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Would cloning the XP OS to a new hard drive work?

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    Would cloning the XP OS to a new hard drive work?


    tl;dr version
    1.) Using Acronis's Universal Restore, should cloning OEM XP from a different system to a new system/new hard drive work? The purpose of doing this is to upgrade to Windows 8 without sacrificing my Vista installation. Is there anything I should know?

    2.) How can I determine what kind of optical drive caddy will be best suited for my computer? I have a HP DV9700

    3.) Is the digital download of Windows 8 re-installable? Is there any issue with installing it to a new system if the system it was previously installed to was wiped? I'm confused by the whole OEM thing



    I'm thinking it would be wise to purchase a digital copy of Windows 8 while it's on sale still, but I'm not sure if it would be practical for me to install it & use up my Vista key in doing so. I'm taking a Computer Science course as well as a Game Design one, and I'm guessing that most of the software I will be using will not be compatible in Windows 8... so to get rid of Vista, I'd be getting myself in trouble & would probably have to rely on lab computers and registry work arounds.

    Instead, I'm thinking it'd be a good idea to try to use Acronis True Image 2012 via Universal Restore to make a copy of my old Windows XP laptop, put the copy on a new hard drive, then install Windows 8 on the new hard drive & replace the old laptop's OS with Ubuntu. Should cloning the XP OS to a new hard drive work, even though my old XP laptop uses an OEM key?

    I'm also wondering if I could get help with selecting an optical drive bay hard drive caddy for my HP DV9700, since I figure having a 2nd hard drive for my vista or Win 8 installation would be more convenient than trying to deal with a partition on this already old hard drive... If it matters, I only have USB 2.0 and would rather get a regular notebook internal than a solid state drive.

    This is the drive I have now:
    Newegg.com - Hitachi GST Travelstar 5K250 HTS542525K9SA00 (0A53329) 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    This is the kind of drive I would like to get for the optical drive, if it fits (or swap places with my current hdd) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136835


    One last thing - if I am to do the whole cloning XP thing to a new hard drive, then upgrade to Windows 8 from there, would I be able to use that installation of Windows 8 later on a new system - if I had uninstalled it from this one? Installing Windows 8 isn't a one time use or anything, is it?
    Last edited by Owengogen; 11 Jan 2013 at 16:10.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    tl;dr version
    1.) Using Acronis's Universal Restore, should cloning OEM XP from a different system to a new system/new hard drive work? The purpose of doing this is to upgrade to Windows 8 without sacrificing my Vista installation. Is there anything I should know?
    Welcome to Eightforums.

    Your OEM Win XP is not transfeable to a different system/new PC.

    You can upgrade the OEM Win XP to Windows 8,
    or
    upgrade the OEM Win Vista PC to Windows 8.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Would cloning the XP OS to a new hard drive work?
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