I know back when I was working with Windows 9x it wasn't a good idea
because of the possible corruption of drivers and things. Yes, that is
a problem. With that stupid activation code in XP it causes all sorts
of problems like that. It won't run if that ID has changed... I
believe you have to reformat and install everything. It sucks.

On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 10:07:00 -0500, daparnin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
<daparnin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Is anybody aware of any reason why you shouldn't be able to partition,
> format, and install Windows on a hard drive that's in one PC, pull it out
> and stick it into another PC.  It sticks in my mind from about ten years
> ago that was a bad idea due to different BIOS's interpreted the number of
> cylinders, sectors, etc.
> The reason that I ask because my sister-in-law and her husband had drive
> problems in November.  They live in New York and I live in Indiana so I was
> trying to talk them through some things over the phone.  Since they had
> backed up the family photos, to CD they just wanted Windows installed.
> When she decided to come to the midwest for Christmas I told her to bring
> the hard drive and their Windows XP CD.  I stuck it in my father-in-law's
> PC (after disconnecting his drive), blew away the old partition, and
> reinstalled.  Everything worked fine.  She took it home, her husband put it
> back in their case, and it wouldn't boot.  I do know that it's a single
> drive system and the jumper is set correctly on the back of the drive.
> I know that it could be something like an incorrect BIOS setting, bad
> cable, etc.  He seemed eager to go out and buy a new laptop to replace it
> so I didn't pursue it.  We will be going to New York in March to visit them
> so I'll get a chance to see it for myself.  Both their PC and my
> father-in-law's are Dells that are 2-3 years old.
> Dave Parnin
> Nishikawa Standard Company
> Topeka, IN  46571
> daparnin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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