I got it sorted out. A techy at a local shop was able to some how patch the old HDD to the new MOBO, and got windows to boot from the old HDD, in rough shape, but enough to run the MOBO disc with all the drivers, and with a LAN connection in order to D.L all the right drivers and updates... YES!!! I did have a problem with some software, especially Photo Shop, I had to call the company and get it reauthorized, but that was no problem either, other than the hour wait on the phone to actually speak to someone.
ps: Now it is running better than ever, no bugs. boot is slow, but i run a ton of programs, so it's expected, not any slower than before.