I bought a new mainboard for my tower (MSI-X58, Intel i7-920, 3Gg) Corsair) and plan on installing it in my present tower and hard drive which has XP Professional installed. I expect some problems with all the new components and XP but that's in the future for now although any advice would be appreciated.
My question is about the old board (evga 680i, 2.4Mz Core2, 2 Gb RAM, 8800GTS APG) which I want to install in another tower. Unfortunately that tower has ME installed. However, I also have an old HP laptop that does have XP installed.
What I want to do: Remove the hard drive from the laptop with XP on it and install it in the old tower along with my old mainboard, the evga above.
Knowing that XP keeps track of its surroundings, I expect this will not work but I would like your input on what I might be able to do to get around the expected XP reaction to its new environment.
Any and all help would be appreciated.
PS, just to be clear, I would be using XP only on one computer. The laptop would be ditched, it doesn't work anyway and the tower would become the computer of use. I just want to transfer the XP license, if possible, from the laptop to the tower.