ok this should a pretty simple thing, sorry if it is all over the archives, i didnt know what to search for.
friend of mine just got got a bunch of new parts for a computer. i put the thing together, so far so good. i told him earlier that he could just use his old hard drive (out of a dell) as the master to avoid having to go through the whole microsoft update ordeal. so i hooked up the old hard drive and booted up the system and it got about halfway through the boot process and then restarted. i was racking my brain for 3 hours trying everything i could think of, i booted just fine in safe made and installed all the new hardware and drivers, but still no joy on the normal boot. i installed windows on the new hard drive and it all worked great. i thought maybe it was a ati/nvidia thing, but i deleated all the old drivers and ran on default vga before installing the new ones, but that didnt help either.
so the only conclusion i can come up with is that the drive wont boot because the oem version of xp recognizes that it is in a new computer and wont boot for licensing reasons. is that the case? is an oem license only good for the one computer? i suppose that is the point and why it is so much cheaper. if you guys could clear that up for me, i'd appreciate it.