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#1 tcbr

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 06:50 AM

I just finished putting together a new computer for my wife. Most all hardware is new, harddrive is old with windows XP pro from old system how do I get it to work with new system without reformatting and doing a new install. My wife will kill me if I lose all her data.
Can anyone direct me to an article that explains in detail how to do this? I am assuming that I have to use the repair deal in windows XP but I don't know exactly what to do. My DOS knowlege is still intact somewhat but I need to be lead by the hand.

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 06:56 AM

I just finished putting together a new computer for my wife. Most all hardware is new, harddrive is old with windows XP pro from old system how do I get it to work with new system without reformatting and doing a new install. My wife will kill me if I lose all her data.
Can anyone direct me to an article that explains in detail how to do this? I am assuming that I have to use the repair deal in windows XP but I don't know exactly what to do. My DOS knowlege is still intact somewhat but I need to be lead by the hand.


Put the old hard drive in the system...do a repair install of XP. Remove/disconnect all drives other than the the DVD/CD drive which will be used for the install...and the drive which will be C: drive. These can be reconnected after the XP reinstall is accomplished. This is to assure that the C: drive is recognized as C: during the install.

You will probably have activate the system after consultation...anytime you change a lot of hardware, the system is not recognized as the same one previously cleared/activated.

If the license is OEM/proprietary (Dell, Gateway, etc.) and you physically tried to move it to another system, you will probably be unsuccessful in your attempt to activate it. OEM licenses belong to the system.

TweakXP.com - How To Do a Repair Install of XP - http://www.tweakxp.com/article36955.aspx

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Edited by hamluis, 28 October 2005 - 06:59 AM.


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Posted 28 October 2005 - 07:03 AM


I just finished putting together a new computer for my wife. Most all hardware is new, harddrive is old with windows XP pro from old system how do I get it to work with new system without reformatting and doing a new install. My wife will kill me if I lose all her data.
Can anyone direct me to an article that explains in detail how to do this? I am assuming that I have to use the repair deal in windows XP but I don't know exactly what to do. My DOS knowlege is still intact somewhat but I need to be lead by the hand.


Put the old hard drive in the system...do a repair install of XP. Remove/disconnect all drives other than the the DVD/CD drive which will be used for the install...and the drive which will be C: drive. These can be reconnected after the XP reinstall is accomplished. This is to assure that the C: drive is recognized as C: during the install.

You will probably have activate the system after consultation...anytime you change a lot of hardware, the system is not recognized as the same one previously cleared/activated.

If the license is OEM/proprietary (Dell, Gateway, etc.) and you physically tried to move it to another system, you will probably be unsuccessful in your attempt to activate it. OEM licenses belong to the system.

TweakXP.com - How To Do a Repair Install of XP - http://www.tweakxp.com/article36955.aspx

Louis






Thanks Ill check out the article

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 08:24 AM

Before you do anything, why not backup her data! :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 09:56 AM

Here's a link that worked for me when I moved the last 2 systems that I rebuilt:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
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