I recently had a bad bios update and now I’m installing Windows onto my new Board. I have installed my old Hard drive and the bios recognizes all the hardware and begins the startup as normal but the initial screen only comes on for 3 seconds before rebooting over and over. So–I know the new motherboard does not accept the drivers and whatnot that are on the old hard drive so I put the XP recovery disk into the DvD-Rom and start a fresh install.
This time I noticed an option–install XP over the Current Windows Folder thereby losing all programs and settings, or keep all the old programs and settings by installing XP into a “NEW” folder. I named the new Folder WINNEW and sure enough, my machine loaded the new XP program in about 10 minutes compared to about 90 minutes for the fresh install.—but, none of the old programs are registered thru the bios/registry and most of them will not even start even though the .exe program is in the Program root. The task manager bar is empty and so forth.
So, my question–seems like I need to do a fresh install and reinstall all my other programs===OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING?? When would it make sense to install windows XP to a new folder if all the other programs and settings while “there” still don’t work? I sense this is a “dumb option” or there is some tweak I can do now to make everything work?
Any ideas or hints??? ///// bobbo.