moving hard drive

December 8, 2011 at 16:33:47
Specs: vista 32 bit, 1.8 ghz opteron 4 gig
i'm taking a hard drive from one computer and installing it in another, the old drive had xp, the new one vista from an hp, with an asus board, the new board is an asus as well but newer, and with way more capabilities

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#1
December 8, 2011 at 16:37:36
at first it said it was looking for a certain file, but discussing with a cohort decided it might have been from the bios set up to run xp pro, so i updated the bios with the cooresponding version to match what i was doing... that went through no problems, now it goes into a start up repair and ends after about 15 minutes saying startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically, i can give all old computer information, and new, boards, ram, cpu, hdd, etc etc

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#2
December 8, 2011 at 16:43:47
In that case you are going to have to do a complete reinstall. The difference between the old Asus board and the new one are obviously great that the repair facility cannot handle it.

The BIOS has very little to do with it.

Stuart


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#3
December 8, 2011 at 16:57:28
first just to clarify everything is on the up and up, it is... i purchased all here so no backhanded issues...

i noticed previously on the hp computer it had a back up utility that would allow it to return to brand new state, which i had to do before when i changed a few peices of hardware, is it possible that if i could run this it might work? i'm asking here relative to sitting 2 hours on the phone trying to decribe my problem and verify absolutely everything, plus i dont wanna purchase a new copy, which is their go to answer


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#4
December 8, 2011 at 16:58:40
i liked the hp computer but it was heavily underpowered and the board had numerous problems, thus this swap

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#5
December 8, 2011 at 18:06:55
The copy of Windows XP is an OEM version and therefore is licensed to the computer it was purchased with. When the computes dies, the OS dies with it. They are the terms of the OEM licences, that is why you get it so cheep in the first place.

If the new computer had Windows XP on it when it was purchased then you could use that licence to reinstall Windows XP using any old XP disc. But as it had Vista on it, Vista is all you can legally install without buying a new licence for Windows XP

Stuart


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#6
December 8, 2011 at 19:32:17
All true. Sorry.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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