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One of the hardest things to do as a computer repair guy is to break it to people that you can't move over their exact Windows setup to another computer unless the hardware matches

Well I can't believe I found a program that really does work, where u can take the hard drive from an old OEM and put it in a new system with a different chipset and everything. The main problem in doing this in the past was what I call the "cement drivers",especially for XP where basically the XP setup would not work with a new motherboard unless it exactly matched. And we know how overpriced OEM replacement motherboards are, especially when most of them will eventually fail anyway because of The Capacitor Plague.

With this program, you do have to install the program on the hard drive first, but then u run a bootable CD when u are ready to move everything to the new system. It basically overides the drivers from the old hardware and then puts the basic drivers needed to get you into Windows so it wont bluescreen or reboot. Then you can install all the drivers such as video,lan,etc.

The only con in all this is that it basically eliminates the OEM licence since you are switching motherboards, but for those picky people who want their exact setup back and would be willing to pay for a new XP licence key this program is a dream come true.

The program is called ShadowProtect and it is 89 dollars, but it truly works. The demo is not worth trying as u can't burn a bootable cd to actually do what u probably need to really do, it just lets you backup images and doesn't let you do the cool hardware overide stuff. Trust me the program does work, otherwise I wouldnt post it here.

http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_desktop.php
Edited by dlee7283 - 3/31/12 at 11:28am
    
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So, the "new" install won't authenticate?
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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