Windows XP repair after motherboard change

Discussion in 'Windows XP General' started by JKP@att.net, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. Guest

    howdy all,

    Here's my situation: Replaced a motherboard in a client's system.
    Existing XP Home installation would not boot even in Safe Mode due to
    hardware differences.

    I did a parallel installation of XP Pro from my own disk and got them
    running so they could access their data, but this copy is not activated
    and I need to get their original legal copy of XP Home working again.
    The only "Windows" CD they have is an OEM restore disk that replaces
    the entire partition.

    Here's the million dollar question, and you guys are my Phone A Friend
    lifeline...

    How can I remove or change the driver info in the XP Home install,
    while booted up into the XP Pro install, so that I can then boot into
    XP Home?

    Alternate solutions like backing up and re-installing need not apply...


    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Jim P.
    Computing Solutions
     
    , Jul 21, 2006
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  2. -Alias- Guest

    wrote:

    >
    > Alternate solutions like backing up and re-installing need not apply...


    which is about the only thing that would work. You can spend hours and
    hours trying to figure out how to do it your way or take a few hours, do
    a clean install, and be done with it. You see, the OEM XP Home will not
    play nice with XP Pro, even if the XP Home was retail but much less if
    it's a branded OEM restore disk.

    Alias
     
    -Alias-, Jul 21, 2006
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  3. wrote:
    > howdy all,
    >
    > Here's my situation: Replaced a motherboard in a client's system.
    > Existing XP Home installation would not boot even in Safe Mode due to
    > hardware differences.
    >



    Normally, and assuming a retail license (many factory-installed OEM
    installations are BIOS-locked to a specific chipset and therefore *not*
    transferable to a new motherboard - check yours before starting), unless
    the new motherboard is virtually identical (same chipset, same IDE
    controllers, same BIOS version, etc.) to the one on which the WinXP
    installation was originally performed, you'll need to perform a repair
    (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, at the very least:

    How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q315341

    Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with WinXP Installed
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

    The "why" is quite simple, really, and has nothing to do with
    licensing issues, per se; it's a purely technical matter, at this point.
    You've pulled the proverbial hardware rug out from under the OS. (If
    you don't like -- or get -- the rug analogy, think of it as picking up a
    Cape Cod style home and then setting it down onto a Ranch style
    foundation. It just isn't going to fit.) WinXP, like Win2K before it,
    is not nearly as "promiscuous" as Win9x when it comes to accepting any
    old hardware configuration you throw at it. On installation it
    "tailors" itself to the specific hardware found. This is one of the
    reasons that the entire WinNT/2K/XP OS family is so much more stable
    than the Win9x group.

    As always when undertaking such a significant change, back up any
    important data before starting.

    This will also probably require re-activation, unless you have a
    Volume Licensed version of WinXP Pro installed. If it's been more than
    120 days since you last activated that specific Product Key, you'll most
    likely be able to activate via the Internet without problem. If it's
    been less, you might have to make a 5 minute phone call.



    > I did a parallel installation of XP Pro ....



    I hope that you put this installation on a separate partition. Placing
    two operating systems in the same partition is a recipe for disaster. A
    careful, knowledgeable specialist can do this safely for a short period
    of time, but the ordinary PC user had better be backing up his data
    hourly, as a catastrophic failure is a matter of "when," rather than "if."


    > .... from my own disk and got them
    > running so they could access their data, but this copy is not activated
    > and I need to get their original legal copy of XP Home working again.
    > The only "Windows" CD they have is an OEM restore disk that replaces
    > the entire partition.
    >


    Then you'll have to obtain and use an unbranded, generic OEM CD to
    perform the necessary repair installation.


    > Here's the million dollar question, and you guys are my Phone A Friend
    > lifeline...
    >
    > How can I remove or change the driver info in the XP Home install,
    > while booted up into the XP Pro install, so that I can then boot into
    > XP Home?
    >


    You can't.

    > Alternate solutions like backing up and re-installing need not apply...
    >
    >


    Is it wise to arbitrarily eliminate the only correct solution? You're
    not doing your clients any favors by refusing to fix the problem you've
    created.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, Jul 21, 2006
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  4. R. McCarty Guest

    Most OEM installs copy the "Original" source i386 folder to the hard
    drive. It may not contain Service Packs and may be downstream from
    the existing instance of XP. What you can/might do is:

    0.) VERIFY the i386 folder contains WinNT/WinNT32.Exe which
    identifies the folder as a XP installation folder.
    1.) Make a copy of the i386 (Burn to CD-R)
    2.) Slipstream the latest SP into the i386 folder
    a.) Some OEM disks that already contain a Service Pack, must have
    the existing SP .Inf files removed prior to slipstreaming.
    3.) Download the Floppy disk boot setup
    4.) Boot to Floppies - transfer to i386 modified on CD-R
    5.) Run a Repair or In-Place upgrade over the "ORIGINAL" XP.

    I wouldn't attempt this without imaging the original XP volume/Partition.

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > howdy all,
    >
    > Here's my situation: Replaced a motherboard in a client's system.
    > Existing XP Home installation would not boot even in Safe Mode due to
    > hardware differences.
    >
    > I did a parallel installation of XP Pro from my own disk and got them
    > running so they could access their data, but this copy is not activated
    > and I need to get their original legal copy of XP Home working again.
    > The only "Windows" CD they have is an OEM restore disk that replaces
    > the entire partition.
    >
    > Here's the million dollar question, and you guys are my Phone A Friend
    > lifeline...
    >
    > How can I remove or change the driver info in the XP Home install,
    > while booted up into the XP Pro install, so that I can then boot into
    > XP Home?
    >
    > Alternate solutions like backing up and re-installing need not apply...
    >
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help,
    >
    > Jim P.
    > Computing Solutions
    >
     
    R. McCarty, Jul 21, 2006
    #4
  5. Og Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > howdy all,
    >
    > Here's my situation: Replaced a motherboard in a client's system.
    > Existing XP Home installation would not boot even in Safe Mode due to
    > hardware differences.
    >
    > I did a parallel installation of XP Pro from my own disk and got them
    > running so they could access their data, but this copy is not activated
    > and I need to get their original legal copy of XP Home working again.
    > The only "Windows" CD they have is an OEM restore disk that replaces
    > the entire partition.
    >
    > Here's the million dollar question, and you guys are my Phone A Friend
    > lifeline...
    >
    > How can I remove or change the driver info in the XP Home install,
    > while booted up into the XP Pro install, so that I can then boot into
    > XP Home?
    >
    > Alternate solutions like backing up and re-installing need not apply...
    >
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help,
    >
    > Jim P.
    > Computing Solutions
    >

    If they only have "an OEM restore disk", it may be BIOS locked so, unless
    the new MoBo has exactly the same BIOS as the old MoBo, the restore disk is
    nothing more than a coaster.
    Steve
     
    Og, Jul 21, 2006
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  6. kurttrail Guest

    wrote:

    > howdy all,
    >
    > Here's my situation: Replaced a motherboard in a client's system.
    > Existing XP Home installation would not boot even in Safe Mode due to
    > hardware differences.
    >
    > I did a parallel installation of XP Pro from my own disk and got them
    > running so they could access their data, but this copy is not
    > activated and I need to get their original legal copy of XP Home
    > working again. The only "Windows" CD they have is an OEM restore disk
    > that replaces the entire partition.
    >
    > Here's the million dollar question, and you guys are my Phone A Friend
    > lifeline...
    >
    > How can I remove or change the driver info in the XP Home install,
    > while booted up into the XP Pro install, so that I can then boot into
    > XP Home?
    >
    > Alternate solutions like backing up and re-installing need not
    > apply...
    >
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help,
    >
    > Jim P.
    > Computing Solutions


    Use a generic OEM install disk, use the PK that came with the computer,
    and do a repair install.

    Phone for activation.

    --
    Peace!
    Kurt Kirsch
    Self-anointed Moderator
    http://microscum.com
    "It'll soon shake your Windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin'."
     
    kurttrail, Jul 21, 2006
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