Could someone give me a little bit of help please

Found 10th Jun 2009
If i was to purchase for example this computer here... pcworld.co.uk/mar…jsp[email protected]@@@[email protected]@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfcadehhghddffcflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=140749&category_oid=-35614

It has windows vista on it, could i just change the hard drives and boot up my windows xp and install drivers? Would thwt work, someone let me know please. Thanks.

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you dont even have to change the hard drive...

Make another partition on the current drive, install XP on it and do a dual boot!

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nuabdi;5452284

you dont even have to change the hard drive...Make another partition on … you dont even have to change the hard drive...Make another partition on the current drive, install XP on it and do a dual boot!



yeah i heard about that :thumbsup:

would that work though then mate?

just google dual boot vista xp

heres a guide: apcmag.com/the…htm

Edbug;5452296

yeah i heard about that :thumbsup:would that work though then mate?



the question is rather what makes you think it wont work?

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nuabdi;5452297

just google dual boot vista xpheres a guide: … just google dual boot vista xpheres a guide: http://apcmag.com/the_definitive_dualbooting_guide_linux_vista_and_xp_stepbystep.htm



Thanking you, am gonna try and get a new pc asap now, will it be easy to sort out drivers?

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I think you may be missing the point the OP made.... he/she, as I read it, wants to put his/her old hard disk with XP in it, in the new machine.

Which almost certainly will not work without at the very least a reinstall over the top - and possibly a reformat first, which would defeat the purpose.

the new computer wont boot up your old hard drive with windows XP on it.. it wil recognize a new Motherboard and just fail. haven't checked your new computer out but I reckon it will be a different type of hard drive anyway

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What about as slave hard drive, would that work if it was compatible, it is sata so it should be?

vibeone;5452319

I think you may be missing the point the OP made.... he/she, as I read … I think you may be missing the point the OP made.... he/she, as I read it, wants to put his/her old hard disk with XP in it, in the new machine.Which almost certainly will not work without at the very least a reinstall over the top - and possibly a reformat first, which would defeat the purpose.



no... im not missing the point, Im giving him the easier way of doing it without having to worry about basic compatibility, especially the mobo

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nuabdi;5452356

no... im not missing the point, Im giving him the easier way of doing it … no... im not missing the point, Im giving him the easier way of doing it without having to worry about basic compatibility, especially the mobo


Well ok, you assumed they want to swap because they want XP. I assumed they wanted to swap in order to keep their data.

Edbug;5452316

Thanking you, am gonna try and get a new pc asap now, will it be easy to … Thanking you, am gonna try and get a new pc asap now, will it be easy to sort out drivers?



you can tray installing XP on a virtual drive first to see if thereare drivers problems

i personally think XP wont have problem. I often install reinstall OS and the net help me find drivers how old/difficult it may be. If its not the manufacturer support sites, general freeware sites like softpedia.com could also be very helpful

Captain Hook;5452323

the new computer wont boot up your old hard drive with windows XP on it.. … the new computer wont boot up your old hard drive with windows XP on it.. it wil recognize a new Motherboard and just fail. haven't checked your new computer out but I reckon it will be a different type of hard drive anyway



Your talking complete rubbish. You can swap HDD's around without a problem.

If its sata connections and your old HDD was sata then it would work fine, same for IDE Connections.

What you say about the new motherboard and it failing is a load of rubbish.

vibeone;5452384

Well ok, you assumed they want to swap because they want XP. I assumed … Well ok, you assumed they want to swap because they want XP. I assumed they wanted to swap in order to keep their data.



OK :thumbsup:

although even for this reason, its better for OP if he treat his old drive as second/ non-OS drive

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the__mayster;5452405

Your talking complete rubbish. You can swap HDD's around without a … Your talking complete rubbish. You can swap HDD's around without a problem.If its sata connections and your old HDD was sata then it would work fine, same for IDE Connections. What you say about the new motherboard and it failing is a load of rubbish.


captain hook is right. you cant just put a different hdd in with a different OS and expect the new OS to boot up :whistling:

csiman;5452432

captain hook is right. you cant just put a different hdd in with a … captain hook is right. you cant just put a different hdd in with a different OS and expect the new OS to boot up :whistling:



For what reasons?

How do then, for example, using caddies in college etc for technical lessons, work?

@hook,mayster and csiman

Surely the point here is not whether it will work or fail but that the OP wants a guaranteed success which is not possible without a lot more detail and the range of success or failure is quite astounding when this is attempted.
I personally have seen a case where this was done and the old os trashed both drives yet 50% of the time actually windows xp can achieve this wo major problems

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You can use Acronis True Image Universal Restore if you want... is it worth the hassle? No.

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nuabdi;5452411

OK :thumbsup:although even for this reason, its better for OP if he treat … OK :thumbsup:although even for this reason, its better for OP if he treat his old drive as second/ non-OS drive


I agree... as I said, it would completely defeat the purpose of buying a new computer otherwise!

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the__mayster;5452405

Your talking complete rubbish. You can swap HDD's around without a … Your talking complete rubbish. You can swap HDD's around without a problem.If its sata connections and your old HDD was sata then it would work fine, same for IDE Connections. What you say about the new motherboard and it failing is a load of rubbish.


No he is not talking rubbish, you are.

1) XP does not like switching motherboards, and 9.9 times out of 10 it will bluescreen on start - you can reinstall of course, but this thread it about a straight swap

2) An old computer vs a new computer could well be a IDE vs SATA situation and the old IDE hard disk may not fit on the newer sata only motherboard.

Engage brain before posting.

vibeone;5452545

No he is not talking rubbish, you are.1) XP does not like switching … No he is not talking rubbish, you are.1) XP does not like switching motherboards, and 9.9 times out of 10 it will bluescreen on start - you can reinstall of course, but this thread it about a straight swap2) An old computer vs a new computer could well be a IDE vs SATA situation and the old IDE hard disk may not fit on the newer sata only motherboard.Engage brain before posting.



lol OP already said it's a sata drive..

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maddogb;5452570

lol OP already said it's a sata drive..


Yeah just seen the post - but he also mentions slaves, and while master/slave still exists in sata, it doesn't really have any ramifications for installation anymore as far as I'm aware?

By the way, I agree with your earlier post - this thread was finished a while ago - the answer is no, its not guaranteed to work as the OP wants.

maddogb;5452570

lol OP already said it's a sata drive..



To be fair the OP didn't mention it was a SATA drive until after my post
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