> Sorry for x-posting but I didn't know which group would be best to answer
> this question. I am getting a new Dell PC soon replacing my old Dell. Both
> new and old have 160GB HDD - however old one has Windows XP Home Edition SP2
> and obviously new PC will have Vista (which will be home basic if its any
> bearing). If I want to carry on using my old/present Hard Disk Drive and put
> it in the new PC and carry on using Widows XP instead of vista apart from
> obviously changing all the drivers to match the new PCs mainboard and
> components will my XP still run / activate or re-activate OK or will it as I
> am guessing it might, detect the new PC and wont activate?
> I am guessing it will know I am putting the drive into another PC and it
> wont activate but then again they are both Dell PC's not two different
> manufacturers of PC and the old/present hard drive has the Dell OEM version
> of Windows XP not a retail XP version. - If it does go ahead smoothly do I
> use the 25 digit CD key (on the side of the PC) from the Old Dell PC's Case
> or from the New Dell PC's case? (if it even asks me for a CD key that is).
> Sorry about all the questions, can anyone tell me if what I want to do will
> work? - I tried googling and yahooing but could only find conflicting
> information nothing really helpful.
> Oh, I just though of something else. My new PC will have onboard SATA and
> SATA Drive whereas my old Dell has IDE sockets and IDE Hard drive but I
> suppose I could always get a SATA to IDE connector could I not or maybe add
> in a PCI IDE card? - What do you reckon?
> Many Thanks,
If your new PC has only one CD or DVD drive you may have a spare IDE
connector or be able to install a new cable with two connectors, however
Carey is right about the licence being non transferable and most likely
it wouldn't run at all. This is why I never buy OEM installations,
always get a "Proper" Windows CD.
Trying this is likely to result in all kinds of stupid irritations - I
think you'd be better to keep both PCs for a while if that is possible
and see which system best suits your needs, then remove the Vista drive
connectors before even trying anything else. If your Vista is OEM too
you could find yourself with neither working. It's one of those things
that "Should not" do any harm but usually when you assume that the worst
It is very easy to fit slide in drive bays for SATA drives on generic
cases, not sure if Dell case would be suitable but if you haven't got it
yet that might be an option for you, then you clone the XP drive onto a
new SATA drive and play as much as you want - but if it should happen to
work then legally you must not use the old XP or sell the machine with
XP on... I'm pretty sure it won't work anyway though.