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Upgrading my PC

by sidewind / March 25, 2009 10:27 AM PDT

I?m upgrading my PC with a new motherboard, new hard drive cpu and memory. I would like to copy my old hard drive to my new one and keep the old one as a backup drive, to my Windows XP PRO system. My question it?s which would be the best and easy way to do it without so much trouble? Your help would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help on this issue.

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Clone the new HD first.
by Coryphaeus / March 26, 2009 12:13 AM PDT
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But with that many changes at once XP will want to reactivate. Be prepared for this. It will, but you may have to call MS for a new activation key.

Replace in this order:

HD after the clone
Motherboard
RAM
CPU

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Relaod the OS after big h/w changes
by Willy / March 26, 2009 12:56 AM PDT
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Under XP and later OSes, don't expect the system to be bootable after much h/w changes. The OS will note such and either become a blue screen or simply freeze or stop. As the other poster mentioned, MS will be required to authorize the OS again if you get to that point. There are no "shortcuts" just do a OS install to the new HD and proceed once done to get the latest updates, etc.. On the old HD, be sure to "backup" the critical data, etc. and then reload the pgms. to the new HD. Once done, fetch the old data and copy over as required. Beware, if you plan to re-use the OEM type OS like from Gateway, Dell, etc., it may not work at all as this is outside the EULA rules. However, generic DIY type OEM OS will work after being authorized. trying to defeat or use shortcuts or bypass the install of the OS will sooner or later bite you even if apparently successful. I suggest once everything is done, keep the old HD for several weeks before wiping it out for re-use as safety margin, just in case. Wink

tada -----Willy Happy

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Remove all drivers
by AVADirect_Joe / March 27, 2009 4:59 AM PDT
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I have done this with windows XP myself. Make sure you uninstall all drivers (video, chipset, sound, etc...) before you add your old hard drive to your new hardware. Granted, everyone has a different experience because of the variety of software, but that is the best way you can prevent and BSOD's or any other issues.

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