I have an Acer with windows xp sp2.Acer doesn't send an install cd for windows.Can I move it off the old hard drive to my new laptop and how?I wanna be able to run both os's.My old laptop died.Bad mobo.TIA
The File Settings and Transfer Wizard
for XP on the XP install disc is the closest thing to what you are looking for. Regrettably that utility is quite useless in most circumstances. Perhaps it is installed on your system, perhaps you can use it.
Even with the PnP preparations required for a trouble-free in-place upgrade
unless your laptop hardware is identical, you have very little chance of getting Windows to work as expected, It is tricky to do with desktops more so with laptops and their persnickety drivers and inscrutable electrical quirks.
This is all leading up to: a forced OS re-installation.