Can't get to welcome screen to enter username & password

By Jasper75 ·
I have a smaller IDE HDD and have run out of space. I purchased a 500GB SATA HDD and was using it as a data drive. The SATA HDD has two partitions - 1 50GB, the other has the full remaining space and has all the data. I formatted it this way so I could install the OS on the 50GB partition at a later date. Now is that later date. I created a ghost image of the IDE HDD (of the "partition", not as a whole disk, even though it only has that one partition) and restored the partition to the 50GB partition on the SATA HDD.

My first problem was that I received the Boot Disk Failure error. Easy - I loaded the IDE HDD, went into computer management and set the SATA HDD 50GB partition as "Active".

Voila! Now the SATA HDD 50GB's partition loads the OS (Windows XP Professional)...somewhat. I get past the black background w/ the Windows XP Logo and the blue-blocked bar underneath...then I get to the blue background with the Windows XP Logo that usually has the user selection icons...but it never shows the icons. I've tried pressing ctrl+alt+del 3x's and nothing happens. Pressing "Esc" or "Enter" causes an error-beep.

I also notice that when the IDE HDD loads windows, before it shows the user selection icons, it states "Windows is starting up". When I try loading with the SATA HDD, it doesn't get that far either.

Is there a config setting I need to adjust somewhere? I have access to the SATA HDD while the system is running from the IDE HDD.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks. ~Jasper

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I see what you're saying

by tintoman In reply to Can't get to welcome scre ...

This is I think because you have used an image of an IDE disk on a SATA drive, so if I were you I would boot the machine from the Windows installation CD, when set up gets past the "press F8 to accept the license agreement, you can take the option to repair the windows installation on your SATA drive
That should fix it
Good luck

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The problem here is that the SATA Drivers need to be loaded

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Can't get to welcome scre ...

When you clone a IDE Drive to a SATA Drive the SATA Drivers are not installed as the IDE Drive didn't need them. Generally you need to do a In Place Install with a M$ Branded Install Disc not a System makers Recovery Disc and install the SATA Drivers then.


The relevant part is listed as Method 2 and this is it

Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, you may need the installation CD to reinstall. Contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair installation.

To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
The following message on the Welcome to Setup screen will appear:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310064 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310064/ ) How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition
If you successfully completed the reinstallation, congratulations. You are almost done. Please continue to the "After you reinstall Windows XP" section to finish.

If you received an error or if the reinstallation did not finish, unfortunately, this article did not resolve your problem. For your next steps, you may want to ask someone whom you know for help. Or, you may want to contact Microsoft Support to help you resolve this problem.
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After you reinstall Windows XP
After you finish the reinstallation, complete the following final tasks.

Note You may also want to enable the firewall in Internet Explorer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
283673 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283673/ ) How to turn on or turn off the firewall in Windows XP
Reinstall Windows XP Service Pack 2
If Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) was installed on your computer before you reinstalled Windows XP, you must reinstall SP2. If you did not already reinstall SP2 with the Windows XP in the previous section, use one of the following methods to reinstall SP2 now.
Method 1: Obtain the service pack CD and reinstall the service pack after you reinstall Windows XP
To order Windows Service Pack 2 on CD, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx)
Method 2: Download the service pack after you reinstall Windows XP
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/ ) How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Reinstall all updates to Windows
After you reinstall Windows XP, you must reinstall all updates to Windows also. To reinstall Windows updates, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com)
Reinstall Internet Explorer 7
When Windows XP is repaired and is running correctly, reinstall Internet Explorer 7. To do this, you will need the Internet Explorer 7 installation package. This package is available through Windows Update. Also, the package may still be on the computer from the first time that you installed Internet Explorer 7. Locate the installation package in the folder in which you saved the files, and reinstall the program.

Note This package may be located in the Temporary Internet Files folder. If you cannot locate the Internet Explorer 7 installation package, visit the following Microsoft Web site to obtain this package:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx)
To connect to the Microsoft download site, you must have a functional Web browser. If Internet Explorer 6 does not work on the computer after you uninstall Internet Explorer 7, you cannot download the Internet Explorer 7 installation package. In this situation, you can use a computer that has a functional Web browser to download the Internet Explorer 7 installation package. Then, use a shared network drive to install the program onto the repaired computer. If you cannot use a shared network for this purpose, copy the Internet Explorer 7 installation package onto a CD, and install Internet Explorer 7 on the repaired computer from the CD.

If you had difficulty completing these final steps, unfortunately, this content is unable to help you any further. So, you might want to ask someone for help, or you might want to contact Support.

But if you only have a System Makers Recovery Disc I would suggest using nLite to slipstream the SATA Drivers and include any Service Packs that have been released since your Install Disc was Made


Don't forget to read the directions for use here


Then reinstall your OS to the SATA HDD Normally you need to create the smaller Boot Partition First and then the Main Data Partition as an Extended Drive. I'm not sure how you initially Formatted this HDD so it may not want to install at all if the smalled Partition was made last.


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Thanks for the responses.

by Jasper75 In reply to Can't get to welcome scre ...

To let you all know, the smallest partition on the SATA HDD was created first as primary.

I highly doubt it has anything to do with installing SATA drivers - I backed-up the entire SATA HDD, then ghosted the entire disk instead of just a partition and it worked fine.

I have the XP install disk (non-proprietary), but there's a few too many scratches on it and I can't get a successful install...so that is why I'm using ghost images.

So all's well that ends well...not the exact solution that I wanted, but I have a server at home that I can keep all of my data on so I'm not worried about a partition or full HDD crash.

Thanks again,

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