From: Rob Bell (rbell1_at_csc.com)
Date: Fri Apr 02 1999 - 09:55:24 EST
I think you're facing a real uphill battle here. Transferring any
installed O/S to a new piece of hardware is risky business.
In Win95/98 there's a possibility that it would work by removing all
device drivers (My Computer/Properties/Devices) and let Windows
rediscover them. But I have seen even that fail miserably quite often.
We use Ghost to take a snapshop of our development PCs so we can quickly
restore them after VB corrupts the hell out of the registry. Moving
that snapshot to new, ostensibly identical hardware often fails.
NT, on the other hand, is very likely to not even boot when it is
started with different hardware than it is expecting. I tried moving an
NT4 drive from a 760EL to a 770. No go. To save your sanity and a lot
of future headaches troubleshooting things, the only thing I'd recommend
is doing a fresh install of NT on the 600.
As for copying files over to salvage the apps, that is another trouble
prone process. Because apps tend to put their components in Program
Files, Windows, Windows\System, the registry, and .INI files, you'll
have a real nightmare trying to do it. Your time would be better spent
locating the installation media for those apps instead of trying to move
them. Some applications, though, are pretty self-contained and could be
moved. Lotus Notes, for instance, keeps almost everything in one
directory and doesn't use the registry. It puts one .INI file in the
Windows directory, and if it doesn't find it while starting it will
re-create it with default values. Notes is easy to move. For any
particularly app that you want to check, run Regedit and search the
whole registry for any references to the directory that the app resides
in. If you find none, then you have a decent chance of success. When
you start the app for the first time on the new PC, it will probably
tell you of missing components like .INI files and .DLLs from the
Windows and Windows\System directories. Anything that integrates itself
with the registry is trouble to move.
One note: There may be 3rd party utilities that can support a move of
an app from one PC to another, but I have never had the opportunity to
use them. I do use CleanSweep, which has a feature to move apps, but it
_must_ have monitored the installation process initially to capture the
details. If you have been using CleanSweep or another similar utility
then you might be in luck.
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CSC Minnesota Webmaster
CSC Consulting Group, Minneapolis, MN
> > I in the process of getting a TP600 and when I get it I want to configure
> > a partition on the 600's HD to be identical to what is already on my
> > TP701. What I would like to do is copy the partition on the 701 to the 600
> > thereafter replacing 600 specific stuff (how is the problem. The OS is
> > NT4.0/SP3/NTFS and I cannot rebuild the apps from scratch.
> > I suppose an alternative would be to load the OS on the 600 then move the
> > apps, etc. over but how would you build the registry? Copy it from the
> > 701?
> > Anyway is this just too weird or is there a chance it could be done?
> > Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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