Topic: Windows XP Welcome screen empty after partition copy.
I have WinXP Pro installed on a 20GB partition inside a 40GB HD. I want to copy the full content of the partition to another HD, a newly HD of 160 GB.
I download the live CD (Gparted-0.3.1) and connect the 40GB HD as master and the 160GB HD as slave. Both drives are IDE.
I made all the steps for copying two patitions that appear on the doc. section.
Then I disconnect the 40GB Drive and I changed the 160GB as master.
Then I installed Mandriva 2007 to use the Grub bootloader.
After making all this, I boot the system, and say to Grub, boot the WinXP partition.
It boots, but at the end I have a nice WindowsXP logo on the welcome screen but any (I repeat, ANY) of my defined users, not even Administrator. I try to do the twice CTRL-ALT-DEL trick to see if the normal login screen comes, but this procedure was also negative. I try even to get into the safe mode, with the same result!!!!
With the Recovery console of Windows XP I could get into the drive, but from there I couldn't do anything.
When I connect my old drive again (disconnecting the new one first) all runs fine.
Any Idea????? It could be that Micro$oft Windows Checks that he is on another hadware and it locks the Windows Version????
Any help will be very helpful.