"Install XP on one PC then transfer the HD to another"
I have a laptop (Laptop A), which doesn't allow me access to the BIOS. Thus it cannot boot from the CD or any other device except via network or HDD. I am no longer interested in restarting the BIOS however, I am going to leave it alone from now. I tried removing the CMOS battery didn't work, I tried this twice, once leaving it out for 4 hours to make sure there was no more charge. I figured there must be some security chip or something since this is a fairly new laptop. Plus, this is a laptop and the screws are starting to strip since it's been maintained a lot.
So I decided to just take out the HDD, and install Windows XP from another computer, my laptop (B). Windows XP SP3 Professional installed correctly. And it ran fine on my laptop (B). But when I tried booting from the freshly reformatted HDD on the other laptop (A), it won't boot! It just displays a blinking cursor. I tried my drive from my laptop (A) which had Vista, and it booted up fine. A pal of mine told me to place drivers from the laptop (A) that I backed up to the Windows\Drivers folder, but I am not sure how to do this. Any suggestions?
Laptop A: HP 530 - Trying to get windows to run on this laptop
Laptop B: Vostro 2510 - Using this laptops ability to boot from CD to format and install windows to Laptop B's HDD
Thank you for checking my post out. Sorry to make it soooooo confusing. I hope my labeling of laptops as A and B didn't build the confusion. Also, I wasn't sure if this belonged in Software or Hardware, seemed to me like it belonged in both ... feel free to move it.
Edited by potatopotatopotato, 15 March 2009 - 09:07 AM.