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From reading something else I saw here, I'm guessing I can't just take an 80GB SATA HD from my Dell computer and slap it into my new System (different except for RAM, HDD and optical drives), can I? Dont know why, but I just figured I could slap it in the new PC and windows would figure out the CPU and mobo were different (or install drivers that came with both) and upgrade the drivers.

Will I need a new copy of XP and have to backup and reinstall everything? Any recommendations on this? Can I do so without buying a 2nd HD? Thanks.
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You can move the drive over just fine. You may have to reactivate, or in the worst case scenario, reinstall windows though.
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if the mb is the same in both machines then you may be able to just swap it over fine. i would plug it in, boot up and see if you get any issues. make sure to check in device manager for any driver issues.
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If i am understanding what you just said, you put your old HD in a new system, then YES you have to reinstall.

and YES you will need a new copy of the OS as it states "major changes" will need a new OS, change of MOBO and CPU is a "MAJOR CHANGE".

therefore you need to go get an OS and install it
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If i am understanding what you just said, you put your old HD in a new system, then YES you have to reinstall.

and YES you will need a new copy of the OS as it states "major changes" will need a new OS, change of MOBO and CPU is a "MAJOR CHANGE".

therefore you need to go get an OS and install it
Just because someone wrote it down on a piece of paper that doesn't make it true.

I've moved installations between completely different generations of computers (going from P4 to P2) and it didn't even ask for reactivation. But other times it did. And other times it just constantly BSODd so it needed to be reinstalled.

You really can't tell until you try.
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Oh, no the motherboard is different. Also the computer is straight from Dell, so they did not give me a copy of XP, just a recovery disc which I "may" not be able to find (4yr old comp and 3+ moves). My old system is below, all pieces without detailed describs are Dell products.

New system is: Intel Core-Duo E8400, Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L LGA (similar to GA-P35-DS3L, but energy saving features and its the replacement), same RAM and DVD drives, Rosewill 550W PSU, eVGA geforce 8800GT.

Either way I can get a new OS for free (MSNAA), but it will be a hassle to reinstall.
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post #7 of 10
if you are changing the mb then you will need to reinstall. there is a chance you could get away without reinstalling windows but it would most likely be more pain than its worth.

and yes, technically if you are moving the hard drive to another computer you should be using a new activation key for it.
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and yes, technically if you are moving the hard drive to another computer you should be using a new activation key for it.
Only if its an OEM version.

edit: nvm, it IS an oem version
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edited for you saw it was an OEM version
Edited by this n00b again - 6/24/08 at 6:08am
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According to the Microsoft agreement, you are not to Install Multiple copies of the Same OS (OEM, which in this case, it is) using the Same Key.

encouraging/assisting in piracy is forbidden by TOS as seen here:
http://www.overclock.net/view.php?pg=rulestos

as the first topic of General Memembership
MOVING an installation to another computer is NOT installing multiple copies. Last time I checked, moving something still leaves you with one copy.

In addition, the way you wrote your earlier post it looked like you were talking about the actual code itself, if it would bug out on another system or not. Microsoft DOES say that you can't move windows because it won't work, but its not always true.

And only after my last post did i see that it was an OEM version, it wasn't specified in the original post. So EXCUSE ME.
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