As many people know by now, XP does not like it when significant hardware changes take place in a machine. If you have every tried swapping a motherboard or moving a hard drive from one computer to another you have probably seen the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). To move a Hard Drive with XP installed and fully intact you need to do the following.
This trick will work even if you are changing processors – Intel to AMD – you just need to follow one extra step if this is the case. This is a great trick to quickly move an entire system installed on Hard Drive to a new machine.
¬† On the old machine start windows and edit the REGISTRY¬† (Start, then Run - regedit).
¬† In the registry navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG > SYSTEM > CURRENTCONTROLSET > ENUM
Now Delete the entire ENUM registry key.
¬† Shut Down this Computer.
Transfer Hard Drive to New computer and then turn on.¬† The new computer will reboot a few times until it rebuilds the registry on the new machine.
¬† If you cannot get it to boot (You see Blue Screen of Death) and you have switched from an Intel Processor to AMD you will need to do the following.
(Do these extra steps only if you are getting BSOD caused by switching from INTEL to AMD).¬† Boot into Safe Mode.¬† Edit the registry again and this time go to.¬† Locate and then click the following registry key:
- In the right pane, right-click the Start entry, and then click Modify.
- In the Value data box, type 4, and then click OK.
- Exit Registry Editor.
- Restart your computer.
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