If your primary IDE has a copy of windows already on it, than that alone can cause the system to re-boot & go into a loop of re-starting. It is alway recommended to install windows fresh when a user replaces the motherboard with a new motherboard. The only execption to this rule is if your replacement board is an exact match of the motherboard. Plat it safe. If you have another IDE data cable replace your current data cable. See if the system restarts.
If you have data on the primary IDE & do not wish to loose the data from your old windows than you need to create a new partition within the IDE's free space. This should stop the system from restarting. You can leave both IDE drives connected for this. Load your Windows XP CD & boot to it.
If the system does not load the Win CD than manually restart the system & press the F8 key every two seconds as the system boots. You should get this screen:
High-light the CD-ROM with the windows CD in it & press enter.
Read the display from windows XP's screens. You want to create a partition within the free space of your primary IDE. Than you want to install windows onto that new partition. By doing this you will not loose any data from your old windows partition. (You'll be able to delete the old win partition later).
Install windows complete & install all of your motherboard drivers from the Gigabyte CD.
Turn on windows firewall for protection. Click on, Activate Windows & do so by phone. Its free.
Update window. (Suggestion, when updating windows look through the updates & find .Net framework 1.0) & install. Its prefered to install all .Net framework's in order. ( 1.0, 1.1, 1.1 hotfix, 2.0, 2.1 ECT). Windows will want to restart your system inbetween some of these. Do so. You will also notice you may have to click on your user ID to log into windows, this will go away after all .Net frameworks have been installed. Do not remove guest from within user accounts in control panel. Once windows updates are finished you can now copy the old partitions data folders to the new windows folders.
Suggested folder's to copy:
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Local Settings\Identities
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\My Documents
Data from any program you may have installed.
Now you need to get rid of the old partition with the old win XP on it.
Use windows disk management program.
Click the start button, click on run & type in " diskmgmt.msc " & press the enter key.
You'll need to change the old win partition to a different drive letter. Example: Your IDE drive had one drive letter assigned to it - C:\. Windows most likely kept the letter C:\ assigned to your old windows.
With disk management you can re-assign all your drive letters. Once your sure you have all your data copied over onto the new installation you can delete the old windows partition.
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