Problem 4: Inaccessible Boot Device in Windows XP ( WINXP ) - Page 1
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I wanted to thank you for your website. I successfully upgraded my motherboard with your help. Here is something I sent to other technicians in case they get the same problem. Maybe you could post it on your site.. Thanks again. Erik Tremblay
This error message is caused by windows trying to load your old motherboard chipset drivers on your new computer.. But can't because the drivers it needs are different so it crashes with INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error. Happens with Windows 2000 and XP.
(You could try using a utility called SYSPREP. I tried it and was unable to get it to work properly. Still got blue screens.)
Here are the steps I took to fix it:
You have to log in as administrator on your old computer.
That done, go into start, settings, control panel. Go to system, hardware, device manager.
Basically, all you need to do is change any driver that has the word INTEL to it's default driver. So let's start with the IDE ATA/API controller drivers.
Right click on Intel and go to properties. Go to driver.