Do multiple installs on one PC corrupt or lock the XP disc?



cookster
07-10-2005, 02:19 AM
I've had trouble getting one of my drives to accept the SP2 upgrade (it was
small anyway) so I bought another and attempted an install, no luck - some of
the files won't install. I'm wondering if I've exceeded some kind of install
limit, since I've also been trying to unscrew the SP2 install by reformatting
and reinstalling. I've upgraded my PC with a new motherboard, and have tried
to install XP on different drives, no luck, there are some files that won't
install, then I get locked into a continual reboot after install. I thought
that the EULA allowed installation on several hard drives, so long as they
are used on the same PC? I built my PC with swapable hard drive bays so I
could keep my data and drives safe from my kids.

What do you think is happening? Is the XP install disk toast, or is
something else going on? Any solutions?

peterk
07-10-2005, 02:19 AM
Actually the EULA says one copy of XP on one computer....but thats beside
the point.
When you change motherboards you also need to change the motherboard drivers
that usually come on a CD with the mobo.
When you change mobo you also need to do a Repair installation of XP to
correct the HAL file that keeps track of the hardware that you installed XP
onto.I dont know if XP will install onto a removable HD but i dont see why
it should not.
Please give us some specifics on your system...changed from what to
what??HD??EIDE or SATA??
peterk

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"cookster" <cookster@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> I've had trouble getting one of my drives to accept the SP2 upgrade (it
> was
> small anyway) so I bought another and attempted an install, no luck - some
> of
> the files won't install. I'm wondering if I've exceeded some kind of
> install
> limit, since I've also been trying to unscrew the SP2 install by
> reformatting
> and reinstalling. I've upgraded my PC with a new motherboard, and have
> tried
> to install XP on different drives, no luck, there are some files that
> won't
> install, then I get locked into a continual reboot after install. I
> thought
> that the EULA allowed installation on several hard drives, so long as they
> are used on the same PC? I built my PC with swapable hard drive bays so I
> could keep my data and drives safe from my kids.
>
> What do you think is happening? Is the XP install disk toast, or is
> something else going on? Any solutions?


Do multiple installs on one PC corrupt or lock the XP disc?