After purchasing a new Dell with XP installed, the hard drive on the kid's comp. died. We purchased a new larger hard drive for the new Dell which went in well. I put the Dell's 80 gig Hard drive into the kids sysytem. Now XP wants to be reactivated as the hardware has changed. I tried to install my original version of XP, the one the kid's comp. ran on, but XP will not let me install the older version over the newer one. Is there a way to get the system up and running by installing my original version of XP without buying a new copy of XP?
Also I made the 6 disc start-up program for XP but it asks me for an administrator's password. It will not take my windows password, and ideeas.
Lastly the system will not boot from a CD, I've changed the bios to boot from the cd first but it just doesn't boot.
Thanks for any help anyone may be.....