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Acronis True Image Home has a feature meant specifically for this. Basically create the image with the software you want on it and create a backup with Acronis. When you need to install that same image on a different machine you usse the Acronis boot media to restore and select the 'Universal Restore' option. It will then prompt you with a window to browse for the drivers of the new system that you are restoring to. You simply need to have the drivers extracted and in a location available to the machine you are trying to restore.

thanks i give it a shot
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You can use that way...the professional method involves sysprep.

If you know how to use sysprep you can make a universal image that will run on essentially any hardware.

When I was a sys admin I had an image I could deploy to 12 different systems.

It all depends upon what you want to do.
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You don't. You remove the old drivers and install the proper drivers BEFORE you move it.

Win 7 is better about it than XP is and will sometimes grab the correct generic drivers for the mobo.
Win7 (All NT 6.1) installs via "disc image". I really think people should read up on this, it's very useful to know. The entire installation of Win7 is put into a single .wim, it is expanded/moved to your hard drive. So Win7 can be made to boot off any possible combination of hardware as long as it has the generic drivers that support the device.

Windows XP can't do this, though you can make a generic image that should cover most hardware situations. I personally think this can be done without a problem as long as it doesn't require specific drivers. XP doesn't have near the driver base as Vista/7 does and that is the only reason it might be harder.

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For clarification: WIM - Windows Imaging Format
It was designed as an imaged system so that no matter what hardware you had it would run. It was also designed that way for future hardware changes, so that no matter what you changed it would run.
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