Best Practice for migration from XP to Vista PC
Thread poster: Noe Tessmann
Noe Tessmann  Identity Verified
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Hello,

I have to migrate all my data and my programs from my XP partition (Macbook Pro with Bootcamp) to a new PC with Vista. I figured out that "Windows Easy transfer" should do the trick, but is it really capable to transfer all my programs or is it advisable to reinstall everything from scratch?

Is it possible as a temporary solution to mount a virtual image of my old PC on my new Vista machine? How do I have to proceed in this case? What happens to all the hardware specific drivers?

Thanks in advance vor any hint.

Best regards

Noe

[Edited at 2009-08-06 07:45 GMT]


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Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
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Not sure Aug 6, 2009

To get the most out of your new OS I would reinstall everything from scratch. It takes time (though in the end it's only one PC), but at least you won't have to have any doubts if anything goes wrong in the future.

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Hi Noe Aug 6, 2009

I personally have installed all necessary programs from scratch and simply copied my data. Everything works like a clockwork.

Natalia


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Datafiles can be transferred Aug 6, 2009

But software must be installed, so that the registry is updated. Otherwise the programs won't have access to the resources of the machine, I think.
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Heinrich


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Program settings only, grrhh Aug 6, 2009

Hello,

thanks for your answers. It seems that just the program settings can be transferred. So I have to reinstall them before moving and overwriting the settings.

Do be sure not to forget something I would like to mount a virtual image of my old PC in the new Vista. I think it must be possible with VMware Fusion and maybe also with some free software like Virtualbox.

Regards

Noe


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Maybe Aug 6, 2009

Maybe it could be possible, but is it worth the hassle? Unless you have some old or confirmed incompatible software I'm not sure whether it would be a good idea. A virtual machine always has its limitations.

[Edited at 2009-08-06 12:51 GMT]


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Virtual disk image on new PC Aug 17, 2009

Hello,

so finally I managed to use my old PC as a virtual image on my new PC.

I converted the physical image of my XP computer with Vmware Converter (freeware) into a VMware disk image and saved it to my external HD.

Then I installed an evaluation version of VMware Workstation (30 days) and opened the image. Then you have to install the VMware Tools to enhance the functionality of the image.

Once you have installed the VMware Tools you can switch to the freeware VMware Player to startup the virtual Windows image on your new PC.


This way if ever you have forgotten something you can always go back or even acces it through the virtual network.


Kind regards


Noe



[Edited at 2009-08-17 17:58 GMT]


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