HDD Swap Allows OS To Work On Another CPU?

May 29, 2011 at 19:13:16
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 With 4 Gigabytes RAM

So right now, I'm about to replace my current computer with a newer one. Problem is that I have TONS of applications that I don't want to or can't install again. Can I take the hard drive out of my current computer and put it into my other computer. I'll install drivers for the new computer and such, but I don't want to go through installing updates and applications again. Will this work? The computer's specs are listed below:

Old Computer:
Dell Optiplex GX270 (Slimline)
4 GB RAM
128 MB Nvidia Geforce FX5200 Video Card Low Factor AGP
Windows XP Home Edition

New Computer:
Dell Dimension 8300
1.5 GB RAM
32 MB ATI Radeon 7500 Low Factor AGP
OS To Be Moved Over From Old Computer

Note that the RAM and Video Card (Most Likely) will be moved over to the new computer from the old one.

Again, will this work?

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#1
May 29, 2011 at 21:13:06

Will it work? Probably not.
In any event it would not be legal. According to the licensing terms of an OEM computer, the OS cannot be transferred to another computer. The OS lives and dies on the original computer.

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#2
May 30, 2011 at 05:59:17

Your XP installation is configured to the hardware in the machine it was installed in. If you swap the HDD to a system with a different hardware configuration, XP will detect the hardware change & display a BSOD - that's as far as it will go. To get the HDD to work in the "new" system, Windows will have to be reinstalled. A "repair installation" should work if you're using a retail XP disc, if you're using the Dell media, I'm not so sure.

What's the point of this "upgrade" anyway? Both systems are old/outdated. I don't see what you'll be gaining?


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#3
May 30, 2011 at 06:20:18

Well, it's kinda a long story, but look at this post I was in.
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

So the Optiplex GX270 is most likely die very soon so I am preparing the Dimension as my backup computer for when it dies.

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#4
May 30, 2011 at 12:36:58

ntbackup and restrore with system state may allow you to use apps.

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#5
May 31, 2011 at 06:38:12

You have nothing to loose by trying it. If memory serves though you don't have a dell xp install disk to do a repair install if needed.

At least you are working on older computers......you would be amazed at how many
people with little experience buy all top end parts and then end up toasting them.

I'm surprised you didn't get one of the new $23.00 replacement boards off ebay.


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#6
May 31, 2011 at 16:08:22

Well, here is the thing with buying another motherboard. So my relative had an old computer that the hard drive died in. She bought another used computer to get the replacement parts out of. After the replacement parts were in, a few months later, the motherboard burned up. So she ended up buying an entirely new computer. I then got her old one and the original motherboard that came with it. So I replaced the motherboard in the computer with the original, and put in a new Hard Drive, and WALLA! It worked and has been working to this day. So I want to try to at least save some money by doing the hard drive swap.

What She Could Have Payed:
$0 - Extra Hard Drive I Had
------------Total of $0!

What She Payed:
$120 - First Replacement Computer
$500 - New Computer
----------- Total $620...and she could have payed nothing!

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#7
July 10, 2011 at 01:35:32

So anyway, I some how got a hard drive out of my old dead emachines.....to run and operate on my new dell....how did I do this o yeah specs...dell optiplex gx620......emachines t6212....Please tell me how this was possible.

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