I am not sure whether to post this in the software or hardware forum, so Mod if you think it should be moved, be my guest.
The ROM chip in my brother’s MB died (probably has other problems as well, but this ends it). Since he is on disability income, he has limited resources which means I have generally been his “tech support”. I have 3 choices: new MB, sell him my secondary comp at avg used price and get myself another one with better processor, or buy the cheapest new one I can.
The problem arises in the boot drive and Win XP. If I put in a new MB, how do I get XP to work without a full reformat/reinstall? Same thing with my second comp - I have programs that I have tweaked/modified that I don’t want to try to do over again (these progs are not on my main comp). I’d rather drop the boot drive in the new system and get XP to work with that system. I do have the original XP discs, both his and mine.
And with a new comp, the problem is that he has some programs with some sort of AI (speech to text etc) that he has invested a lot of time adapting that a fresh re-install would put him back at least several weeks in redeveloping to the point they are or were now.
Is there a way to re-install or install XP in either case and keep from having to re-format and reinstall everything else. And on a new comp, is there any sure fire way to move the prgrams intact from the old drive to the new comp without reinstalling?
What option I take is dependent on what I can do regarding the boot HD.