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aaaahh pullin out my hair... pls help.

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I'm Dave. Thanx for the attention. I gotta 80 gb HDD that has a fresh copy of XP, k? I take it to the PC in which it lives because if I had tried to install windows on the PC in which it lives It'd just get to aboot "WINDOWS IS CHECKING TO SEE IF THERES ANY WAY IT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE A MISERABLE LIVING HECK IN WHICH TO RESIDE" so the other PC runs right thru setup and I have more hair..... and I get:


Now....... if I take it back to the original pc, it won't even axe for the CD, it'll just boot windows. I'm close to bald, I'm mad already and I cannot take it any more....

Any suggestions? ...Mad, like nutso, bonkers or cuckoo's nest... here's johnny!

thx.. Dave
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You've just discovered one of XP's BIG differences compared to earlier, more tolerant versions of Windows. You cannot install it on one PC, then put the drive in a different PC and expect it to work on that one. No way, Jose. And It's got nothing to do with the much loved Product Activation.
Even a corporate version of XP (which doesn't need activation) won't work if you shift the disk to a different PC.

You might get away with creating a disk-image and transferring the image to the other PC (but don't forget it's illegal to have two copies installed at the same time with a single-user licence), but even that is not guaranteed to work.
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