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Moving Windows to new hardware without losing settings

I recently saw an article about your upcoming publication "Windows Server Undocumented Solutions: Behind the Knowledge Base." In that article, you mentioned a procedure or utility to move "Windows to a different hardware installation without destroying everything." Can you say more about that? Is it a procedure or utility? What does it involve?

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The full details are in the book, of course, but the short version is that it involves both procedures and utilities depending on what you have available. There are third-party programs that automate a lot of the work, although for XP and Win2k3 you will almost certainly need to re-activate once the move is done.

This was first published in October 2003

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