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Trying to boot from a hd from my old comp

My old comp's motherboard died, so i got a new comp that didn't have a hd from my friend. I installed the hd from my old comp in the new one but it won't boot the OS nor does it give me an error msg to let me know what's wrong.

My old comp was an hp 545x and my new one is a Dell Dimension 4600.

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Re: Trying to boot from a hd from my old comp


MS Windows XP when installed to an HD will "marry" itself to the hardware of the original computer specifically the motherboard. Transplanting the HD to another PC with a different motherboard will result in a cycling blue screen of death or protective message requiring that you reboot. Running in Safe Mode will not also be allowed.

You need to re-install your OS (boot from CD) but choose the 2nd repair option rather than a new/clean install or the first repair option if you want to preserve your other applications as well as your settings/configuration. Doing this will allow the OS to install the new device drivers and delete the old ones.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

God luck and kind regards.

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