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Added New Hard Drive And Installed Xp That Belongs


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#1 detel

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 06:16 AM

I really goofed on this one. I installed a larger HD on my wife's PC. I left the old HD intact until I transferred all the info but when I booted the pc after installing the new HD it stopped and wouldn't do anything. I put in my copy of XPPro (thinking it was my wifes')CD and rebooted and it loaded the XP Program, problem is that this was the XP program that is register to my PC. So now I have Drive C: that is 19.0GB with my wife's XP with all of her program's and the new Drive F: that is 149GB that has my registered XP on it. How do I get my wife's info put on the new drive so that I can remove the old one?
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Posted 03 October 2006 - 06:39 AM

Are they both supposed to be XP Pro installations?
Or was your wife's computer XP home?

Edited by Enthusiast, 03 October 2006 - 06:40 AM.


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Posted 03 October 2006 - 08:02 AM

Are the CD's the same for each one? It matters if they're OEM, Upgrade, Retail - and the Service Pack level must also be the same.

Essentially what you'll have to do is wipe the F: drive clean to remove your OS from it (and maybe a little editing of the boot.ini file). That will remove your XP from her drives.

Then you'll have to figger out how to get her XP to the new larger drive. There's many different methods of doing this - but here's my favorite: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

You may have to repair the wife's XP installation before you can do this. If so, let us know and we can troubleshoot that.
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Posted 03 October 2006 - 08:17 AM

If they are the same installation but just with different product keys you can use the Microsoft Tool for changing the key to the correct key for that computer:

The Windows Product Key Update Tool:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/...structions.aspx

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:55 AM

Thanks everyone for your advice.




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