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Retaining Xp installation while changing motherboads

Is there anyway to aviod formatting and doing a fresh install of Windows Xp after I change my motherboard?

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where is all you hardware info?

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If you go to similar chipset, AMD to AMD you might get by. If it will not boot, do a repair install and it should work.

If you only have a restore disk, you may be out of luck.

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That may not be true

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Sysprep may help. Look for this in google if you have xp pro, but move the profiles you wanna keep out of documents and settings before doing it. Sysprep will remove most hardware configuration and let you keep files and programs in tact. Its used for copying installs between 1 machine and many others in a corporate environment.

If you have an older AMD, moving to a new one will not see the benefits of things like SSE2 (special instruction set for faster performance).

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Re: Hardware info

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Go for it...

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Go ahead and replace the motherboard... windows will look for new hardware.. you will most likely have to re-activate Windows by phone or internet (I had to do it by phone). You might need to some other re-profiling. All in all it should be pretty painless. I only went through 2 packs of cigarettes when I replaced mine. Also getting ready to do another one <YIKES!!!> <grin>

and life goes on...

Jack

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Re: Go for it...

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Good reply! If the computer is a desktop and the sound, modem, graphic and other periphery hardware chips are located on slot cards, there should be few problems as long as the amount of memory on the new board is the same as, or greater than the original. XP is usually able to mitigate minor BIOS chip variances. The only other issue would be the new board's pinout configuration. Care should be exercised in connecting the wires and cables correctly. (especially the CPU fan)

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