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post #1 of 8
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An older PC start the break but it still works.
It has a hard drive with Windows XP installed .
There is also installed a software (older) that is still used for work, for which the license does not allow more installations. The manufacturer of this software says that additional licenses can not be purchased, but only the new software, which is not compatible with the old version of the data installed on the software (old) on this PC. So to continue to use that software must keep alive this operating system on which it is installed, but the computer is starting to break.
It must replace the PC, as various components integrated on the motherboard you have already broken, and therefore is not reliable, as well as being too old and slow.

I think the only solution is to keep alive this hard drive with this Windows XP installed, and the aforementioned software. But I do not know how you can take it's another PC.

What could be done in this case?
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post #2 of 8
First:
Win XP is no longer supported by Microsoft - there have not been any security updates for that operating system for over two years. I would be very concerned about connecting any computer running Win XP to the internet or to any network where there are computers that could be infected by a virus.

Second:
If you replace the motherboard Windows XP will stop being activated and your installation Key will no longer work. In these cases, usually, you can call Microsoft Tech Support on the phone, explain the situation, and they will issue a new key to you. But if this was a pre-built computer with an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) copy of Win XP that is less likely to work. You can try though.

The best thing you can do is to buy a new computer and the new software and start using that. Perhaps you can find (Google?) someone that has ported over the old version of the software to a new OS that will help you.

Then take the old computer and physically isolate it from any other computer and the internet:
Remover any network card and/or disable all networking.
Remove any WiFi cards and or disable all wireless connections.
Remove any floppy drives.
Remove any optical drives.
Remove or disable any USB ports.
That way it will not be able to spread any virus or malware to other computers you own.

Good luck!
Edited by billbartuska - 7/27/16 at 5:27am
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post #3 of 8
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If I do not care of security problems using this xp only for this software, and if the license key work on another pc, can I migrate this drive as is it on another pc, with this hard disk or with any kind of backup/clone or similar things?
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post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoboX View Post

can I migrate this drive as is it on another pc, with this hard disk or with any kind of backup/clone or similar things?
Yes, You can put the drive in another PC or clone the drive to a drive in any other PC. But the problem will be that if the software has made any changes to the original computer that it needs to run itself, for example registry changes, it may not run on the new computer. And you will still have all the security issues I outlined above even if it does run.

The best suggestion I can make is to try it and see if it works.
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post #5 of 8
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Ok thanks. Wath is the best way to do it?

Can I use a kind of clone/backup more adaptive to the new hardware? Because I think that a normal clone of the drive is the same that putting the hard disk directly to the another pc, with all the related problems like incompatibility of the windows xp installed on this drive with the new hardware (no boot, freeze, bsod ecc...)
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post #6 of 8
You said you thought your motherboard was failing. Now do you also think that your hard drive is failing too?

You can keep asking questions and I'll keep trying to answer them, but you don't seem to know what's going on.

Why don't you just try putting the drive into another computer that has XP on it and see what happens. Then we can work on that if it doesn't work.
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post #7 of 8
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The hard disk have not problem, but the motherboard have a ram slot and the integrated vga fail. If I put now the hd on another pc I dont know if break the SO
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post #8 of 8
If the new computer has a different model motherboard or a different brand of motherboard your key may not work. You may not be able to activate your Windows XP installation.

If that happens you'll have to call Microsoft tech support, tell them what you did and why you did it and they will most likely issue you a new Windows XP key. The chance of that happening though is less if your XP is an OEM version instead if a full install version.
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