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XXCLONE



Version 2.06.6 Released 2014-12-10

This section covers the following topics:

  1. What is XXCLONE
  2. How XXCLONE works
  3. Testimonials
  4. Theory of Operation
  5. XXCLONE Product Family








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What is XXCLONE

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Version 2.06.6 Released 2014-12-10

Here is a list of major features of XXCLONE.




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How XXCLONE Works

Here is how XXCLONE works.




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XXCLONE   Testimonials

Here are early samples of what people were saying.




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Theory of Operation

There are a few competing products on the market; Norton Ghost is probably the most notable one. Some of the usages of XXCLONE shares the common objective --- to clone a Windows disk.

However, XXCLONE has one very significant difference in its approach to the problem of cloning a Windows disk that makes it a class of its own.

XXCLONE views a Windows disk as a collection of files and folders and with a few exceptions, its access to data on the disk is carried out as a logical (file) access operations using the standard Windows file I/O Application Program Interface (API).

Whereas, nearly all of competing products on the market that are designed for disk cloning operations access the disk using physical, low-level (sector to sector) device I/O technique.

In short, XXCLONE is a special purpose file-copy utility with extra features to make the target volume self-bootable (this portion of the operation still requires low-level disk I/O).    It is not a disk-imaging tool that treats a disk as a collection of sectors.   Much of XXCLONE's advantages is a result this fundamental difference to its competing products.

Here is a list of contrasting characteristics in the two approaches in the disk cloning problem.

So far, we paraded the advantages of the logical access technique used in XXCLONE over its competing products that are based upon the physical (sector-to-sector) access.   Obviously, an objective comparison cannot be complete without mentioning the drawbacks of one product.

It is our strong belief that one day most, if not all, disk cloning tools will adopt the approach taken by XXCLONE.

Join us in the XXCLONE Revolution!!!


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XXCLONE Product Family

XXCLONE comes in three flavors.


If you are a dealer, a reseller or a consultant who maintains clients' computers, please sign up to become an XXCLONE dealer:


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Acquisition and Installation

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This chapter explains all the steps necessary to acquire and install XXCLONE.

For XXCLONE-Pro, a Product Activation procedure needs to be completed before the first use on a computer.

  1. Downloading the latest version of XXCLONE

  2. Installing the XXCLONE package

  3. Product Activation for XXCLONE-Pro




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Installing XXCLONE

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  1. The Freeware version of XXCLONE is available at XXCLONE's home page or from a number of third-party web sites in the ZIP format. Since no other communication to the publisher (Pixelab) will be made in the course of downloading, you are on your own.  No Email with installation help will be sent to you.

    Unlike the Freeware version, the XXCLONE Pro packages (both for the Test Drive version and a paid-for licensed version) are prepared individually built-to-order.  This practice is aimed to simplify the installation and maintenance of XXCLONE at the customer site, especially with multiple installations.

  2. When the ZIP file is unzipped, you will find just one file, the XXCLONE Installer Program which is typically named like xclninst_1010.exe (the four digits encode the version number).  It is advised that you keep the installer program at safe place because this program is always needed for the first-time installation and subsequent re-installation.  Future updates are also sent in the form of XXCLONE Installer that contains everything needed for new and repeated installations.

  3. Here's a few facts that may be unique to XXCLONE:
    • The XXCLONE.EXE program file should be kept in the Windows system folder: %SystemRoot%\system32\, (typically at \Windows\System32\).  The design of XXCLONE requires that the program file be kept at the system folder rather than the more common \Program Files\XXCLONE\ folder (XXCLONE stores only its shortcut icon there).  This design allows for XXCLONE's automated invocation after a clone operation without relying upon the contents in the system registry.

    • The XXCLONE.EXE program file is always generated by the XXCLONE Installer program for the host computer.  Therefore, the first-generation XXCLONE.EXE file is NOT portable from one computer to another (with exception of XXCLONE-Pro with pre-activated package for multiple installations). You should use the installer program to create the XXCLONE.EXE file on each computer.

    • The status of your XXCLONE license is available in the About dialog box by clicking the About button in the running XXCLONE program.

  4. XXCLONE-Pro has the following characteristics:
    • XXCLONE-Pro is sold in the form of a site license with an explicit limit on the number of installations (the Host Count).  The license fee is based upon the Host Count and the unit price decreases as the quantity goes up.

    • When you install XXCLONE-Pro for the first time on a computer that has never been installed with XXCLONE-Pro, the installation procedure includes a Product Activation.

      The XXCLONE web server maintains a database of user licenses with the history of installations (Product Activation).  When an update version is issued to a licensed user, the download file is custom-built using the most recent activation record in the database that eliminates the need for repeated Product Activations.

    • A registered user can visit the XXCLONE web page: and log in with password to review the activation log of the license.



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Product Activation for XXCLONE-Pro

  1. The Product Activation procedure does not apply to the Freeware version nor the Test Drive version (please skip this page).

    The XXCLONE-Pro executable file is custom-built for each host computer via a procedure called Product Activation.  It is somewhat analogous to Microsoft's license validation method for Windows XP, except XXCLONE's method is much simpler (and transparent).

    When the XXCLONE Installer program generates the executable file (XXCLONE.EXE), the name of the computer (known as NetBIOS ID) and a unique 10-digit Activation Key will be stamped on the file.  Acting as a wizard, the Installer program will assist the user in acquiring the Activation Key through a six-step dialog.

    All you need to do is to click a button to visit Pixelab's Product Activation web page with your web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer) and perform two-way copy-and-paste operations between a box in the Installer page and another box in the browser page.

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  2. Click the button next to Label (2) and the XXCLONE Product Activation page will appear in a browser window.  You should view the browser window side-by-side with the Installer window rather than maximizing the browser window size.

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  3. While viewing both the Installer wizard page and the browser page, perform a copy-and-paste operation of the contents of the License Data box (1) in the Install Wizard page to the corresponding box in the browser window (3).

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  4. Click the Request Activation Key button in the browser window, and an Activation Key will appear in the Activation Key box (4) within a few seconds.

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  5. Go to the next page in the Installer wizard, and perform a copy-and-paste operation of the Activation Key from the browser window (4) to the Installer wizard (5).

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  6. Once the Activation Key is copied into the Installer's box (5) and the Next button clicked, the Installer wizard's actions will be straightforward.  It creates folders and files in the right places.

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  7. By default, a shortcut icon for the XXCLONE program will be added to the Desktop.

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More about Product Activation


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Volume Clone Operations

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This section guides you through the common steps in the basic XXCLONE operations.

  1. Invoking XXCLONE

  2. Command Line Syntax

  3. Selecting the Disk Volumes

  4. Selecting the Clone Mode

  5. Advanced Settings



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Invoking XXCLONE




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Command Line Syntax

This page covers the syntax of the XXCLONE command arguments.  If you are not familiar with the concept of controlling a program through the command line, we suggest you skip this page.  The command line arguments provide mechanisms to preset certain settings to reflect your preferences when the program is launched, or, even fully automate XXCLONE's operations.

XXCLONE can be invoked with command line arguments with the following syntax.




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Selecting the Disk Volumes

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The most important selection in any XXCLONE operation is to select the Source volume and the Target volume correctly.  So, they are displayed at all time whenever XXCLONE is running.  Since selecting a wrong volume would often result in a catastrophic loss of files, we strongly recommend that you use the Disk Management utility before every XXCLONE operation and affirm that the volumes that you select indeed reside in the right disk/partition.  For your convenience, XXCLONE provides a one-click button to invoke the Disk Management utility.




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Selecting the Clone Mode

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XXCLONE is used predominantly for volume cloning operations either for a one-time upgrade from the current system disk to a new (typically) larger one, or for periodic system backup purposes.

This section describes the difference among the four distinct ways to perform a cloning operation.  The available choices are displayed in the Operation Mode tab in the main window in the following order.

  1. Full Volume Backup (/BACKUP1)
      In this mode, the Target Volume will always be completely cleaned first.  Then, the entire Source Volume will be copied to the Target Volume.  This is the most time-consuming operations of all.

      One notable advantage of this method over the Incremental Volume Backup method (described below) is that every file in the Target Volume will be written contiguously without fragmentation.  Furthermore, this is the most "reliable" method of all to duplicate the volume faithfully.

      The files that make up the system registry will be transfered in this operation.

  2. Incremental Volume Backup (/BACKUP2)
      The end result of this operation will be logically equivalent to that of the Full Volume Backup (described above),  In both cases, the contents of the Target Volume should become the same as those of the Source Volume.

      The difference between the two is that the Incremental Volume Backup tries to reduce the work by identifying and skipping the files that have not been modified since the most recent backup operation whereas the Full Volume Backup always copies everything. 

      In each folder in the Target Volume, XXCLONE scans the contents for any extra file or folder whose counterpart does not exist in the Source Volume.  All such files and folders will be deleted from the Target Volume.

      Then, the folder in the Source Volume will be scanned for files that need to be copied to the corresponding folder in the Target Volume.  All new files that do not exist in the Target will be unconditionally copied.  If the same file exists in the Target Volume with identical size, timestamp and file-attributes, then, the file will be skipped.  Otherwise, the file is considered modified since the previous backup and will be copied.

      The process continues recursively for each folder found in the Source Volume.  At the end, the Target Volume will be made logically equivalent to the Source Volume in theory.

      There may be cases where the copy operation fails for various reasons.  We will discuss this topic in the Failures in File Copy section.

      After the entire volume is duplicated in the above mentioned fashion, the files that make up the system registry will be transfered.

      In most Windows systems, the vast majority of files in a volume remain unchanged in most day-to-day operations.  Therefore, an incremental backup operation dramatically reduces the time it take to perform a volume clone operation.

      In conjunction with this mode of volume cloning, the HyperSync option increases the performence significantly.

      This is the preferred operation for a periodic backup using XXCLONE.

      Note: the XXCLONE Freeware does not support this feature.

  3. Windows Key Folders Backup (/BACKUP3)
      Unlike the first two backup methods, this operation duplicates only the two essential folders in the Windows system volume.

      This operation is designed to create a target volume that is at least self-bootable in a minimalistic way.

      • The Windows system folder (%SystemRoot% --- in most system it is at C:\Windows\). This one is the most important folder in any Windows system.  Therefore the contents of this folder are copied in this operation.

      • The standard user-data folder (\Documents and Settings\) is also very important for Windows operations, therefore, the contents of this folder are also copied in this operation.

      Some essential files in the root folder will also be backed up by this operation.  The files that make up the system registry will also be transfered in this operation.

      Many applications create their own folder inside the \Program Files\ folder.  However, the absence of such folders is not critical for a successful bootup process in most cases.  Therefore, the \Program Files\ folder and all other folders in the root level will not be duplicated in this mode of cloning. 

      You may use this method for the sake of troubleshooting or a transition to more complicated disk management operations.

      Note: the XXCLONE Freeware does not support this feature.

  4. Transfer of System Registry (/BACKUP0)
      This operation does not perform any file backup.  Rather, it performs only the transfer of the system registry from the Source Volume to the Target Volume.

      You may use this feature in order to capture the current state of the system configuration before installing a new software package so that you may restore the current system registry when something goes wrong with the new application.

      This operation is useful in conjunction with other file backup utilities such as Pixelab's XXCOPY-Pro.

      Note: the XXCLONE Freeware does not support this feature.



Note: The XXCLONE Freeware version supports only the Full Backup (/BACKUP1) operation.




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Advanced Settings

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Additional control settings in volume clone operations are available in the Advanced Settings tab in XXCLONE's main window.  These settings allow you to fine-tune a volume clone operation in a way different from the default setting.




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Alternative Wallpaper

You may enable the Alternative Wallpaper setting at the checkbox in the Advanced Settings tab in the main window.

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Alternatively, you may enable the option with the following command line argument:




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HyperSync in Incremental Backup

You may enable the HyperSync in Incremental Backup setting at the checkbox in the Advanced Settings tab in the main window.

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Alternatively, you may enable the option with the following command line argument:




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Automatic System Shutdown

You may enable the Automatic System Shutdown setting at the checkbox in the Advanced Settings tab in the main window.

chk_wo

Alternatively, you may enable the option with the following command line argument:




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Log File

You may enable the Log File setting at the checkbox in the Advanced Settings tab in the main window.

chk_log

Alternatively, you may enable the option with the following command line argument:




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Debug File

You may enable the Debug File setting at the checkbox in the Advanced Settings tab in the main window.

chk_dbg

Alternatively, you may enable the option with the following command line argument:




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Speed Control

You may enable the Speed Control (CPU Throttle) setting at the slide control in the Advanced Settings tab, or any time during a volume cloning operation in the main window.

Alternatively, you may enable the option with the following command line argument:




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Cool Tools

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In addition to the main feature, the volume clone and backup operations, XXCLONE provides other disk management functions that supplement the clone operations. They are grouped as Cool Tools in the third tab in the XXCLONE main window.

Since most of the tools implicitly reference the Source Volume and the Target Volume settings in the main window that cannot be changed once you enter the dialog box for a Cool Tool, you must set the volume selection first.




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Making the Target Self-Bootable

This function is available in the Making the Target Self‑Bootable dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Make Bootable button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.

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Duplicating the Volume ID

This function is available in the Duplicating the Volume ID dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Duplicate Vol. ID button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.

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Adding a Test Entry in Boot Menu

This function is available in the Adding a Test Entry dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Add Test Boot button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.

add_testboot


Once you clone the current working system volume (typically, C:) into a backup volume, you should be able to use the new volume to boot your computer into a Windows environment.  You may do so without removing the current system volume from the computer, or even swapping the disks. 




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Making a Quick Boot Diskette

This function is available in the Making a Quick Boot Diskette dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Make QBD button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.

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Besides the use of a hard disk-based boot method, we suggest the use of the good old floppy disk drive (FDD) as an alternative method to boot your computer.

Although many people dismiss the diskette as obsolete (or more commonly, their computer has no FDD), we still think the diskette-based boot method is viable for its flexibility.




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Making a Batch File

This function is available in the Making a Batch File dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Make Batch File button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.

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The current settings for the volume clone operation will be saved in the
%SystemRoot%\system32\Run_XXClone.BAT (typically at C:\Windows\system32\Run_XXClone.BAT) which will be good for a mouse-click invocation at a later time (or for a scheduled execution).




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Restore Points

This function is available in the Restore Points dialog box which is invoked by clicking the Restore Points button in the Cool Tools tab of the main window.

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Every time you perform a clone operation (in any of the four operation modes: /backup1, /backup2, /backup3, /backup0), XXCLONE saves the current state of the system registry as a Restore Point (in %SystemRoot%\xxclone.arc\ in the Source volume itself).  Each Restore Point is represented by a folder with a date-encoded name.

This dialog box provides two distinct functions that are related to the Restore Points.

Restore Points Retaining Schedule

System Restore Operation




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Technical Notes

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This chapter covers technical details and miscellaneous subjects.

  1. About Self-Bootability

  2. A Crash Course on Windows Booting

  3. BIOS Settings

  4. About the BOOT.INI File

  5. Boor Error Messages

  6. Release History

  7. Technical Support




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About the Self-Bootability

The trait that sets XXCLONE apart from other backup tools is that it makes the Target volume Self-bootable without the need for a restore.  But, the design of XXCLONE operations is such that the very first attempt in cloning the system volume may not always yield a self-bootable volume.

We strongly recommend testing the Target volume's self-bootability at least once if you count on such a capability.

Most of the initial difficulties are due to XXCLONE's conservative design.  Much of our trepidation comes from the fact that every Windows system is different.  For example, even though the three boot control items should be initialized on the great majority of systems, there are cases where some of the data should be kept unchanged.  This is why you should not panic even if you have difficulties in booting using the cloned volume after your first XXCLONE operation.

In the discussion of bootability, it should be pointed out that there are two types of boot methods in bringing a system up to the Windows environment.

In this section, various testing strategies will be explained in the order of the probability of success.  Therefore, you should try the techniques below in the order they are presented.  Skip the procedures that do not apply to you.


A Crash Course on Windows Booting

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This section gives an overview of the Windows boot sequence.  Although it is packed with a weath of information about the subject, it covers commonly available facts.  Knowledgeable users may skip this section.

In order for a Windows system volume to become bootable by itself, a number of conditions must be satisfied.  Some of the noteworthy ones that cause troubles most often are as follows.

  1. The boot device priority in the BIOS settings.
  2. Master Boot Record (MBR), Initial Program Loader (IPL).
  3. Active partition marker in the Partition table (in MBR).
  4. Boot Sector with the boot code.
  5. The \NTLDR file
  6. The \NTDETECT.COM file
  7. The \BOOT.INI file.
  8. Some files in the Windows system folder.
  9. The system registry files.

All the files listed above (the last five items) except the BOOT.INI file in a cloned volume are initialized during a volume clone operation.

Here is a step-by-step sequence of events that take place during the bootstrap process of a (NT-family) Windows system.  (The Win9X boot sequence is slightly different.)




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BIOS Settings

Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide a concrete instruction for everyone due to the countless variations in the BIOS menu and the available flexibility in the field.  This page provides a few advices that should be applicable to many cases.




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About the BOOT.INI File

In our estimation, the most common cause of problems in the boot process with XXCLONE is the settings in the BOOT.INI file.  Although the BOOT.INI file created by XXCLONE (using Make Bootable, Add Test Boot or Make QBD) works well for the majority of users, there are cases where the parameters (usually the Disk Number) chosen for the Target volume does not match the correct value. 

If you encounter a boot problem with a cloned volume, you should read the previous pages in this section first.

The chances are that by manually editing the BOOT.INI file, the cloned volume will come to life with a new setting.  It is a plain text file.  If you are not familiar in dealing with plain text (or not sure of the difference between a Word document file and a plain text file), we recommend the use of NotePad, not a word processor such as Word.


Boot Error Messages

This page is a compilation of error messages that are commonly observed during the boot sequence.  Because some messages generated by Windows are so misleading, the user would look for the cause at wrong places.  Messages are listed in the order of progression of the boot sequence.




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XXCLONE Release History

2003-07-27 v.0.10.1  First cut  (only the system registry transfer)    
2003-07-29 v.0.10.2  Rudimentary backup function (no /NX function)     
2003-07-30 v.0.10.3  /ZY and /PB now working (no /NX function yet)     
2003-07-31 v.0.10.4  Unicode names supported                           
2003-08-14 v.0.10.9  NT4 now supported                                 
2003-08-15 v.0.11.0  NT4-specific tests                                
2003-08-15 v.0.11.1  new /DIAG switch collects info into c:\xxclone.dat
2003-08-22 v.0.11.3  now allows an extended partition for destination  
2003-08-25 v.0.11.4  /SAFE added. Extra entries in [VolumeList] removed
2003-08-31 v.0.11.5  /NEW added.  The initial Blue screen is now gone. 
2003-09-03 v.0.11.6  SFN-preservation (even for Unicode-named files)   
2003-09-03 v.0.20.0  Beta Test first release                            
2003-09-09 v.0.20.1  One-step cloning (not supported in NT4, yet)     
2003-09-12 v.0.20.2  One-step cloning also in NT4/2K/XP               
2003-09-16 v.0.20.3  graceful abort. less strict volume detection.     
2003-10-15 v.0.20.4  auto execution with /START
2003-10-19 v.0.20.5  now, the /START (auto execute) option  should work
2003-11-18 v.0.20.6  /NI:<n> added to reduce the CPU usage in BGND run.
2003-12-15 v.0.20.7  /BC<n> for boot-control, minor bug fixes          
2004-01-11 v.0.20.8  /WP<file> for patching wallpaper file contents.   
2004-02-10 v.0.20.9  new release with essentially the same feature     
2004-03-11 v.0.21.0  Checks large (> 137 GB) disk and ATAPI.SYS version
2004-04-11 v.0.21.1  Supports DynamicDisk, boot-control section revised
2004-05-12 v.0.21.2  The same as v.0.21.1 except the expiration date   
2004-06-12 v.0.21.3  /HIDE added.  Also, improvements in cosmetics     
2004-07-12 v.0.21.4  The same as v.0.21.3 except the expiration date   
2004-07-20 v.0.21.5  bugfix directory's SFN was not preserved          
2004-09-20 v.0.21.7  supports FAT16 volumes                            
2004-10-12 v.0.21.8  Improved in Boot Sector initialization
2005-01-20 v.0.31.0  Advanced setup section added for more controls   
2005-04-26 v.0.40.0  Installer, Help file, Advanced settings added.    
2005-04-28 v.0.40.1  /UNINST now works. Bugfix, non-existent directory 
2005-05-56 v.0.41.0  The case with D:\Program Files\XXCLONE\ should work. 
2005-06-09 v.0.42.0  A new installer (Test Drive version and Freeware) 
2005-06-21 v.0.43.0  New look at the XXCLONE web page
2005-06-27 v.0.44.0  The Help file (xxclone.chm) updated
2005-07-01 v.0.45.0  The partition numbering scheme improved.
2005-07-04 v.0.46.0  The Add Test Boot function now works.
2005-07-22 v.0.47.0  Win9x/ME now supported (still a beta test).
2005-12-04 v.0.48.0  Bugfix on the first reboot with the cloned volume.
2005-12-08 v.0.49.0  The new, simplified wallpaper feature implemented.
2005-12-14 v.0.50.0  The Make Batch File function now creates a shortcut. 
2005-12-19 v.0.51.0  Job estimator works, bugfix on reboot control.
2006-01-02 v.0.51.1  Directories' Last-Access timestamps are preserved.
2006-01-26 v.0.51.2  The QBD and ADD_TestBoot features improved.
2006-02-09 v.0.52.0  Speed low end idle period made larger (slower).
2006-03-03 v.0.53.0  /HYPER enables HyperSync (a new beta test feature).
2006-03-09 v.0.53.1  volume-detection reworked.
2006-06-15 v.0.54.0  bugfix on reboot environment (drive-letter adjustment).
2006-07-01 v.0.55.0  hypersync refined, restore point support added
2006-07-16 v.0.56.0  beta release of the new version (doc to be revised)
2006-10-21 v.0.57.0  dynamic disk conditional support.
2007-02-07 v.0.58.0  NTFS compressed files/dirs supported.
2007-03-12 v.0.59.0  Supports up to 32 disks, Warns MKBootable on ext disk.
2007-04-12 v.0.60.0  Supports Windows Server 2003 SP2. 
2007-04-12 v.0.60.1  Supports Windows XP SP3. 

2011-02-08 v.1.90.1  Betatest Version of XXCLONE 2.00
2011-03-03 v.1.91.0  Betatest Version of XXCLONE 2.00  Release Candidate 2 (RC-2)
2011-03-05 v.1.91.1  Uninstall now removes everything using self-delete scheme. 
2011-03-13 v.1.92.0  Install with 64-bit installer for 64-bit environments.
2011-03-17 v.1.92.2  Bugfix on \boot\bcd creation (with a batch file method)
2011-04-01 v.1.92.3  Installaller for XXCLONE64 improved
2011-04-19 v.1.92.4  Supports Win 2K/XP (earliest version) with VS2010 code
2011-05-09 v.1.93.0  Betatest Version of XXCLONE 2.00  Release Candidate 2 (RC-3)
2011-05-16 v.1.93.1  simplified scheme on Host Management (in About dialog)
2011-05-12 v.1.93.2  test drive package fixed with correct timestamp
2011-05-22 v.1.93.3  remote volume access support for XXCLONE Pro
2011-06-27 v.1.93.4  The installer improved for some cases
2011-06-29 v.1.93.5  Further improvement on the installer
2011-07-15 v.1.93.6  Error when the installer is run directly from the ZIP file.
2011-08-08 v.1.93.7  Bugfix on Freeware installer (no need for xxclone.lix)
2011-08-12 v.1.93.8  Suppress the warning of failed install (even when succeeds).
2011-08-24 v.1.93.9  Bugfix on the Add Test Boot function.
2011-08-26 v.1.94.0  Further improvements on Boot\BCD (mk bootable/add test Bt).
2011-08-31 v.1.94.1  Bugfix on Boot\BCD creation in wrong drv (bootable/addtest).
2011-09-09 v.1.94.2  The inclusion of the Folder Clone feature is postponed.
2011-09-10 v.1.94.3  The new feature: SaveSettings added.
2011-09-13 v.1.94.4  GPT disks now supported (as data disk).
2011-09-21 v.1.94.5  New vol scan scheme, GPT and Dynamic volumes supported.
2011-10-11 v.1.94.6  A Volume Label can have non-ascii (Unicode) characters.
2011-10-12 v.1.94.7  Pro version with compression setting saved.
2011-10-28 v.1.94.8  Miscellaneous improvements.
2011-11-05 v.1.94.9  Works on Vista and Server 2008 now.
2011-11-06 v.1.95.0  The update install retains the old registry settings.
2011-11-14 v.1.95.1  xxmkbcd.bat now has a 1 sec delay before bcdedit.
2011-11-18 v.1.95.2  Added a special demo feature.
2011-11-24 v.1.95.3  Source/Target Volume listbox with new layout.
2011-12-02 v.1.95.4  HyperSync v2.2 for improved estimate of directory spaces.
2011-12-09 v.1.95.5  When HyperSync is off, files that would be missed are logged.
2011-12-11 v.1.95.6  \Program Files\XXCLONE\xcln_alt.exe saved.
2011-12-15 v.1.95.7  Test Drive for XXCLONE-Pro and XXCLONE-Home.
2011-12-24 v.1.95.8  Test Drive expiration date implemented.
2011-12-28 v.1.95.9  Windows Home Server and Home Server 2011 supported.
2011-12-28 v.1.96.0  Release Candidate (RC1) of XXCLONE 2.0.
2012-01-01 v.2.00.0  Thank you for your patience.  Here is XXCLONE 2.0.
2012-01-10 v.2.00.1  Bugfix on registry entry (/debug0).
2012-01-17 v.2.00.2  The progress estimate made more believable.
2012-01-20 v.2.00.3  Some machines showed prompts on scan for disks, no more.
2012-03-19 v.2.00.4  /diag output now with the registry info.
2012-09-16 v.2.00.5  minor improvements.
2012-05-15 v.2.00.6  /diag output includes listing of HKLM/SYSTEM/MountedDevices
2012-10-11 v.2.00.7  compatibility fix on Win8.
2012-11-13 v.2.00.8  Make_Bootalbe (BCD building) and Add_TestBoot (BCD mod) improved
2012-11-14 v.2.00.9  Add_TestBoot (BCD mod) is now good with non-English versions
2012-11-29 v.2.01.0  minor bugfix on Add-TestBoot.
2012-11-30 v.2.01.1  Ready for public release.
2012-12-28 v.2.01.2  bugfix on XXClone-Home with the system volume selection.
2013-01-16 v.2.01.3  Supports Windows Small Business Server 2008.
2013-03-08 v.2.02.0  With a cleaned up source files
2013-05-01 v.2.02.1  Security Descriptor copied correctly (XXCLONE-Pro only)
2013-05-15 v.2.02.2  Cool_Tools > Scheduled Task updated, improved /diag
2013-05-19 v.2.02.3  New look and slimmed down xxclone-installer
2013-05-25 v.2.02.4  New xxclone-installer with simplified product activation.
2013-05-26 v.2.02.5  with a new manifest file with win7/win8 support section
2013-05-29 v.2.02.6  xxclone-installer  the "[v]Launch XXCLONE" feature now works.
2013-06-04 v.2.02.7  improved diag report (with diskpart analysis).
2013-06-21 v.2.02.8  flash drive now supported, and improved BCD for win8.
2013-07-06 v.2.02.9  improved pre-activated installation.
2013-07-31 v.2.03.0  improved self-bootability of cloned volume.
2013-08-02 v.2.03.1  improved drive-letter swapping for win8.
2013-08-30 v.2.03.2  /diag{:filepath} creates a diagnostic file (plain text).
2013-09-01 v.2.03.3  the wording in the Job-done message is clarified.
2013-09-18 v.2.04.0  bugfix on Windows XP with privilege-related issue.
2013-10-09 v.2.04.5  The installer accepts the /diag{:filepath} option.
2014-04-01 v.2.05.0  Progress Bar added for the Add-TestBoot operation.
2014-04-05 v.2.05.1  Stay-alive function (/sa0/sa1/sa2) to control scr-saver & sleep.
2014-04-09 v.2.05.2  Tested with Windows 8.1 and Server 2012R2 (Win ver 6.3.9600).
2014-04-12 v.2.05.3a bugfix on accessing flash volume MBR and BootSector
2014-04-18 v.2.05.3b for internal debugging.
2014-05-20 v.2.05.4  the USB-flash functions almost working.
2014-06-24 v.2.05.5  new set of Boot-related function.
2014-07-05 v.2.06.0  bugfix on /backup0 with bcd file missing.
2014-07-10 v.2.06.1  bugfix on computers without an XP volume.
2014-07-11 v.2.06.2  bugfix on folder selection on XXCLONE-Pro.
2014-07-19 v.2.06.3  new Cool_Tools > Run_Diagnostic function added.
2014-07-26 v.2.06.4  now supports theWindows 7 Embedded version.
2014-10-03 v.2.06.5  New version ready for release.
2014-12-10 v.2.06.6  The creation of diagnostic file improved.




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