• AWRon



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    • in reply to: Boot physical hard drive in virtual machine? #1988026

      It would be very helpful to me, and perhaps other members of this Lounge, if users of prior versions of Windows could chime in on their experiences with these virtual machine transfer and activation issues.

      My specific example involves taking a perfectly functioning 150 GB XP drive with 15 years of use and history up to the present day, and and installing it as a virtual drive on a Windows 7 SP 1 machine, for use on into the next several years.

      (I have no use or concerns for security updates or patches of any kind in Windows 7, having those issues addressed in other ways.  I am only interested in a smoothly functioning, stable system that Microsoft cannot interfere with — all Updating turned off, etc.)

      So my questions are:

      1.   Should I convert the drive into a virtual machine on the Windows 7 500 GB hard drive, using VMWare?  Or should I just attach it via a USB port as seems to be the suggested mode in the above article, while (somehow) accessing it as a virtual machine?  (And how does that work?)
      2.   And then, re Activation: will XP sense it is in a different environment, and deactivate?  In which case will a call to Microsoft and an explanation to their techs suffice, to reactivate the old OEM license (which is valid, and should not present any reason to be blocked by MS)?
      3.   Or has MS discontinued Activation checking on XP, allowing environmental changes on non-blocked XP licenses to got through automatically?

      Any help, input or advice (other than suggesting I migrate to Windows 10, etc!) would be most welcome!

      Thank you,

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Coming soon: Windows Secrets archives! #1952436

      And, for lost items, don’t forget the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive,


      This is also a wonderful source for all those deleted pages on Microsoft’s website for “past” operating systems still extensively in use!

      You might even find some of those missing pictures Woody mentioned.

      — AWRon

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    • in reply to: Drive Swap Between Nearly Identical PCs? #1938801

      Very cool.  I really like it.

      Let us know when you try it in Windows 7!

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Drive Swap Between Nearly Identical PCs? #1938800

      Thanks, Paul.  Drive cloning is my standard operating procedure in these circumstances.

      For Windows XP, Apricorn EZ-GIG II is my friend!

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Drive Swap Between Nearly Identical PCs? #1938799

      Thanks, Jim, for the links for adding serial ports.

      I had considered options like this, but the specialized software is particularly finicky (since it’s SCO Unix running in a VM), and runs best with a native serial port as, e.g. in an IBM T30.  The Dell D600 was a good alternative, until it was discovered that the D600 serial port was slightly buggy, problems which were fixed in the D610.

      Thanks to this Forum, I now have a clear pathway to go the D610 route, and expect that will work fine — especially since I will clone the drive first, and transfer over the clone drive.

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Drive Swap Between Nearly Identical PCs? #1938707


      Just exactly what I needed to know.  Thank you for taking the time.

      PS: The D610 does have the 915PM chipset and the ATI X300.  I assume putting the related drivers in 1-CHIPSET and 2-VIDEO will take care of this?

      Also, what determines when, and when not, to blow out the subkeys of the ENUM registry key?

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: What Files Did CHKDSK Truncate? #1938515

      Thank you for this enormously helpful response — the Ask Leo link is an absolute gem!

      I had forgotten all about the Event Viewer.

      Now, how do I read the Event Viewer from the non-bootable, but still passively accessible, machine, on some other machine?

      Where do I find it on the source, and where do I put a copy of it on the target, so the target reads the one of interest, instead of its own?

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: Drive Swap Between Nearly Identical PCs? #1938506

      Thanks for this very informative reply.  I will get and run Speccy.

      The source machine is a Dell D600, and the target is a Dell D610.

      The target is known to have a different video setup – higher screen resolution, possibly a separate graphics card (doubtful).

      I was thinking of downloading all the target laptop device drivers to the source hard drive before moving the drive to the target.  My only question then is, where do I store them on the drive, so that XP finds them upon bootup in the target host machine?

      — AWRon

    • in reply to: We’re easing into the Plus Membership benefits #1932579

      Those are good questions, but the real issue is, how do we all keep this site alive and going?

      Woody doesn’t currently do auto-renew.  So I suggest doing as I do — whenever you find some particularly great content that you know you could never get anywhere else, use the method mentioned in Kirsty’s post above – go to:

      That “Click here for details and to sign up” link for Plus memberships on each AskWoody page, can be used for donating also, without subscribing – just untick the Subscription button (which appears on the next page after you have selected the amount, and where you select the method).

      and Donate!

      — Ron

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    • in reply to: CHKDSK _ stage 3 #1925553

      While SpinRite is a really useful tool, it will not fix the CHKDSK problem originally cited in the post above regarding the old Windows XP 100 GB drive that wouldn’t boot after CHKDSK.

      The original DOS CHKDSK saved the fragments in the root directory for inspection and possible recovery.

      But even then it did not provide the filename from the root or subdirectory of the files it had truncated. So the only way you could figure that out was by inspection of the fragments.

      In Windows XP and later, isn’t there a system file monitoring service that alerts when any system file is corrupted, and automatically replaces it?

      If so, it might not be just a driver file that was broken in the example above.

      It’s the complete lack of any useful corrective information that’s so frustrating about CHKDSK, which makes one want to find a better alternative — and not just for XP.

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    • in reply to: CHKDSK _ stage 3 #1924960

      Of course the CD has to be bootable because you want the target drive to be entirely passive.  But I don’t remember if this happens automatically when you run the program after download, as an installation option.

      What I do when working semi-blindly with new software like this is save a copy of the download to an Installers directory either on my production machine if it is reputable paid software, or on a “development” (i.e throwaway, sandboxed, or virtual) machine, if it is freeware or trial software.

      Then I run the installer and poke around.  There may well be a burn-to-bootable-CD option in SpinRite 6.  (I use CDs because they are easier to keep track of than memory sticks, and some old machines can’t boot from USB,  while everything from at least 2002 on can boot from a CD).

      Let us know how you go.


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    • in reply to: CHKDSK _ stage 3 #1924924

      Burn SpinRite 6 to a CD and boot from it.  Run it from the default, which is Level 2, and let it do its thing, however long it takes.

      The interface is relatively simple once you explore it a bit.  It contains a fair amount of the usual Steve Gibson overkill, but underneath, it’s straightforward and effective.

      — WSRon

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