New pc - old hard drive~

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galehickey

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Bought a new pc with an AMD processor. Old pc had a Pentium cpu. Put my HD into the new box and it won't boot. Checked BIOS for AUTO detect. Any ideas. Thanks.
 
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Operating systems are configured for the hardware they were installed on. You will need to do a repair install or clean install if you have a legal copy of Windows.

OEM copies of Windows are not allowed to be transfered to different machines.
 

galehickey

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Did not know this. Thanks.

"OEM copies of Windows are not allowed to be transfered to different machines. "
 
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You can get a new copy of XP Home from www.newegg.com for $90. It has an upgrade coupon for Vista too, when and if you decide you're ready to tackle that adventure.
 

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There is a regular procedure to follow to move an os or swap boards however this starts with the old motherboard still installed. Since you have already swapped boards, the only options are as follows;
1 Boot with your xp cd and do a repair install.
2 Boot with your xp cd and do a clean install.

Note you must have a retail version of xp to do this. An oem copy of the os cannot legally be moved to another system.
 
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I presume the new computer has a new hard drive with OS. The old drive can be then used as a slave by setting the jumpers on the drive, installing, then go to the BIOS to get the drive recognized as drive 2. Boot HD is drive 1.
 
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