Acronis backup transfer?

  badgery 10:27 08 Jan 2007

I take full Acronis backups of my C: drive, regularly, and have now suffered a computer failure (courtesy of a power surge).
It looks like I will need a brand new computer - but I've been told that Acronis backups are only any use for re-installing in the SAME machine.
Can anyone confirm this, before I actually order a new machine?
Many thanks.

  rosierd 10:31 08 Jan 2007

Well acronis installs a boot manager into your machine, which handles the boot records on cd so i would assume as long as the boot manager is installed on a new machine then it should work i can't guarantee it though, hope this helps

  €dstowe 10:34 08 Jan 2007

The problem will arise not with your Acronis backup but the operating system on your new drive.

Windows XP "knows" the computer it belongs to so that if your try to install on another, the installation will either fail or be classed as invalid.

  SURVEY 11:15 08 Jan 2007

badgery. I am sure that €dstowe is correct. I believe that you can only place your 'image'on the same computer to restore or indeed should you replace a hard drive.

I use Ghost and with that you can of course use the 'image' to transfer individual files or folders. I am sure that you must be able to do the same with Acronis.

  mattyc_92 11:41 08 Jan 2007

You will be able to restore the backup, but as others has said, Windows wont work correctly....

You can, however, get around this by simply Re-Activating it (you will have to phone MS for a new unlock code)

  Input Overload 11:58 08 Jan 2007

If you restore the image to your new Pc you will probably get a blue screen on initial boot-up, however you may be able to get up and running by then repairing XP. You will however have to activate your install with MS.

If you have an OEM version of XP you may or may not be able to do this. A couple of months ago I fitted an new mainboard & memory to this Pc & restored an Acronis image - I had to do repair which I hoped would be Ok on a temporary basis but as the Pc works fine I haven’t bothered as I will be installing Vista soon. Ideally though do a clean install. I successfully re-activated my XP using an OEM version without having to ring MS.

  Input Overload 12:00 08 Jan 2007

To Repair Microsoft Windows XP Pro/Home:

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive (Boot from CD). Insert your Windows XP CD (Your XP Licence key will be required at some point), restart the computer. When the 'Press any key to boot from CD' message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

Do NOT choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console. In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

More Detailed Instructions:

First you need to enter the BIOS. This normally means pressing a key, or combination of keys, immediately after switch-on. A message to this effect usually flashes up on the screen when you switch on, such as "To enter setup press Del".

When the BIOS screen appears you will see a set of menu options. Look for one labelled Boot or Startup and select the item Boot Order, or First Boot; this will be set to HD0, HD1 or the serial number of your hard disk drive.

Change the setting to read CD, CD-Rom or the serial number of your CD/DVD-Rom drive, Save the Change and Exit the BIOS. Open the CD-Rom drive, insert your XP disk and restart your computer.

You will now see a screen message saying "Press any key to boot from CD", press the spacebar and a message appears informing you that "Set-up is inspecting your hardware configuration". This will be replaced by a blue screen, press Enter and you should see a "Welcome to Setup" menu, press Esc to continue; important, do not press R for Repair as this will start the Recovery Console.

The Windows Licence Agreement will now be displayed. Press F8 to signify acceptance and the next screen will list your operating system (usually just Windows XP). Select it and proceed to the next screen, which will have the option "To Repair the Selected Windows installation press R". Hit the R key and the installation begins.

Windows Set-up will now go through what looks like a normal installation routine so be ready to respond to the prompts. When Set-up has finished, after a couple of restarts you should see your original desktop with all your shortcuts applications and programs.

You will need to go to the Windows Update site to get all of the critical patches.

  badgery 15:20 08 Jan 2007

Thanks for all the replies, apologies for delay in my reply - called out unexpectedly.
Will now try and see if I can use all this info, cheers Input Overload for the detailed help, just how I need it!!
Will report back with progress later.

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