old hd into newcomp windows help

By rastaangel
Jan 1, 2006
  1. i put toghether a new computer 2 days ago. i had a hewlett packard and what i tried to do was reuse my old hard drive so i didnt have to buya new copy of windows. when i start it up i log into windows like normal but the nextscreen says that windows isalready activated and if you hit ok it logs you out. do i have to buy a new copy of windows or can i reconfig my hd and reload windows?
  2. Gandalph

    Gandalph TS Rookie Posts: 34

    If you want to keep all your installed programs, I suggest you do a repair install. Activation will be required at the end of the repair install, but it should go through OK.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    The H.P. recovery disk or recovery partition is not likely to install on a different motherboard. But you cant loose anything by trying. if you actually have a recovery disk rahter than a recovery partition you could crete your own XP disk from it.
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