HowTo patch a windows 2000 or XP registry of a random Harddisk to be able to start on a different Computer, even if you dont have the original machine at hand:

It is a well known problem, that XP and Windows 2000 will refuse to start if you move a harddisk containing a system to a different motherboard. Since the harddisk controller is different, a message like:

STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF741B84C,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000) INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

will appear on the screen and the start is aborted. Microsoft knowledgebase article 314082 explains how to fix this problem.
However what they dont tell, is what to do If you dont have the original computer or motherboard any more.
This happens rather often, so I decided to publish a step by step HowTo for fixing this problem.

The following procedure is tested on a windows 2000 and a windows XP system using an IDE drive. However, I give no warranty what it will do to your computer or if it simply does not work in your case. SCSI drives should work similar, but you have to create the registry patch file yourself. The one from here only supports IDE drives:

good luck.
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