Putting this in a new thread as I seem to have incurred the wrath of the gurus as nobody came in to supply the magic answer when i tacked it onto an old thread I am sure I have seen multiple discussions on this on ET where they were describing doing it as I describe below but I can't find them via search or on my Hard drive where I thought I had saved them more than once (disclosure: I am 48yrs old) I need a workaround for one that is not working. WHAT I WANT TO DO Previously I was able to clone old XP HDD from P4 machine into I7 p6x58 De - if I remember rightly I just installed the casper XP cloned HDD and booted - it either rebooted first time or maybe I used safe mode - then i just upgraded win XP with a newer version and it worked perfectly - just had to reset a few HDD sensitive programs. Workd for me and I have read on ET threads that this is the way to do it BUT: THIS TIME trying to clone from the X58 current installation to a core i72600 p8 z68v machine and getting a list of drivers missing or incorrect in DOS boot screen as I boot up - can't boot in safe mode, can't do repair from 1.44mb floppy SO: is there any workaround where I can get the same result as before i.e. clone old HDD with all its programs and settings into a new machine even though it won't boot due to driver differences. Is there something i forgot to do this time? I would have thought that XP would recognise the new hardware on boot (XP date means would have drivers for new) and install basic working drivers and I would be able to boot in safe mode and then upgrade windows so that it recognised all the new hardware and installed the new drivers on upgrade installation. Thinking maybe X58 Asus drivers program was the problem blocking XP from doing this I thought i could clone drive, attach back to old machine to remove the old ASUS drivers program - but there is no uninstall for it and nowhere does it show as being installed even though it is. Gurus, where for art thou, hast thou fosaken thy fellow ET'er? - but seriously I come here because I get the right answer at a level I can understand here from people who are doing the same as me with their PC's One point, this is a 10 year old installation with multiple programs with my settings and web pages with long lost passwords etc. Also I really need to be able to replicate and carry on literally overnight. Extreme tedium of starting anew is for 64 bit Win 7 and plan to do that in paralell with daily usage over time until I reach the point where I can move from one to the other.