Thanks guys...I believe I did follow...line by line...the following instructions ( How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
) starting at XP Repair install
as recommended by the Install, Upgrade and Activate social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/.
Win 7 install did not exist at that time...so no detaching the Windows 7 HHD
Booted thru bios to DVD with my retail XP Pro SP2 DVD
Choose start Windows Setup...NOT repair install
Selected only XP system in system...and hit "R"
Did not press anything at first install reboot
System rebooted...but only would go to "Safe Mode" finally got to regular startup...almost but everything was then gone ?
Very little help from MS...so where did I go wrong ?
As above...I have three cloned drives from the original install...but that would mean removing new motherboard/cpu/memory and reinstalling old system ?
Lots of time if it's not going to work ?
Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass
I agree with gregrocker. If he had done the process correctly, he would not have lost his programs. I have done it several times and it seems to work well.
You can often start an XP HD on new hardware by running a Repair install from booted XP CD to adjust to the new hardware.
If you Repair Intall XP while Windows 7 is plugged in, you will lose the ability to boot Windows 7 until you add it back with EasyBCD. Better to unplug Windows 7 HD so that after XP is repaired, you can plug it back in and boot either from BIOS shortcut key for Boot Menu.
Remember that a Repair install in XP is not the first "R" offered for Repair. You have to continue with XP setup until it discovers the installation and then choose "R" for Repair. If you do this, it will save all ofyour programs, files and settings in place while reinstalling the OS and acclimating the new hardware.