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    Moving the hard drive (xp2)

    Hi all,
    I have an old PC which has windowx xp installed, is it possible to move the hard drive to a different computer, so I do not have to install windows again. I have plugged in the hard drive but it displays a blue screen and then the PC restarts, I think because of the drivers etc, but is there way to repair the installation and make this copy of windows work on the new PC?

    Many thanks,

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    Re: Moving the hard drive (xp2)

    You will have to sort out any licensing issues before you do this, but there is a tool called sysprep that will create a disk that is suitable for cloning in this way.

    StuartR

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    Re: Moving the hard drive (xp2)

    You can move the drive if you have resolved licensing questions (i.e. if you have XP from a hardware OEM such as Dell, HP, etc. it is licensed for the original machine only). The BSOD you get is because of the software layer that is built when Windows XP is installed. It is called the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and is unique to the original motherboard vendor and model. If you have an XP installation CD you can do a repair installation and that should do it. IIRC, you need to start the install (boot from the XP CD) and then skip the first opportunity to repair and select the second one. Once the repair install is finished be sure to go to Windows Update.

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    Re: Moving the hard drive (xp2)

    Joe,

    It could be the HAL, but I have also seen this caused by the need for a different driver for the boot disk.

    StuartR

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    Re: Moving the hard drive (xp2)

    You're correct. It could be that. In any event I think you still have the chance to add a driver if needed.

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