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Windows 7: Adding a Windows XP HDD to Windows 7 HTPC?

17 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Steve Ballmer Edition
Adding a Windows XP HDD to Windows 7 HTPC?

My father has an old slow IBM P4 Socket 478. It's old and slow, but he has some programs installed that he doesn't want to lose, but doesn't have the original CD for anymore. (Notebook Software by SMART technologies)

Our HTPC is significantly more modern and much quicker. It uses a 9800GT 1GB for our 65" DLP RPTV.

Could I just remove the HDD from the IBM and add it to the Windows 7 HTPC? Is it relatively easy to get his programs to work? I have NO interest in dual booting. (The HTPC does have 1 PATA/IDE connector) I also own a IDE to USB adapter. I could just copy the files from the HDD that way if that would work? But I figured it would need to actually be installed, and not just be copied, which I can't re-install without the disc. (Which I don't have.)

Is it possible to do this?

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17 Oct 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Hondajt.

Installed programs/apps cannot be moved to another PC, they will have to be reinstalled.
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17 Oct 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


If you can plug in the XP HD try running a XP Repair install which is required to move XP to different hardware: Repair Windows XP - How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP - Part 1 of 2

If XP starts, power down to plug back in the Win7 HD, then start into BIOS setup to set Win7 as first to boot again. If you need to boot XP again, use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen, or in your Manual which you can read at the Support Downloads webpage for your computer.

If XP is unable to boot on the new machine it is likely because of the SATA controller setting in BIOS which cannot be changed or Win7 will not boot. But in that case you should be able to browse into the XP CD from Win7 to copy over files if that's what you want. You could also do that over the network.
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