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Can I reuse my HDD & OS from my old computer?

by carracr625 / February 21, 2010 11:30 AM PST

A few months ago my 5 yr old HP desktop stopped working. I believe it's just the power supply. I have 2 other computers, so I wasn't in any hurry to do anything about it. Now my girlfriend has started back to school & needs to use the programs on the desktop. I figured I could just pick up a new psu to get it up & running again, but... I was curious... if I build a whole new system with updated components... would it be possible to remove the HDD from the old pc & use it in the new system? Obviously the point of this being the ability to use the OS & multiple other programs that I had on this system.

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(NT) No
by Jimmy Greystone / February 21, 2010 12:30 PM PST
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Not if Windows XP or newer
by Steven Haninger / February 21, 2010 8:02 PM PST

It will refuse to boot up. This is part of it's piracy prevention scheme. Depending on which version of XP you have, however, you might be able to do a repair installation but this would require the OS to be a retail purchased product and cannot be an OEM from a builder...example...any name brand, Dell, Gateway, etc. These won't work.

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Another answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2010 9:46 PM PST
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(NT) Thanks for your help.
by carracr625 / February 23, 2010 6:46 AM PST
In reply to: Another answer.
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