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Moving cloned XP drive from Dell to custom PC. Absolutely need a guiding hand...

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#1 wheelofdhamma


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:37 PM

I have been at this for 3 days, I just can't figure it out...
I have cloned a SATA drive (C drive with programs etc running XP pro) from a Dell Optiplex and I attempted an installation of this drive into a home build which has an Abit AV8 mobo (VIA k8t800 chipset).
I knew I would get a BSOD, how can I get the right controllers etc into the drive going into the new computer when I can't even get the new computer to see the drive or even get past the bsod? I desperately do not want to start from scratch with this drive (even if I did, I have the same problem of this mobo not seeing the drive)...
Seriously, I need your help.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:14 PM

Sorry to tell you this but what's on the Dell is an OEM license and they are not transferable to another computer.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:52 AM

Cloning an OS drive for use in another PC has two problems.


1.  Unless it is an exactly identical hardware configuration, you probably will not be able to make it work properly due to low-level drivers that are unique set up based on your motherboard.  You will need to do a complete reinstall of Windows.


2.  The OEM license is not transferrable to a new motherboard. 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:38 AM



........and what the others have said.  You might successfully migrate the XP install to new hardware, but it won't activate.  Almost every big OEM WIN OS from XP up is hard keyed to the BIOS

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