New Hardware old OS



bobbyray
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
I have great new, faster hardware. Can I just transplant my hard disk into
the new computer and keep the existing OS and user apps?

Cari \(MS-MVP\)
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
You can transfer the hard drive but you'll have to do a Repair Installation
of XP to ensure that all the hardware changes are correctly identified and
re-configured.
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Cari
(MS-MVP Printing & Imaging)

"bobbyray" <bobbyray@online.nospam> wrote in message
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>I have great new, faster hardware. Can I just transplant my hard disk into
> the new computer and keep the existing OS and user apps?
>
>
>

Ron Martell
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
"bobbyray" <bobbyray@online.nospam> wrote:

>I have great new, faster hardware. Can I just transplant my hard disk into
>the new computer and keep the existing OS and user apps?
>

As Cari said the minimum that you would need to do is a Repair
Install. See http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm for
detailed instructions.

Notes:
1. If your Windows XP is an OEM version (e.g. came bundled with a new
computer) and if the CD is a "System Recovery" disk rather than an
installation CD then you will not be able to do a Repair Install.
2. If your Windows XP is a "BIOS locked" OEM version then you will
not be able to activate it on the new hardware even if you do Repair
Install or a clean install. Your OEM Windows version is BIOS locked
if there is no "Activate Windows" entry in the Accessories - System
Tools menu.
3. If your Windows XP installation CD is for the original release or
service pack 1 versions and if your installed Windows XP has been
upgraded to service pack 2 then you will have create a new
installation CD with service pack 2 slipstreamed into it in order to
do a Repair Install. See the following websites for instructions:
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?action=show&showarticle=49


Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
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http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

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