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Anonymous
April 17, 2004 6:44:03 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

I have been given a computer with a newer cpu w/XP home installed. Instead of reinstalling all of my programs and updates, can I simply switch my own new C hard drive w/XP home with installed and updated programs with the hard drive w/XP home in the newer computer? Will this work?

Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

Mary
mleek@arkwest.com
Anonymous
April 17, 2004 6:54:54 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Michael Stevens]

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Be Smart! Protect your PC!
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"Mary Fowler Leek" <mleek@arkwest.com> wrote in message:
news:%231ohaRLJEHA.1620@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...

I have been given a computer with a newer cpu w/XP home installed. Instead of reinstalling all of my programs
and updates, can I simply switch my own new C hard drive w/XP home with installed and updated programs with
the hard drive w/XP home in the newer computer? Will this work?

Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

Mary
mleek@arkwest.com
Anonymous
April 17, 2004 7:10:12 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

Greetings --

Normally, and assuming a retail license (many OEM licenses are not
transferable to a new motherboard), unless your motherboard is
virtually identical (same chipset, same IDE controllers, same BIOS
version, etc.) to the one on which the other WinXP installation was
originally performed, you'll need to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place
upgrade) installation, at the very least:

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=K...;EN-US;Q315341

As always when undertaking such a significant change, back up any
important data before starting.

This will also require re-activation, unless you have a Volume
Licensed version of WinXP Pro installed. If it's been more than 120
days since you last activated that specific Product Key, you'll most
likely be able to activate via the internet without problem. If it's
been less, you might have to make a 5 minute phone call.


Bruce Chambers

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"Mary Fowler Leek" <mleek@arkwest.com> wrote in message
news:%231ohaRLJEHA.1620@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
I have been given a computer with a newer cpu w/XP home installed.
Instead of reinstalling all of my programs and updates, can I simply
switch my own new C hard drive w/XP home with installed and updated
programs with the hard drive w/XP home in the newer computer? Will
this work?

Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

Mary
mleek@arkwest.com
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