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Old 04-11-2014, 10:58 AM
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I wish to get win xp working again... now have put in new motherboard and chip

Hi.... is it feasable to have this work?

1. buy / obtain win xp o/s
2. load onto new harddrive
...... then have it run all my original win xp programs that are already installed on another harddrive (by palcing it into the computer as well).

If the reason is needed to be known... it is here:
I have (HAD) win xp os and programs.... on my hardrive.... very happy with simple but "just what i want" set up.
motherboard and or chip packed in
SOOO ...
I popped in a new (more modern) motherboard and chip..... but original HD won't boot.
Have learned it won't boot because the win xp os is an OEM version.... and only works with the original motherboard (something along those lines)

will 1 and 2 above get me going again (with my original progs n stuff)?

appreciate thoughts / knowhow
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:23 PM
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The reason it won't boot is because when XP was originally installed, it was configured to work with the hardware (including MB and Processor) it found at that time. Changing the hardware without re-installing the OS means when it tries to communicate with the hardware it thinks you have it all falls down.

You need to re-install XP on your new Hard Drive, which will then be configured for your new hardware, following which you should install your chipset drivers which came with the board and processor and drivers for all your other hardware too.

Normally, you would then have to re-install your programs so the new OS can put their data where it expects to find it - it's on another drive at the moment so just navigating to the original install directory and running the executable will probably result in nothing happening at all or very unpredictable results.

However, if you look HERE, there appears to be a program which claims to be able to transfer installed software from one computer to another, if you no longer have the software CD.

Worth a go anyway.

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Old 01-04-2017, 06:19 PM
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This might help other folks who want to upgrade their hardware under XP.
But your current system has to be bootable to do some tweaking.
Read on.
Good luck.
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