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May 20, 2004 5:13:22 AM

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Can I put my old hd (win xp) into a new system and will it still work? I
want to keep all my settings and files as they are without having to
reinstall everything. Sorry if its a silly question thank you
May 20, 2004 5:13:23 AM

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

Yes you can move your old HD to a new system and hook it up as the master
BUT...........you will need to do a repair installation or XP will not start
because the HAL will be different
XP REPAIR
.............................................................................

Boot from the CD or you can insert the CD while at the windows desktop but
when the setup screen appears, exit setup and reboot. If your system is set
to be able to boot from the CD, it should detect the disk and give a brief
message, during the boot up, if you wish to boot from the CD press any key.

Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a reference
asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if you
wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.

Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a screen
with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
using the Recovery console.

The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you to
press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement. Setup
will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From there
on, follow the screens.
peter
"Ian" <iskin36removethis@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:SCTqc.48983$TT.30972@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> Can I put my old hd (win xp) into a new system and will it still work? I
> want to keep all my settings and files as they are without having to
> reinstall everything. Sorry if its a silly question thank you
>
>
May 20, 2004 6:00:38 AM

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"peter" <peter@nomalarky.net> wrote in message
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> Yes you can move your old HD to a new system and hook it up as the master
> BUT...........you will need to do a repair installation or XP will not
start
> because the HAL will be different
> XP REPAIR
>
.............................................................................
>
> Boot from the CD or you can insert the CD while at the windows desktop but
> when the setup screen appears, exit setup and reboot. If your system is
set
> to be able to boot from the CD, it should detect the disk and give a brief
> message, during the boot up, if you wish to boot from the CD press any
key.
>
> Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a reference
> asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if you
> wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
> setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.
>
> Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a screen
> with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
> using the Recovery console.
>
> The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you to
> press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement.
Setup
> will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
> version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
> install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From there
> on, follow the screens.
> peter
> "Ian" <iskin36removethis@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:SCTqc.48983$TT.30972@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
> > Can I put my old hd (win xp) into a new system and will it still work? I
> > want to keep all my settings and files as they are without having to
> > reinstall everything. Sorry if its a silly question thank you
> >
> >Thank you will do it tommorrow.
>
>
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