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XP Boot problem

By kaidik
Aug 6, 2008
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  1. I was just given a computer which had its hard drive crashed. However, it had a different hard drive installed which came from a machine which apparently had a destroyed motherboard.

    Booting off of this "new" hard drive, the computer reaches the boot option screen (safe mode, etc) but upon choosing any of the options, the computer reboots.

    Is this hard drive bad too?

    Booting off of the "old" hard drive resulted in a bluescreen after a nearly full boot (which is the same as it had been before)

    Any input is appreciated.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If you swap harddrives between machines you must run a repair of Windows:

    Please choose one of the following:


    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step
    http://www.windowsxpprofessional.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step
    http://www.windowsxphome.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

    Xp Repair Home/Pro
    http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/How-to-repair-Windows-XP-t138.html

    Vista Repair:
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/windows_vista_repair_options.htm
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