Computer restarts before windows logo

By Ace630
Mar 11, 2007
  1. I've just recently got another computer and the hard drive in it wasnt very big and didnt have a validated copy of xp on it
    So I tried to put my old hard drive in it but the computer would restart before it got to the windows loading screen. I have tried it with a newer hard drive I had bought new a few years ago but had alsmost the same result only this time it wouldnt restart just freeze.
    I'm not sure how to tell you the stats of the motherboard do ill tell you what i know
    Its a amd ahtlon xp 1.10ghx with 224 mb ram
    Im not sure but i looked on the motherbaord and it had the model number which im not sure is needed or not but that is: ms 6373
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You need to do a "fresh" install of XP on the system. Pick a hard drive, install it in the system and then install XP. You can't just swap hard drives with XP on them from system to system... This doesn't work, as you have already found out
  3. Ace630

    Ace630 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    ok thanks for the help
    problem is though will i still be able to validate windows on one of the hard drives though cause they both have validated copies of windows on them?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    you can try Validating Windows using the on-line utility. If this fails you can call Microsoft and they will help you. As long as the system is the only system you have XP installed on, they will give you a new install ID. This is not a KEY. You might as well format the drives... The XP version on them is invalid now
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