Transferring hard disks with XP to new PC



bigdoubleya
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
Hi all,

Bought a new barebones PC and want to transfer my old hard disk with XP pro
on it to the new machine.

Back in the good old / bad old days of Win98 etc, it was easy to do this as
Windows saw IDE as IDE and made no other requests to the system to fine tune,
AFAIR.

Now though if I transfer the drive I get a reboot, safe mode does the same.

I can furnish more info from the boot log if required later but does anyone
have a sure fire way of getting the GUI up and running so that it can start
updating drivers etc.

Oh, I'm also transferring the cdrom, dvdrw and most importantly the AGP
graphics card so it's not an issue with that.

Cheers

WayneM
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
bigdoubleya,

The new setup will not boot to XP. You will have to do a repair install and
most likely have to reactivate your copy of XP. If it is a retail copy there
won't be any problem but I don't know what will happen if it is an OEM copy.
If it is something other than retail, you'll have to use the phone option
displayed on your screen.

Several months ago I did something similar and I was able to reactivate by
phone. However, I have one of these NFS XP Pro copies which is neither OEM
or Retail.

Wayne

"bigdoubleya" <bigdoubleya@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:5416EA45-ECE8-4332-B584-CFF1E92EF32B@microsoft.com...
> Hi all,
>
> Bought a new barebones PC and want to transfer my old hard disk with XP
> pro
> on it to the new machine.
>
> Back in the good old / bad old days of Win98 etc, it was easy to do this
> as
> Windows saw IDE as IDE and made no other requests to the system to fine
> tune,
> AFAIR.
>
> Now though if I transfer the drive I get a reboot, safe mode does the
> same.
>
> I can furnish more info from the boot log if required later but does
> anyone
> have a sure fire way of getting the GUI up and running so that it can
> start
> updating drivers etc.
>
> Oh, I'm also transferring the cdrom, dvdrw and most importantly the AGP
> graphics card so it's not an issue with that.
>
> Cheers
>
>
>

Andrew E.
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
With a new board you'll need to reinstall xp,boot to xp cd,select,install xp,
new copy,delete the partition,create one,then let xp format and install.
Youre wasting youre time on a "repair" of xp.

"bigdoubleya" wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Bought a new barebones PC and want to transfer my old hard disk with XP pro
> on it to the new machine.
>
> Back in the good old / bad old days of Win98 etc, it was easy to do this as
> Windows saw IDE as IDE and made no other requests to the system to fine tune,
> AFAIR.
>
> Now though if I transfer the drive I get a reboot, safe mode does the same.
>
> I can furnish more info from the boot log if required later but does anyone
> have a sure fire way of getting the GUI up and running so that it can start
> updating drivers etc.
>
> Oh, I'm also transferring the cdrom, dvdrw and most importantly the AGP
> graphics card so it's not an issue with that.
>
> Cheers
>
>
>

Thomas Wendell
07-10-2005, 12:58 AM
Courtesy of Rick "Nutcase" Rogers
(Who might get tired writing these sentences every 2hours...)
=================================

Do a repair install with the new hardware installed. Follow these steps to
do a repair install which should preserve your data, settings, and
programs:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM
drive.
2. Restart your computer. If you have to, change the BIOS settings to start
from the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer
again.
3. At the "Welcome to Setup" page, press ENTER.
4. Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement.
5. Use the arrow keys to select the installation of Windows XP that you want
to repair, and then press R to start the automatic repair process.
6. When Setup is completed, activate Windows XP.

Note that you will need your Product Key for this procedure, so have it
handy before you begin.

You also need to install all updates and hotfixes.

--
Rick Rogers - MVP



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"bigdoubleya" <bigdoubleya@discussions.microsoft.com> kirjoitti viestissä
news:5416EA45-ECE8-4332-B584-CFF1E92EF32B@microsoft.com...
> Hi all,
>
> Bought a new barebones PC and want to transfer my old hard disk with XP
pro
> on it to the new machine.
>
> Back in the good old / bad old days of Win98 etc, it was easy to do this
as
> Windows saw IDE as IDE and made no other requests to the system to fine
tune,
> AFAIR.
>
> Now though if I transfer the drive I get a reboot, safe mode does the
same.
>
> I can furnish more info from the boot log if required later but does
anyone
> have a sure fire way of getting the GUI up and running so that it can
start
> updating drivers etc.
>
> Oh, I'm also transferring the cdrom, dvdrw and most importantly the AGP
> graphics card so it's not an issue with that.
>
> Cheers
>
>
>

bigdoubleya
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
Thanks Thomas that worked.

It was however a HUGE PAIN IN THE A.

I really can't believe it was so painful, the first trouble I had was, as a
wireless PC, it had lost the config and I had to phone to reactivate.

Secondly, and I've noticed this on a few PCs, the startup after logging on
takes about 10 times linger on a new PC with more RAM and a much faster
CPU....you go figure.

Anyhow, thanks again.


Mark

"Thomas Wendell" wrote:

> Courtesy of Rick "Nutcase" Rogers
> (Who might get tired writing these sentences every 2hours...)
> =================================
>
> Do a repair install with the new hardware installed. Follow these steps to
> do a repair install which should preserve your data, settings, and
> programs:
>
> 1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM
> drive.
> 2. Restart your computer. If you have to, change the BIOS settings to start
> from the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer
> again.
> 3. At the "Welcome to Setup" page, press ENTER.
> 4. Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement.
> 5. Use the arrow keys to select the installation of Windows XP that you want
> to repair, and then press R to start the automatic repair process.
> 6. When Setup is completed, activate Windows XP.
>
> Note that you will need your Product Key for this procedure, so have it
> handy before you begin.
>
> You also need to install all updates and hotfixes.
>
> --
> Rick Rogers - MVP
>
>
>
> --
> Tumppi
> Reply to group
> =================================================
> Most learned on nntp://news.mircosoft.com
> Helsinki, Finland (remove _NOSPAM)
> (translations from FI/SE not always accurate)
> =================================================
>
>
>
> "bigdoubleya" <bigdoubleya@discussions.microsoft.com> kirjoitti viestissä
> news:5416EA45-ECE8-4332-B584-CFF1E92EF32B@microsoft.com...
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Bought a new barebones PC and want to transfer my old hard disk with XP
> pro
> > on it to the new machine.
> >
> > Back in the good old / bad old days of Win98 etc, it was easy to do this
> as
> > Windows saw IDE as IDE and made no other requests to the system to fine
> tune,
> > AFAIR.
> >
> > Now though if I transfer the drive I get a reboot, safe mode does the
> same.
> >
> > I can furnish more info from the boot log if required later but does
> anyone
> > have a sure fire way of getting the GUI up and running so that it can
> start
> > updating drivers etc.
> >
> > Oh, I'm also transferring the cdrom, dvdrw and most importantly the AGP
> > graphics card so it's not an issue with that.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>

bigdoubleya
07-10-2005, 12:59 AM
Andrew,

Not a waste of time on the repair, it worked and kept most of the config,
however AVG free was screwed.

As to the rest see my reply below.

Thanks for your input tho'


Mark

"Andrew E." wrote:

> With a new board you'll need to reinstall xp,boot to xp cd,select,install xp,
> new copy,delete the partition,create one,then let xp format and install.
> Youre wasting youre time on a "repair" of xp.
>
> "bigdoubleya" wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Bought a new barebones PC and want to transfer my old hard disk with XP pro
> > on it to the new machine.
> >
> > Back in the good old / bad old days of Win98 etc, it was easy to do this as
> > Windows saw IDE as IDE and made no other requests to the system to fine tune,
> > AFAIR.
> >
> > Now though if I transfer the drive I get a reboot, safe mode does the same.
> >
> > I can furnish more info from the boot log if required later but does anyone
> > have a sure fire way of getting the GUI up and running so that it can start
> > updating drivers etc.
> >
> > Oh, I'm also transferring the cdrom, dvdrw and most importantly the AGP
> > graphics card so it's not an issue with that.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> >
> >


Transferring hard disks with XP to new PC