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Saturday, February 4th, 2017 07:18 am
During a recent bout of computer necromancy I - a lot of swapping parts from old 'projects' and buying cheap refurbished items - I ended up with a hard drive with 32 bit Win 7 on it.

Let's swap the drive into an Windows XP machine because... why not?

It was cranky but seemed to work okay but something would lock up the hard drive causing it to run constantly. After several attempts I got task manager to run and discovered the system was sucking up 90% of the cpu resources.

After fiddling with it for several days (off and on - not continuously and never quite seriously) I decided to try a Win7 Repair disk and try to rebuild Windows.

Now it doesn't even boot.

I *could* try a full reinstall with some *cough* gray market software keys but... why really bother? I've got Ubuntu. Chalk this up to "Well that didn't work" and move on. I've got better things to do.

Sunday, February 5th, 2017 01:58 pm (UTC)
90% of fixing stuff, is knowing when to stop fixing it. Usually that's before it catches fire...

Personally, I'm somewhat amazed it actually kind-of worked at first! you know what Windows is like for rejecting hardware changes, so a complete transplant usually fails. Must've been one of those rare times when all the different errors cancelled each other out mostly. So no wonder fixing it caused it to fail completely.