or Compaq PC but not
necessarily the same make and model PC ?
Should the Acronis True Image Home be used to CLONE a HD in a Generic No
Name PC for future RESTORE in a Dell or Compaq ?
What would you do ?

Thank you from New Orleans
 
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Shenan Stanley

New said:
Using XP Home and Acronis True Image Home

What is the best method to install XP home or Proff each day on a
new HD ? I buy used PC's with the legit 25 install key either for
Home or Proff. Most are Dell or Compaq.

Can Acronis True Image Home be used to clone the hard drive after
the initial install before any program or drivers is added to it?
Then use Acronis True Image Home to restore the XP Clone to the new
HD ?
Can the Cloned HD be restored on a new HD in a Dell or Compaq PC
but not necessarily the same make and model PC ?
Should the Acronis True Image Home be used to CLONE a HD in a
Generic No Name PC for future RESTORE in a Dell or Compaq ?
What would you do ?

If the hardware is close enough or through some manipulation via your
imaging application or other means - you make whatever image with whatever
applications you want and you store that on the network and apply it as
needed. You may have to change product keys through some means if you are
not using Volume License keys.

With varying hardware - I would likely setup some sort of unattended
installation method, perhaps combining it with imaging for groups of
machines with identical hardware/period of time.
 
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SC Tom

New Orleans Novice said:
Using XP Home and Acronis True Image Home

What is the best method to install XP home or Proff each day on a new HD ?
I buy used PC's with the legit 25 install key either for Home or Proff.
Most are Dell or Compaq.

Can Acronis True Image Home be used to clone the hard drive after the
initial install before any program or drivers is added to it?
Then use Acronis True Image Home to restore the XP Clone to the new HD ?

Can the Cloned HD be restored on a new HD in a Dell or Compaq PC but not
necessarily the same make and model PC ?
Should the Acronis True Image Home be used to CLONE a HD in a Generic No
Name PC for future RESTORE in a Dell or Compaq ?
What would you do ?

Thank you from New Orleans

I don't see why not, but you may need separate images for Dell and Compaq.
We did pretty much the same thing with Norton Ghost. I would set up one PC
with all the drivers and software installed, make a ghost image of it, then
apply that image to however many of like blank PC's I had to do. The only
thing I had to do to them after writing the image to them was to change the
PC name before connecting to the internet. Of course, we had a business
license with X number of installs per key. The only real problem I see would
be applying the separate keys after the restore. Maybe someone has an idea
on how to handle that aspect of it.
 
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SC Tom

SC Tom said:
I don't see why not, but you may need separate images for Dell and Compaq.
We did pretty much the same thing with Norton Ghost. I would set up one PC
with all the drivers and software installed, make a ghost image of it,
then apply that image to however many of like blank PC's I had to do. The
only thing I had to do to them after writing the image to them was to
change the PC name before connecting to the internet. Of course, we had a
business license with X number of installs per key. The only real problem
I see would be applying the separate keys after the restore. Maybe someone
has an idea on how to handle that aspect of it.

I meant to say "connecting to the network." Duh!
 
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Tim Meddick

I do *not* advise doing this at all.

"Close enough" is a term not often associated with computers.

When the Windows OS is first installed, every component of the PC's hardware is
detected and enumerated and virtually all PCs will be different enough to make the OS
freeze completely or not load at all if you try to impose an OS that was installed on
one machine to work on another.

But if you reckon it's worth trying, go ahead - knock yourself out, as they say.


Also, you *can* clone the HD on any PC at any point of the installation.

So if you clone a HD as soon as installation is complete, "...before any drivers",
etc., then, when the "clone" is restored then *that* will be the same state that will
be restored.

Think of cloning as taking a "snapshot" of a system.

I think that is why they call it "drive imaging".

==

Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :)
 
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