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Xp hard drive switched between machines

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Zerogod, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. Zerogod

    Zerogod Thread Starter

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    I'm sure there was an easier way to do this and I'm taking the difficult way.

    I received 2 Panasonic toughbooks CF-18. #1 had screen smashed but mainboard worked perfect, #2 worked fine except usb ports had failed ... so #2 needed #1's mainboard so it would work perfect

    i installed the board into #2 and went to boot up.. of course it wouldn't boot into xp because the boards were slightly different models and would just loop continuously.

    i installed xp onto the machine again and now have a dual boot system both with xp professional. only one will boot obviously.

    I only need the main one to boot that has all the old files and programs on it and delete the installation i just did.

    In explorer i have the two installations, "Windows" and "Windows.0" with "Windows" being the one that won't boot.

    which folders/files do i need to delete or copy from the working windows to the one that won't boot?

    or is there an easier way?

    i know the original windows installation won't boot because it's trying to load drivers for the old board and it's conflicting with the new board, i just don't have experience switching mainboards to work with previous OS.

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Lozzy-loz

    Lozzy-loz

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    If i've understood your post correctly you have installed xp and left the existing installation without formatting.If this is the case you need to start again only this time deleting the primary partician(press L to delete all data will be lost)set up will then format the drive fast or full your choice and install a fresh version of xp.Make sure you have all the drivers before you start.
     
  3. Zerogod

    Zerogod Thread Starter

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    not quite. i need to keep the original xp install. the guy i'm doing it for has all his programs installed and data for work purposes. but i can't boot up from that install because it's from a different machine, very similar, but different nonetheless.
     
  4. huggie54

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    try booting from xp disc and choose a repair on the damaged installation,go through the normal install procedure to the screen after the request to press F8 to agree,select the biggest install"the one with all the files to save" and press "r" to repair
     
  5. Zerogod

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    it doesn't give that option like it usually does. just goes straight to the "select partition" to install windows.
     
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