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I have finished building a computer with a MSI Asus P4S8X motherboard and I attached it to first a Maxtor 120 GB hard drive and a older Western Digital hard drive. Both hard drives has Windows XP Professional previously installed into it. After connecting it all up, when I go to boot up the machine, it sees the hard drive in the bios, and then goes to that set up screen where it prompts you that something is wrong and gives you the option to boot in safe mode. No matter what choice I make, it eventually restarts the computer. Sometimes a blue screen comes up but it flickers too fast for me to read it. Even though it sounds like a software issue, but I'm pretty sure that there is something in the hardware or maybe some driver I haven't installed that is causing this. Is there any way besides deleting all the data of  my hard drives that would allow this computer to boot?

Thanks for your time
Kay

And both of these hard drives worked on other computers: I just transplanted one from an old dell desktop I was using to this machine with no avail
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When you change motherboards, you are altering the Hardware Abstraction Layer.  A repair install is usually needed: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm 
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That makes sense, but when I hit "R" for the Recovery console it takes me to something that resembles dos. What is the command to do this repair install?
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Did you follow the instructions?  It says explicitly NOT to enter the recovery console.
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My sister is actually doing this right now, and I'm guiding her: she just told me what you said just now; still waiting to see if everything went well.
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Microsoft is generally alot harder to read, but here is the MS way:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;nl;314070
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Thanks, my sister got it working. Didn't realize it was that simple.
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Great to hear!
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