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Windows XP - Change Motherboard CPU and RAM infinite restart

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I change the motherboard/cpu and ram from an Intel motherboard to AMD. The OS is Windows XP Home Edition. I start the computer in safe mode but it doesnt work in normal mode.
I manually removed the hardware in device manager but even then It wont start in normal mode. I Use msconfig and remove all service and startup programs, still the same.

I try using drp to install drivers in safe mode but it doesnt work. I need your help.
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Question by:Orlando Molina
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You need to do fresh install, the hardware change is too big for WinXp
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You might try these:

Enable boot logging so that you can see where the boot is failing.

Use the /SOS and /BASEVIDEO switches in boot.ini to enable real-time logging to the console.  Similar to enabling boot logging.

Confirm that there is no /HAL switch in boot.ini.

If the issue is a driver for the old motherboard, you may need to destroy the INF and PNF files so that Windows doesn't try to load it.

Once you get the system running in normal mode, load the AMD CPU driver for XP.
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by:John Hurst
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XP is dead and you have a new motherboard. Try a newer operating system such as Windows 7 (purchase on eBay) or Windows 10 (purchase from Microsoft.
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Greetings John. The motherboard im using is for the Windows XP specifically. It has DDR3 Ram and use pci bus. Is not a recent board, but is a brand new board.

Dr. Klahn. Where should i go to delete de inf and pnf files?
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If the board is really for XP, it should ask to re-activate but not go in a loop. The board would have to herald from more than 10 years ago to work properly.
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Here are the Motherboard specifications:

http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=536#specification

OS SUPPORT      Support Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
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That has a SATA drive controller and XP does not have SATA drivers.

Go into the BIOS and see if you can set AHCI to Compatibility Mode.
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John,
I had Native IDE as default. Then there are RAID, AHCI, Legacy IDE and IDE ->AHCI.
I used Native IDe, AHCI and IDE->AHCI but everytime it reboots.
It pass the windows start screen but a few seconds later it restart. I can boot using safe mode.
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Have you got the proper XP CD?  You may have to repair the operating system.
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The hard drive has Windows XP Home Edition updated to SP3. Disk is SP1. That's a problem as I dont want to reinstall the XP. I will try any other options you may have before reinstalling. As that is my last resort as there are software install that are custom made and without original installation files.
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An XP Repair will leave your applications intact, but you need the CD to do it.
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I try the CD. I dont get a Repair Option. Just the format quick, ntfs or leave current.
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Check Windows XP documentation about "Leave Current". I think that is the Repair.
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I choose Leave Current then it says Windows directory already exists. I created a new folder so, This will be a brand new installation. I hope it boots and then will see if the problem is fix or I can, at least, copy the programs from the other installation. I let you know of anything. I appreciate all your help! Thank you!!
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In order to to a repair your installation media must be at least SP2 preferably SP3

 Windows XP SP3 download no longer on Microsoft Download and integrate it and create an iso and burn a new disk

Instructions on how to do this are available @ http://www.howtohaven.com/system/slipstream-xp-service-pack-3.shtml
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is tyhe old mobo still running?  then you can make an image of oit without drivers, with the paragon   Adaptive restore :  https://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/adaptiverestore/
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I thank you everyone here for all the help and support. The problem was the hard drive. I had to format the hardrive completedly as even the quick format gave problems. After that the windows xp installed flawlessly and I could install drivers and used it. I lost some programs that were custom but PC still of use.

Thank you again!!!
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Thank you for all your help. I appreciate it.
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Thanks for the update and I am glad you have resolved your issue.
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