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mnelson007

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I built a new PC for a friend. She wants evrything that is on the old hard drive on the new one. I made a ghost copy of the old drive to the new one. Is there any easy way to boot the new drive and have Win 98 successfully detect all the new hard ware?
 
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I would suggest booting to safe mode on the first bootup, and try to remove all the things from device manager that are part of the old motherboard, in particular usb, hard disk controller, any onboard sound or video, etc. If windows manages to find everything and install it, fine, if not you can usually straighten things out by reinstalling win98 on top of what you have, all settings and programs should be the same when you are done
 

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I tried that. First I booted into safe mode and removed all the items from device manager and rebooted. Windows came up but did not find anything. It looked about like a computer in safe mode but was not. I then tried reloading Windows on top of it. That seamed to work great until the first reboot then I started getting a blue screen on every boot. I gave up on that. Wiped the drive. Took it and made a fresh ghost copy of the old drive skiped the boot to safe mode. Booted to a boot disk and reloaded windows only to get the same results.
 
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That is probably a driver or program trying to load at startup. If you can get to safe mode, try running msconfig and removing stuff from the startup tab that is not necessary to start the computer. When you reinstall windows, it is using the same registry from before, there could also be a registry setting that is causing the problems. It would also not be a bad idea to go into control panel add/remove programs while in safe mode and get rid of programs that are not needed. There is also the possibility that you have flaky memory on the new system, or some bios setting that is not right. As a last resort, you could rename the windows directory, rename all instances of win.com and rename the old registry, then do a clean install of windows, making sure you tell it to install in c:\windows. That would keep all the data on the drive intact, but you would need to reinstall most programs
 
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