you cannot install windows with the drive in one machine then place the drive into another machine and expect it to boot....XP DOES NOT work that way...it relies too much on the hardware profile it's installed on (you used to be able to do this with windows 98 and below...but not with XP)
IF you were to attempt to do this you COULD try installing XP on the drive while it's in the one machine....then when you put the drive back in the other machine boot directly to the XP disk (before trying to get into windows for the first time) and preform a repair installation of windows on that first boot...this MIGHT get windows to function correctly as it will wipe the drivers from the first installRepair the Windows XP installation.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Make sure that the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is the first priority startup device.
See your computer documentation for information about how to do this.
- Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
- When the instruction to "Press any key to boot from CD" appears, press a key. Your computer starts from the Windows XP CD.
- When the computer starts from the CD, the system verifies your hardware, and then prompts you to select one of the following options:
- To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER
- To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
- To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
- Press ENTER.
- Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement.
- A box lists your current Windows XP installation, and then the computer prompts you to select one of the following options:
- To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R.
- To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC.
- Press R.
You'll get to keep your existing apps & settings, but you need to re-install SP2, Windows Updates & any unsigned drivers afterwards.NOTE: Be aware that you'll lose any protection from Blaster / Sasser type worms. Don't go online without a firewall, whether the built in Windows one or 3rd party.How to Perform A Re-Install Of XP