Ghost™ compatibility with Windows XP

Article:TECH107799  |  Created: 2001-01-23  |  Updated: 2007-01-14  |  Article URL
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This document lists the versions of Ghost that are compatible with Windows XP, as well as any requirements or limitations of using Ghost with Windows XP.


The following versions of Ghost are compatible with Windows XP:
  • Symantec Ghost 8.x
  • Symantec Ghost 7.5
  • Norton Ghost 2003
  • Norton Ghost 2002

Note: Symantec does not provide technical support for older Ghost versions used with Windows XP.

Windows XP Product Activation
Windows XP includes a Product Activation, a licensing feature that may affect cloning. For information on Product Activation, see one of the following Web pages on the Microsoft Web site:
Windows XP Pro product activation
Windows XP Home Edition product activation

For information on how Product Activation affects cloning on a larger scale, see the Microsoft document How to use Sysprep with Windows Product Activation or Volume License Media to Deploy Windows XP - (article ID 299840).

Remote Client Install
The Remote Client Install feature of Symantec Ghost 7.5 and 8.x allows you to remotely install the Ghost Client to client computers from the Ghost Console.

In order to do this in Ghost 7.5, the client Windows XP computers must be members of a domain. However, since Windows XP Home Edition does not allow clients to join a domain, this feature does not work on client computers that run Windows XP Home Edition.

The Ghost 8.x Console allows you to remotely add computer to a workgroup and therefore is able to perform Remote Client Installs on Windows XP Home Edition computers as well. For more information see page 44 of the Implementation Guide.

Additional compatibility links:

Ghost compatibility
Ghost compatibility with Windows 2000
Ghost compatibility with Windows Millennium Edition
Introduction to cloning a Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP computer

Technical Information
Symantec endeavors to provide our customers with software designed for all new operating systems from Microsoft and Apple. For information about the compatibility of other Symantec products with Windows XP, see the document Compatibility of Symantec products with Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me and Windows NT/2000/XP.

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