Solved Difficulty loading windows XP Operating system

April 25, 2012 at 14:59:06
Specs: Windows XP
Transferring HDD between 2 computers. Windows XP fails to load following HDD formatting - tried countless times. If I install the same HDD into another computer running Windows 7, can I load XP on to it then return this HDD back into the original computer? If windows loads onto the HDD in this configuration I then know that either my motherboard / DVD drive(s) / bios or something else is at fault preventing me loading XP.

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#1
April 25, 2012 at 15:45:51
Are you using a retail CD or an OEM CD? For example: A Dell OEM version of XP will only work on Dells.

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#2
April 25, 2012 at 15:48:03
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"If I install the same HDD into another computer running Windows 7, can I load XP on to it then return this HDD back into the original computer?"

Not unless the machines are identical. Even then, you may have Windows balk on you...

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#3
April 25, 2012 at 16:46:54
SATA HDD?

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#4
April 25, 2012 at 17:37:30
Or some driver(s) or you need to slipstream SP3 and drivers into your cd.

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#5
April 25, 2012 at 23:47:49
Both machines have SATA HDD's and have original discs for both, The XP is a Medion bought from ALDI. the other is a Advent from PCworld

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#6
April 26, 2012 at 08:48:25
As T-R-A alluded to, you usually can't install XP on one system, then swap the HDD into another system & have it boot up, unless the systems are identical. The biggest conflicts are the motherboard chipset & SATA/RAID. You will have to install XP on the HDD while it is installed in the system it's intended to be run on. Here's a "how-to":

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...


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#7
April 26, 2012 at 13:26:34
Unless they are the exact same brand and the exact same revision level and the exact same fru theyare DIFFERENT systems.

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#8
April 26, 2012 at 16:20:15
If I read this right, then I would think the problem is in a bad memory stick (memtest) or the cdrom is having a problem reading the disk.

Have you tried putting the hd in the win 7 machine, then create an ISO of the cd and using iso buster to unpack the files onto the hd.? put in a live cd and install xp off the hd once you have it back in the xp machine


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