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Re-Installing XP Professional Question


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My friend recently has been having problems with his computer (viruses, malware, etc) so I offered to take his harddrive back to my house and reinstall XP Professional on his system. I plugged his drive into an ESATA card I have on my motherboard and have backed up all his essential data. Now, I plan to boot to the drive and pop in my XP install disc and format the drive and re-install. But since I'm installing XP on MY hardware, will the installation not function properly when I plug it back into his computer?
If there is a way around this problem, any solutions would be great.
Thanks in advance.
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You can wipe the drive from your computer but you can only use Setup on the machine you install it to because of the differing hardware configurations.
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And theres is no way around this?
Backing up drivers?
Thanks
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That is the best and easiest way. Using your computer would load drivers for yours. You would have to then do a repair install and you are then asking for more trouble.

It would save a lot of hassles using his computer.
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