Windows Ghost with Windows XP

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Hello i'm new user here i just want to ask if Ghosting the hdd's is reliable always windows xp , i have around 18 pc's so i want to install my games and stuff and then ghost the hdd's like copy them , is it ok for windows xp or i shouldn't do that ? 
and if anyone advice me with some network softwares i might use , thank you :) 


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If all the hardware is the same you can ghost your hard drives with no problems otherwise you will have some bad clones because the HAL and storage drivers aren’t compatible across different hardware platforms.

So if i did ghost without installing any drivers until after ghost , does it cause any effect for the windows , errors and stuff like that after a while ? thank you

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  • Mayssam961
    So if i did ghost without installing any drivers until after ghost , does it cause any effect for the windows , errors and stuff like that after a while ? thank you
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  • mshen
    The HAL and storage drivers are installed on the initial installation of Windows XP. If the OS tries to load with these drivers and the hardware is not compatible, the operating system will not start. You can always repair install the OS after you find a clone that doesn't work. After that you may or maynot have to re-install certain applications because you will have a fresh registry.
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  • Tekguy38
    Hello Also, don't forget ( I'll assume that your 18 PC's are networked) that you'll have to run Microsoft's sysprep utility on the master image before you create your ghost image. There are a number of software solutions out there that allow you to create a master image on one PC (with a certain hardware configuration) and then re-image other PC's with differing hardware configurations. I've used a product called Universal Imaging Utility from Binary Research International, to create images for Windows XP and Windows 2000, for a number of years now and have never had any problems with it. Another product I'm currently testing is called Desktop Authority Image from ScriptLogic. This product allows you to do basically the same thing when creating PC images. Hope this helps!
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  • mshen
    Tekguy38. If you're looking for another product to test, give Acronis Snap Deploy with the Universal Deploy option a try.
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  • Mayssam961
    Yes Acronic i never tried that , i'll try it this time , thank you guys cloning is successful .
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  • Tekguy38
    Thanks Mshen, I'll have to give it look!
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