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Speedup tip for installing Windooze: How to clone a Windows installation
Authored by: sms on Apr 21, '06 08:29:57PM

Hi Guys,

Instead of this obvious tip I am wondering if there is a real time saver available: is it possible to clone my existing windows installation on my laptop to my parallels virtual machine? That would save me hours of installing and tweaking my windows installation...

Thanks

sms

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Speedup tip for installing Windooze: How to clone a Windows installation
Authored by: stewarsh on Apr 21, '06 08:41:10PM

If you mean an existing Windows Laptop, the answer is yes and no. Unlike Mac OS X or Linux, Windows Hardware Abstraction Layer(HAL) is configured when the OS is first installed. This basically ties the OS to that hardware configuration. Trying to clone it off to another system unless it's identical will lead to problems.

Now for the 'yes' part. If you use a program like Norton Ghost which resets the HAL while it's stripping it off the system, then you can clone the OS with all your programs and setting intact, and Windows will rebuild it's driver database when it boots next. Now there are other ways of doing this that don't require extra cash, but they involve a few steps and some UNIX tools to do.



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Speedup tip for installing Windooze: How to clone a Windows installation
Authored by: interlard on Apr 23, '06 06:43:43PM

I have an old PC laptop that I managed to just copy off into Virtual PC. It was a real hacking experience (thanks to this HAL you mention), but no way am I buying ANOTHER Windows license, when I already have one.

Now that we have Parallels & BootCamp, I'd like to do the same, but for some reason Virtual PC crashes when I try to copy its files. And since Parallels haven't released the Image Tool, I have no way to copy the files into the Parallels virtual hard drive.

If anyone way smarter than me wants to work that out, I'd be very pleased to follow along. :-)



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