In the last month, I have had to explain to three *hacks*\nhow to get past what I think is a simple problem. These\nguys are either self confessed computer experts, shop\ntechnicians or gurus in their own minds, but they don't\nknow how to deal with this problem.\n\nIf you think you know, post an outline of the solution\nhere, otherwise I will in a few days. Everybody who works\nwith computers daily needs to know how to do this and it\njust surprises me that very few seem to know how.\n\nProblem: You have a Windows 2000, XP or 2003 computer\nwhere the hard disk is perfect but the mainboard is\ndestroyed or there is some other reason why the hard disk\nneeds to go to a new machine. When you turn it on, you\nget a BSOD advising you to contact the hardware vendor.\nI'll give you a clue: The HAL has changed. (Note: If you\nneed to ask or look up what HAL is then you are highly\nunlikely to get the answer).\n\nHow do you make the harddisk boot in this new machine and\nlose NO DATA? The solution is not to replicate the old\nhardware. Yes, that nearly always works, but you are to\nassume that you cannot do this.