What operating systems can I clone?

A. Below is a brief summary of each operating systems ability to be cloned:

Windows 95

Windows 95 was not designed to support disk-image copying and is not supported although copying on systems with similar hardware should work.

Windows 98

Windows 98 duplication is supported if the Microsoft Windows 98 Image Preparation Tool is used to prepare the master disk image.

Windows NT Workstation and Server 4.0

Microsoft supports cloning as a method of distribution in the following scenarios but NOT domain controllers:

  1. The master disk is copied at the end of the text portion of setup but BEFORE the GUI phase begins. This is because a local SID has not yet been created and no major specific hardware specific configuration has been completed.
  2. The master system has the system preparation tool users and then cloned and the target system has identical hardware.

Windows 2000 Workstation and Server

As with 4.0 but with the 2000 version of SYSPREP.EXE

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