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I added a HDD containing Win XP pro (SP3). I can't boot to it, it keeps on rebooting. This hard drive was from another computer, an older computer, so possibly it is a drivers issue ??


Have read various articles about this, but seems they rely on being able to boot into safe mode. I can't boot into safe mode. I can select it, but it only goes so far and then reboots again.


When I select safe mode, it displays the drivers, and seems to stop at aswRvrt.sys . A google search on that file, it is an Avast file I think. Could XP Pro also be unable to boot because this computer has a newer cpu, graphics card,etc ? That said, it is 6 years old.


Please advise.



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You can't just move one installation to an other motherboard and expect it to run. Maybe a repair (booting from XP CD, same version, same service pack, same Internet Explorer version) could fix that. Not sure. Also you will have to reactivate XP as all the devices the activation is linked to have been replaced.




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Ponch is correct. You'll also need the COA key from the old PC unless the Current PC is the same Vendor, in which case the Internal Key (found in the Other HDD Registry "SOFTWARE" Hive) can be used with the "I386" folder found "somewhere" in that HDD (the *full* Install, not the ServicePack folder) plus the OEMBIOS.xxx files "somewhere" on that HDD. The OEM key on that HDD can be gotten using this tool -


Of course, you'll have to have a WindowsPE (or a LiveXP) to run it if that's the *only* OS in that PC. Otherwise, hook it up to a running from another HDD OS andf get it "remotely". Note that the procedure is *only* useful if it's currently hooked up to the same OEM Vendor (e.g. Dell) MoBo. Otherwise, the COA key is *absolutely* necessary as cross-swapping Vendor Mobo's will *not* work.


Ponch is absolutely correct, but you haven't provided much in the way of details. Usually an OEM install has a "hidden partition" on it with the Restore To Factory Files. If it's not OEM, then you'll *have* to have that COA Key (also found in that Hive). In either case, you'll have to have the *same edition* Source Files (or those off the HDD as said above) for a Repair Install (repeating what Ponch already stated).




(Clarifying/extending Ponch post only, with additional helpful link.)

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I added a HDD containing Win XP pro (SP3). I can't boot to it, it keeps on rebooting. This hard drive was from another computer, an older computer, so possibly it is a drivers issue ??

The request is not supported. Expect some trouble.

Press F8 at boot and disable automatic reboot: which BSOD do you read?

The first idea is mass storage controller:
guessed: goto BIOS and enable IDE emulation mode

More detailed informations are required:
which old and new hardware?
which drivers are used at old system?

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