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I occasionally format my computer because it gets quite full with programs and documents I don't really need. So once in a while I format it so it's faster and I lose all the junk.

I would like to create an image of my clean installation and was wondering what are good opensource options? I have found a few possibilities:

  • ImageX
  • Symantec Ghost
  • DriveImage XML
  • Acronis True Image

I also have one or two other computers that I occasionally format, is it possible to use the same image on those computers? Would there be any problems with drivers or license keys? Ifso, how could I solve these?

Thank you for your time and help!


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Some drivers depend on Motherboard so I think if your motherboards are smae then you will not face any problem. – avirk Jul 26 '11 at 13:39
Motherboards will probably be different. Dell XPS M1530 Laptop and HP desktop. – tom Jul 26 '11 at 13:45
Then according to me you will face the problem with drivers. I didn't use these settings ever so can't say about too much. But one of mine friend was telling me that this doesn't work very well some problems occur. – avirk Jul 26 '11 at 13:48
Okay, so images are only used for the same computers or computers with the same hardware? Is there a way to create some sort of image that's suitable for all computers, or is this still wishful thinking? – tom Jul 26 '11 at 13:58
Hmmmm let me find it and I will tell you if there is way or not to do this. – avirk Jul 26 '11 at 14:00
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No if the hardware is the same then it will work otherwise its not worthy to install the same image on other computer. But you can check by install it. In some cases drivers compatible with other hardware if not just go to control panel and uninstall them and re-install the original drivers of the Devices.

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Okay, but you were looking to see if there is a way? – tom Jul 26 '11 at 14:27
After finding some information I'm giving you this suggestion. – avirk Jul 26 '11 at 14:30
thank you for your time. :) – tom Jul 26 '11 at 14:35
You are welcome we are here to help each-other – avirk Jul 26 '11 at 14:38
Not really true. Acronis True Image Home can be purchased with Bare Metal Restore. This allows for using an image on a new computer. You load the new drivers asas part of the process of coping the image to the new computer. – KCotreau Jul 26 '11 at 14:43

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