has anyone tried this?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Flagg, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. Flagg

    Flagg Guest

    a friend of mine asked if he could take his hard drive from an old computer
    and put it in a new computer (replacing the existing one)
    the old hard drive has windows 98 on it and he wants to use that operating
    system on his new computer, i told him windows xp was better, but he still
    wants to know if he can do it... i told him i didnt know as i have never
    tried but would try to find out...so here i am has anyone tried that??
    Flagg, Nov 17, 2003
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    Bob H Guest

    Yes, and it worked fine after loading what it needed: he will have to have
    the source disk handy.
    There may be some drivers he'll have to add after the adaptation.
    Bob H, Nov 17, 2003
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    Thor Guest

    It's a gamble. Sometimes Win9x can recover and load up, merely requesting
    new drivers for some devices, and other times it will crash horribly. One of
    the better ways is to delete the "ENUM" key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the
    registry, before removing the drive from the old machine, then shutdown, and
    install the drive in the new machine. That will force a complete redetection
    of the new hardware environment. This works much of the time, but if the
    windows install is a little flakey already, that might not even work. Have
    drivers handy for the new hardware. Chances are that win98 won't recognize
    all of it. Do your best to convince your friend to stay with XP. It's the
    better choice IMHO. Even if he has to run it in "classic" mode to make it
    look like Win98, he can do that.
    Thor, Nov 18, 2003
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