I've been using PCs since their inception but there are a few things that still stump me, one of which is concerning how images can be used, beyond just being a snapshot which can be used to recover from a failed hard disk, malware issues, etc. I already do that monthly with the excellent and free Macrium Reflect, but my issues are explained below...
What I really want to achieve is to take a copy of my current "perfect" XP setup with all its programs and settings and be able to do 1 or all 3 of the following:
1. transfer that image of my XP image onto a disk on another, faster, newer laptop. My concerns are that this will not work since all the drivers required for the new laptop will not be present, and the old drivers may conflict. Is there a slick way of dealing with this?
2. Use my XP image on a USB stick as a portable version of my OS. But can I also store my data on the same stick, make changes, i.e. in my mind an image is fixed, so the data needs to be stored somewhere on the USB stick, but perhaps I am not thinking straight on this?
3. Use the XP image to run under another host OS such as linux, for example using virtual box. I have tried virtual box and it is excellent, but it required me to create a fresh install of XP and then install all the programs additionally, so it's a fresh install of XP that I want to install, just use my current XP setup, if there is a way.
Any experiences or solutions much appeciated, thanks!