Operating System Not Present


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Guest

Hello,

I made an attempt to transfer my desktop pc to a laptop by doing a complete
back up via Nero 7 and restoring to the laptop (by rotating 13 cdrw's). The
restoration process appeared to be a success until reboot when I received the
message 'operating system not present'. Is there a way to get XP Pro to boot
on the laptop, when all I have available is the old working system on my old
desktop pc ? (For example, can I create a 'master boot disk' from XP Pro ?).

Many thanks.
 
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philo

axb1 said:
Hello,

I made an attempt to transfer my desktop pc to a laptop by doing a
complete
back up via Nero 7 and restoring to the laptop (by rotating 13 cdrw's).
The
restoration process appeared to be a success until reboot when I received
the
message 'operating system not present'. Is there a way to get XP Pro to
boot
on the laptop, when all I have available is the old working system on my
old
desktop pc ? (For example, can I create a 'master boot disk' from XP Pro
?).

Many thanks.

boot from your xp cd
and from the recovery console try these two commands

fixboot

fixmbr
 
J

Jon

axb1 said:
Hello,

I made an attempt to transfer my desktop pc to a laptop by doing a
complete
back up via Nero 7 and restoring to the laptop (by rotating 13 cdrw's).
The
restoration process appeared to be a success until reboot when I received
the
message 'operating system not present'. Is there a way to get XP Pro to
boot
on the laptop, when all I have available is the old working system on my
old
desktop pc ? (For example, can I create a 'master boot disk' from XP Pro
?).

Many thanks.

Hunt around on the pc for an "i386" folder, containing all the installation
files (it may, or may not be there). You may be able to do something with
that.

Jon
 
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Bruce Chambers

axb1 said:
Hello,

I made an attempt to transfer my desktop pc to a laptop by doing a complete
back up via Nero 7 and restoring to the laptop (by rotating 13 cdrw's). The
restoration process appeared to be a success until reboot when I received the
message 'operating system not present'. Is there a way to get XP Pro to boot
on the laptop, when all I have available is the old working system on my old
desktop pc ? (For example, can I create a 'master boot disk' from XP Pro ?).

Many thanks.

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.


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