Read from http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=change+motherboard+without+reinstalling+xp
Sure you could try making boot dos, then copy the i386 directory over but look at the work. Why not use an external USB drive for the install?
I have a Dell optiplex gx270 with only a floppy drive and I'm trying to put windows on it. I only have a windows xp home CD, no floppy. I bought a Samsung CD/DVD Burner, hooked it up and I went to the BIOS to change the boot order to boot from the CD and it says drive not installed.. How would I make my computer recognize the drive?
Or... This would seem easier to me.... Can I just hook up my hard drive to my other desktop, install windows and put it back in the Dell optiplex gx270, would it work?? Then I can just install my CD/DVD drive in windows.