XP does not boot after hardware change

By MoTaMi ยท 5 replies
Dec 7, 2007
  1. Hi there,

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in...

    Yesterday I got a new motherboard, processor and memory sticks... after putting everything together I tried booting the PC up but it only goes up to the black windows start screen and it reboots automatically.:dead:

    If I change back to the old hardware it boots up perfectly fine, so I assume the prob is with the change.

    Do I have to re-install or repair windows since I have changed so much hardware?

    Thank you for any help in advance, hope to "hear" from you soon.:blush:

    Edit: Forgot to say that it doesn't even go into safe mode. Have tried it and it just reboots anyway.
  2. Joe Walton

    Joe Walton TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Yes Im not 100% sure about repairing it, but when you replace the motherboard you cant just put a harddrive that has windows already install on it... the OS has to be installed whilst connected to the currnet motherboard
    (In some cases it has worked for me but its very rare)

    Your best off backing up your data with the old parts in,

    and then wipe and reload the harddrive with the new parts in...

    that would work fine, unless anyone knows a way around it...
  3. MoTaMi

    MoTaMi TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Well, thank you for the swift reply... was hoping it wouldn't come to installing windows again *shiver*
  4. Joe Walton

    Joe Walton TS Rookie Posts: 36

    No problem lol...

    Your best off waiting for more replies as there may be a way around it.
  5. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    Joe is pretty much correct, as its often 'easier' to reinstall. BUT i've managed the switch over every time. Although I have had to re-activate windows by ringing MS each time as i've significantly changed the hardware.

    Bottom line, as joe said, backup your data and reinstall mate :)
  6. MoTaMi

    MoTaMi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh well...

    ... guess I better get to it then.

    Thanks again for the replies guys! :stickout:
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