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Putting old XP drive into new PC

  1. #1


    Andy Guest

    Putting old XP drive into new PC

    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,

    Andy.





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  2. #2


    Carey Frisch [MVP] Guest

    Re: Putting old XP drive into new PC

    Sorry, but the Dell OEM Windows XP license will only be
    valid on the original computer it shipped with. It will
    not activate on a different Dell PC because the motherboard
    BIOS would be entirely different. OEM Windows licenses
    are non-transferrable to a different computer.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Andy" wrote:

    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,

    Andy.





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  3. #3


    Charlie Tame Guest

    Re: Putting old XP drive into new PC

    Andy wrote:
    > 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,
    >
    > Andy.
    >
    >
    >
    >



    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
    happens

    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.

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  4. #4


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: Putting old XP drive into new PC

    Hi,Carey
    I think these parts of your response are true:
    > Sorry, but the Dell OEM Windows XP license will only be
    > valid on the original computer it shipped with.

    and
    > OEM Windows licenses
    > are non-transferrable to a different computer.


    This part may be wrong:
    > It will
    > not activate on a different Dell PC because the motherboard
    > BIOS would be entirely different.


    For testing purposes, I have installed a 2004 Dell laptop WXP Home Edition
    on a 1998 Dell desktop computer, using the laptop's key, and it installed
    properly and booted up repeatedly without asking to be activated. It was
    happy just knowing it was installed on a Dell. I reformatted the hard drive
    and reinstalled the WXPHE, using the key from a Sony laptop. With this
    arrangement, I was asked to activate. Upon completion of testing, I
    reformatted the hard drive.

    I'm just guessing here, but I think that if the OP goes into device manager
    on the old Dell, perhaps he could remove all drivers just before shutting
    down. On boot-up after putting the drive in the new Dell, it should use
    generic drivers and scan for new hardware, and ask for drivers. I haven't
    tried this -- hopefully some expert will jump in with real knowledge.

    -Paul Randall

    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eiAwQQH4HHA.1184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Sorry, but the Dell OEM Windows XP license will only be
    > valid on the original computer it shipped with. It will
    > not activate on a different Dell PC because the motherboard
    > BIOS would be entirely different. OEM Windows licenses
    > are non-transferrable to a different computer.
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    >
    > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "Andy" wrote:
    >
    > 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,
    >
    > Andy.
    >
    >
    >
    >




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  5. #5


    Dave Guest

    Re: Putting old XP drive into new PC

    Charlie Tame wrote:

    > Andy wrote:
    >
    >> 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,
    >>
    >> Andy.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > 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.


    All my 'proper' versions of windows have been the free ones. The best to
    buy :-)

    Dave

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