|If you install XP on a hard drive when it is connected to one mboard, then move the hard drive and connect to another mboard without doing anything to the data, if the hardware on the two mboards is more than a little different, if you attempt to boot from the drive, XP will often NOT load normally. |
Typically you see normal video while booting, then the first bit of Windows graphics, then a black screen with a blinking cursor top left, and you can't do anything after that.
Is that your situation ??
If so, that can be fixed without losing the data already on the partition Windows is on, which is usually C in Windows.
You must have an OEM XP CD of the same version, Home or Pro, whichever applies, the same as on the official Microsoft sticker that's on the outside of the computer case.
The OEM XP CD must be either
- a brand name supplied XP re-installation CD that came with the SAME brand name computer model.
- or - an official OEM Microsoft XP CD, or a bootable copy of one - OEM = it has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on the original CD.
You use the Product Key that's on the official Microsoft sticker that's on the outside of the computer case.
See Response 5 regarding running a Repair installation of XP
You will need to load all the drivers for the mboard that are not built into XP after Setup is finished, especially the main chipset drivers.
If the XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, you will probably need to re-install some of your Windows Updates, which could be done by Automatic Update, but that will take longer.