Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:06 AM
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:18 AM
1) Is this computer EXACTLY like the one you took the hard drive out of? If not, there's probably an issue.
2) Even if the computer's exactly the same, it could cause problems like this.
3) It's always best to load any operating system clean on a new harddrive install.
4) The registry may be corrupt.
5) Did you try the hard drive in the old computer?
6) Had this computer ever had an OS on it? If so what was it? 95, 98, 2K, 3.x?
7) How much memory does the computer have?
I could go on, but you get the point.
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:23 AM
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:31 AM
The only way this ever works that I know of is to remove the drive, put it in another machine, and run a repair process using a windows CD, BEFORE you boot to the OS the first time....
Now, your chances of restoring this installation are pretty slim, I think.
Your best, easiest bet is probably dropping the drive into another XP PC and copying your data, then wiping the disk and starting over.
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:36 AM
Another thought, no clue if it would work, is creating a Bart's PE disk with an external registry editor and blowing away the hardware enumeration key (if possible), then trying reboot to see if it will detect and install new hardware....but I don't have a clue if this is possible.
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