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For hardcore system enthusiasts, keeping a ghosted, activated copy of Vista with no drivers could be a good way of being able to swap around components and machines with the minimum amount of hassle
This is very easy since i already have norton ghost This is what im goonna do when i get a vista
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Originally Posted by sladesurfer
This is very easy since i already have norton ghost This is what im goonna do when i get a vista
I hear you on that one, if/when I get vista.

Although like I said, I am sure mircosoft will come up with something that will make this not possible, after it has been out for awhile at least.
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I doubt they'll beable to get around the ghosting, but from what I'm reading they have a way of detecting the hard drive it's installed on(at the very least model#). That way they don't have to worry about people ghosting to a mass # of hard drives. Unless of course all it does is detect the model #, though theres probably some type of unique ID that it can pick up. Either way I'm probably not going to be purchasing it for a while, if I ever even want it.
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Originally Posted by accskyman
I doubt they'll beable to get around the ghosting, but from what I'm reading they have a way of detecting the hard drive it's installed on(at the very least model#). That way they don't have to worry about people ghosting to a mass # of hard drives. Unless of course all it does is detect the model #, though theres probably some type of unique ID that it can pick up. Either way I'm probably not going to be purchasing it for a while, if I ever even want it.
Thats what I was thinking, so then it would know that it wasn't the same HD, and then would ask you to reactivate it again.
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post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by K092084
basically you would do a fresh install of vista and activate it. Don't install any drivers for any of your devices. Then get like Norton Ghost or any other problem that can do ghosting, and then you copy Vista over to another hard drive.

Basically you are just copying the windows image over to a blank HD, which then you keep, and then just copy over to the HD you want to use in the computer and then just load your drivers.

Which basically means you don't have to install it everytime on a new HD, nor deal with activating it.
That is partly correct. You should remove the drivers (Through Control Panel), run DriverCleaner-CabCleaner and you should be set.
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hearing this, will windows XP be the ultimate overclocker's OS ?
what a shame...
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I heard that ghosting sometimes goes wrong and you lose registries, install game and applications?
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I heard that ghosting sometimes goes wrong and you lose registries, install game and applications?
Thats why when you are creating the image using Norton or a similar product, you want to select the Verify Image option prior to making the image to ensure that it created it properly. Any software / data that you install AFTER the image is created will need to be re-installed / re-modified again...As for the data, you won't need to re-modify it if it exists on a seperate partition or drive. When I say "data," I mean documents, excels, e-mails, text files, etc etc.
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post #19 of 29
So the moral of the story is this: Get a FAST and RELIABLE Cdrive to host your OS. Then all other data goes on your RAID or whatever. THEN, you can swap out your MoBo and other components as much as you like??? And you won't have to reactivate as long as that HDD doesnt die?

Did I read that correctly?
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Well this is good to hear. I was hoping that what was said before was false. I still do not think that I will update to vista as soon as it is released though. Ill let the bugs get fixed and the price to drop then I will think about getting it.
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