- You've changed more about the hardware than just the new disk.
- You didn't copy Windows properly to the new disk.
My suggestion is to take the old disk and run the Files & Settings Transfer Wizard (available off the Start Menu). You can copy files and personalized settings to a network drive, a thumb drive, another hard disk, or anything else. Then, on the new disk, reinstall a clean copy of Windows XP and then relaunch the wizard on the new installation. It will then fetch a copy of your files and settings, apply them to your new copy of XP, and you should be good to go.
Additional information on Windows XP
- Expert response: XP SP2 installation fouling up system startup?
I tried to install Windows XP SP2. After installation was finished, I could not log in because the computer failed to display the login screen. I tried safe mode and even last good variant but the same thing happens. How can I resolve this without reinstalling the entire Windows system?
This was first published in September 2006