Switching Hard drive to new computer

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Kevin, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    I just got a new computer and would like to switch my hard drive with windows
    xp professional SP2 on it to my new computer. Unfortunately, when I try to
    boot the computer up, I get a message that asks if I would like to: a) start
    in safe mode b) start in safe mode with networking c) start in safe mode with
    prompts d) run computer in last setting, and finally e) start normally.
    Whenever I select any of these, my computer restarts and goes back to the
    aforementioned screen. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give. My
    e-mail address is
     
    Kevin, Jun 27, 2006
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  2. You will most likely need to do a repair installation. Windows XP does not like being moved to different hardware, specifically hard disk controllers.

    Repair the Windows XP Installation

    Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, please refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.

    Remove any floppy disks and ZIP disks from their respective drives. Insert your Windows XP compact disc (CD) into your CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.

    (You can also boot with a Windows 98/Me Startup disk with CD support and run WINNT.EXE in the I386 folder on the CD)

    When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

    When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER:
    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    At this point an option to press R to enter the Recovery Console is displayed. Do not select this option.

    On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

    Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.

    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

    If your computer came with XP pre-installed, then it is likely tied to the BIOS of the old machine and may not "activate" when moved to the new hardware, if it will run at all.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jun 28, 2006
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  3. Kevin

    Steven Wimer Guest

    An in place upgrade would be wise when changing hardware.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

    The following method isn't listed in the above article but can help if you
    have access to the old machine still.

    -put hard drive back in old machine (if it is moved)
    -Copy the i386 folder to your hard drive under c:\
    -run winnt32.exe in the i386 folder
    -follow setup instructions
    -when it is ready to reboot the first time, turn off the computer (obviously
    after it has shutdown windows)
    -pull the drive from the old machine and place it in the new one
    -complete the setup

    It doesn't work 100% of the time but is pretty reliable.
     
    Steven Wimer, Jun 28, 2006
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  4. Kevin

    Nickyrock Guest

    try backing up the activation files:

    Go to your WINDOWS\System32 folder and find a file called "wpa.dbl" and
    "wpa.bak" (if it exists) back those files up to a floppy, CD or whatever you
    want to put it on.

    When you want to restore these files go into safe mode and put them into
    your windows\system32 directory. When you reboot you should be activated.

    I had my system backed up and replaced the hard drive then did a restore and
    didn't have to re-activate. also have upgraded memory, sound card, vid card,
    and never had to re-activate. and this is an oem version of MCE 2005.

    your situation may vary, but hopfully not.

    --

    Nickyrock

    You will most likely need to do a repair installation. Windows XP does not
    like being moved to different hardware, specifically hard disk controllers.

    Repair the Windows XP Installation

    Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information
    about how to do this, please refer to your computer's documentation or
    contact your computer manufacturer.

    Remove any floppy disks and ZIP disks from their respective drives. Insert
    your Windows XP compact disc (CD) into your CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive,
    and then restart your computer.

    (You can also boot with a Windows 98/Me Startup disk with CD support and run
    WINNT.EXE in the I386 folder on the CD)

    When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message is displayed on your
    screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

    When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen,
    press ENTER:
    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    At this point an option to press R to enter the Recovery Console is
    displayed. Do not select this option.

    On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the
    license agreement.

    Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the
    box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.

    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

    If your computer came with XP pre-installed, then it is likely tied to the
    BIOS of the old machine and may not "activate" when moved to the new
    hardware, if it will run at all.

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
    Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Nickyrock, Jun 28, 2006
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  5. Used to work, doesn't anymore.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jun 28, 2006
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  6. Kevin

    Nickyrock Guest

    and they are not used in vista... I searched the whole partition and found
    no wpa.* files so how is one to keep a bavkup of their activation only? in
    XP or vista?

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    Nickyrock
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    Used to work, doesn't anymore.

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
    Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Nickyrock, Jun 30, 2006
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