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How to make a universal boot disk?

How to make a boot disk with image of HDD partition which have windows and programs installed to be able using for a different computer.

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  • mammhm Apr 23, 2008

    Thanks for your help.

    You are right. I want to take a copy and move all the same data onto another PC. How to prepare the system for this? Another PC has a different Motherboard.

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You can customise windows installations using NLITE and the NLITE addon application.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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    Travis Lord Apr 22, 2008

    Alright. Can you explain what it is that you are attempting to do?

    Are you wanting to take a copy of a currently functional PC and move all the same data onto another PC. To do this you require a form of imaging program, powerquest image center, ghost etc. There is most likely a free application somewhere that does this also.

    Or are you talking installing windows from scratch. If you are talking about doing a fresh install that requires you to setup a partition size automatically I beleive that this would need to be performed by some kind of script embedded into a streamlined installation. This is why i recommended using NLITE to customise windows install.


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    Travis Lord Apr 24, 2008

    The motherboard should not cause any issues. If you were to do this I would recommend removing any drivers that you may have installed to avoid conflict on the new host PC.

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