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how to take a working hd with windows xp and boot it in another pc?

I have a perfectly working computer and I want to clone its hd and use it on another pc.

I have tried with clonezilla and easeus without any luck.

I have on the original a sata disk and I can copy it to a sata or pata disk.
Unfortunately I have to use it on a pc with different motherboard.

What should I do to achieve this weird result?

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
First check the license conditions for the original installation.  If it's retail licence you can do what you like with it, if it's OEM (Provided by the manufacturer) then if you're in the US you can't move it to another machine - it's licenced purely for the motherboard it was installed to (unless you're replacing the motherboard under warranty because it's faulty).  If you're in Europe you can because the EU Courts have now ruled that regulation as unnecessarily restrictive.  So a big part of this answer depends on where you are.*

The second part is that although the rules on what you can do with OEM depend on geography, the restrictions Microsoft build into XP to stop you doing this do not, they'll kick in wherever you are in the world so if you're allowed to do it be prepared to have to call Microsoft in your locality to tell them so and expect a little wriggling from them if they haven't come across these exemptions yet.

Thirdly you need to make sure you have the drivers you need for the new motherboard.  If you're going to use a SATA drive make sure you have the controller drivers for the new board, if possible on a floppy drive but you can also integrate them onto an installation CD using software called nlite.

With all that done put the drive into the new machine, then run a repair re-installation of XP using the installation disk from your original XP install.  If your CD doesn't have XP SP3 on it and your hard drive has then first download the SP3 upgrade package from Microsoft and it's back to nlite to make an XP SP3 CD with the SATA driver on it (it's generally a good idea to make this anyway in case you want to reinstall/repair again in the future rather than reimage)

That should leave you with a working version off XP SP3 running on the new PC.  If you need to activate and it's a retail version enter the key that came with the package.  If it's OEM you'll need to phone Microsoft for online activation over the telephone. Use the local number for your country.

*Europe is the biggest exception and includes EU countries only at present
nobusbiljart fanCommented:
given you're allowed as told above, you can use Paragon's software to move it over to other hardware : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/solutions/migration.html?id=0002
I'm going to assume you can legally do this transfer.

The biggest hurdle I've seen on things like this is the hard drive controller. If you're moving from an older system to a newer one, your hard drive controller might need to be taken off AHCI mode and switched to SATA or ATA or legacy, depending on how your BIOS describes it. If the controller is in the wrong mode, you'll be treated with an endless loop of blue screen reboots. I've never found a reliable way to move Windows between AHCI and non-AHCI, even on identical hardware.

Once you get past that, your best bet is to boot into safe mode and identify what hardware needs drivers.
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nobusbiljart fanCommented:
ltpitt - please return and tell us how it is going - do you need more help?
ltpittAuthor Commented:
Hi there!

Sorry but I was on holiday for two weeks.

I've tried Paragorn software and repair installation, cloned the disk at least 4 times to perform always a try from "scratch": no luck.

The best I've obtained was a sluggish and not working machine.

Sorry for the delay :)
nobusbiljart fanCommented:
well - it would help if you told us what are the specs of the old and new system
you must realise that a pc from the xp era is +10 years old = about a millennium for normal people.
and a new system may not have XP drivers
ltpittAuthor Commented:
Tomorrow I'll be back at work (as I mentioned before I've been on holidays) and I'll see if my colleague solved the problem or simply formatted it away.

Thanks for now :)
ltpittAuthor Commented:
Sad to say that the problem has been "solved" formatting.

Thanks to anybody anyway.
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