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  • My grandfather lives about 10 hours away.  He was having computer problems and didn't want to bother anyone about it.  He went into the local computer shop and they talked him into buying a used computer from them.  They gave him his old computer system hard drive, which was an HP system.  His newly acquired computer is pretty outdated already.  I have a Dell computer sitting here that I want to give to him.  When he bought the used computer, they didn't install everything he needed to be up and running like he was before.  This is due to settings and programs that he had previously.  I want to drop his old system hard drive into the Dell computer, but I typically work on OSX stuff these days.  I have tried several different things now, but nothing seems to do the trick.  I have been able to clone the drive to SATA form, from IDE connection.

    I assume that the issue I am having is how the system drive has the hardware ID configured.  Is there a way to strip those off and boot installing new ones for the Dell?  If so, how is this done?

    The sooner I can get this done, the sooner he can get back to where he was previously in his computer experience.

    Thank you!

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:33 PM

Answers

  • The original HP OEM Windows license is permanently tied to the original HP computer.  It cannot be transferred to a Dell or any other computer.

    Carey Frisch

    • Proposed as answer by Rick Dee Monday, October 14, 2013 4:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharmaModerator Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:13 PM
    Saturday, October 12, 2013 3:32 PM
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  • The HP system drive with Windows XP will not run on a Dell computer for 2 reasons:

    1.  The system is BIOS locked to HP's BIOS.

    2.  The systems drive are probably significantly different and will prevent the system from booting up.

    There are probably more reasons, but these are the 2 most significant.

    It would be must quicker and easier to just do a clean install of Windows XP on the Dell system.


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    • Proposed as answer by Rick Dee Monday, October 14, 2013 4:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharmaModerator Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:13 PM
    Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:12 AM
  • It's a violation of Microsoft's and HP's EULA to put the drive into machine that is not the same as the original.  To hammer that home M$ OS's are set to BSD when they see a different motherboard chip set.  You can just call Dell and order the OS disk for the machine you have and then start from scratch.  About $20 if I remember correctly.  When done move his data over.

    Better yet just get him a iMac.  For years I had been hounding my Dad to dump M$ and get a Mac.  When he finally broke down and got one (he was tired of spend several hundred a year on "fixes") he told me that he wished he had done it years ago.

    Monday, October 14, 2013 3:46 PM

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  • Hi,

    You might need to access the CMOS to enable IDE / SATA mode. Otherwise the disk will not be able to initialize.


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    • Proposed as answer by Soh.M Friday, October 11, 2013 2:22 AM
    Friday, October 11, 2013 2:22 AM
  • The original HP OEM Windows license is permanently tied to the original HP computer.  It cannot be transferred to a Dell or any other computer.

    Carey Frisch

    • Proposed as answer by Rick Dee Monday, October 14, 2013 4:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharmaModerator Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:13 PM
    Saturday, October 12, 2013 3:32 PM
    Moderator
  • The HP system drive with Windows XP will not run on a Dell computer for 2 reasons:

    1.  The system is BIOS locked to HP's BIOS.

    2.  The systems drive are probably significantly different and will prevent the system from booting up.

    There are probably more reasons, but these are the 2 most significant.

    It would be must quicker and easier to just do a clean install of Windows XP on the Dell system.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    • Proposed as answer by Rick Dee Monday, October 14, 2013 4:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharmaModerator Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:13 PM
    Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:12 AM
  • Hi,

    You might need to access the CMOS to enable IDE / SATA mode. Otherwise the disk will not be able to initialize.


    Guowen Su

    How can you propose your response as an answer when it misses the mark completely?
    Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:36 PM
  • It's a violation of Microsoft's and HP's EULA to put the drive into machine that is not the same as the original.  To hammer that home M$ OS's are set to BSD when they see a different motherboard chip set.  You can just call Dell and order the OS disk for the machine you have and then start from scratch.  About $20 if I remember correctly.  When done move his data over.

    Better yet just get him a iMac.  For years I had been hounding my Dad to dump M$ and get a Mac.  When he finally broke down and got one (he was tired of spend several hundred a year on "fixes") he told me that he wished he had done it years ago.

    Monday, October 14, 2013 3:46 PM