Replacing 2000 with XP by swapping drives

  Mark3Eric 21:07 20 Jun 2007

My son's computer (XP) has just died. I have replaced it with a system currently running Windows 2000 professional. Unfortunately this does not mee his requirements (no Windows media and other multimedia applications). The hard drive in his old system is OK and I was wondering if I could swap the hardrives over to run off XP. The main problem I can envisage would be motherboard drivers not being present.
Is it OK to do this swap or am I inviting a potential disaster and further expenditure?

Any suggestions most welcome.

  woodchip 21:10 20 Jun 2007

No it will not work, as Drivers and Hardware are Different, But you may be able to get it working if you have a full XP cd and the Win key. By starting comp with XP cd and doing a Repair

  Mark3Eric 21:32 20 Jun 2007

Thanks for the advice I'll try that tomorrow as I do have the CD and key code.


  Mark3Eric 21:33 20 Jun 2007

Thanks for the advice I'll try that tomorrow as I do have the CD and key code.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:16 20 Jun 2007

Drivers to disable BEFORE changing motherboard
click here

  jz 00:09 21 Jun 2007

I once put a hard disk with XP on it in another PC that was completely different. After a bit of chuntering, automatically installing the required drivers, it sorted itself out and worked fine. I'm not saying it always works, or it's a good idea, but it might be worth a try if you don't have the patience or skill to do a proper install.

  Mark3Eric 16:39 22 Jun 2007

Ok, now then..........
Have now tried installing a new copy of XP onto a spare hardrive in place of the one with W2K on it. XP loads but then crashes out stating that P2PS.dll is not a recognised file. Just my luck. Now going to try to install again from another copy of XP.

Well here goes ........................

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