General discussion

Quick Question - Urgent Reply Needed Please

Hi I have two computers, each with one hard drive. Computer A has XP Pro, computer B has XP Media Center edition. If I take out Computer A's hard drive and put it into Computer B (so Computer B has two hard drives), will Computer B give me an option to select which operating system I want when I start it?

And one more question (different situation). If I take out Computer B's hard drive and put in Computer A's hard drive into Computer B, there shouldn't be any problems, right? For example, when I start Computer B (which would now have the XP Pro hard drive), it should boot up fine into XP, correct?

I would really appreciate a fast reply as this is quite urgent. Thank you.

Discussion is locked
Follow
Reply to: Quick Question - Urgent Reply Needed Please
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: Quick Question - Urgent Reply Needed Please
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Comments
- Collapse -
No and No

No, you won't get an option to pick which Windows, and no you cannot move Windows from computer to computer like that. It's against the license agreement, you'll run into activation issues, and also driver issues.

- Collapse -
Better way?

Ok so what would be the best way to transfer all my data (programs, files, etc) from Computer A to Computer B?

- Collapse -
That's easy.

Files or data are moved with media, over a network, etc. Many choices. Programs since about 1995 are made to fail when moved. So COPY!!! your files then install the apps.
Bob

- Collapse -
Also

Also, in addition to what Bob said, stop thinking in terms of there only being one best way to do something. There are a multitude of options, and depending on the circumstances, some may be better than others, but you're likely to have several that are essentially equal.

Not to mention what is "best" is almost always a purely subjective measure. What I consider best might be completely different from what you or Bob considers best.

CNET Forums

Forum Info