Same HD, Different System

October 7, 2009 at 05:19:27
Specs: Windows XP SP3
Hi.

I had put my core question at the end, but I'll also put it here for the sake of brevity:

What's the best way to prepare a drive (or, more specifically, Windows XP) to be taken from its old system and placed into a new one with different hardware?

For more details and information, keep reading. :)

My mom managed to kill her old system somehow (it won't even give POST beeps - and I tried a different PSU, too), but that's not really the reason I'm here.

We have another system, and I'm trying to put her drives in it to get her back up and running.

However, while I can get as far as the Windows boot options (safe mode, normal mode etc), as soon as I try to start windows it seems to hang.

In safe mode, it displays the files it's loading and got as far as agp440.sys. I did some googling and figured out how to disable that from the boot sequence (using the Repair Console), but now it just stops at mup.sys instead.

I'm not sure how to procede from here. The hard drive is fine, if I put it into a system similar to the one that died, it boots up and runs just fine.

I'm assuming it's a driver issue of some kind or another, but I'm hesitant to just uninstall everything listed in the device manager, then switch boxes and see what happens. Although, if I can be reasonably sure this would succeed, I'd be fine with it.

Any other suggestions?

Again, my problem can be boiled down to this question:

What's the best way to prepare a drive (or, more specifically, Windows XP) to be taken from its old system and placed into a new one with different hardware?

Thanks very much for your time!


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October 7, 2009 at 05:36:50
You would have to do a Repair of XP, so the other hardware gets recognized.

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP


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#2
October 7, 2009 at 06:27:25
YES, thank you!

Additional thanks for the quick reply!

I thought I remembered having done a Repair Install earlier in my attempts to get it working, but I gave it another shot. Put in my XP cd, hit enter to install XP, it found the existing install, hit R to repair...

Success! It rebooted, went through its install process (at which point I realized I didn't remember actually doing this on this computer before), rebooted again, and is now up and running again.

Clearly my memories must have been from my efforts this past weekend to fix a friend's laptop.

Again, many thanks. Handily resolved, and now I know for sure how to handle this situation in the future.

:)


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