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Upgrading to a new motherboard and CPU with old harddrive

by stuarth9 / August 14, 2006 7:49 AM PDT

Can I use my exisiting harddrive, loading with my files and programs, with a new motherboard and cpu, then add new drivers for that board or do I need to start with a clean installation? I am using XP professional and I do not want to spend hours reloading programs.

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I have used this method and it has
by retired / August 14, 2006 8:33 AM PDT

worked for me, but some others have done a complete new install.

Use "Repair Install" to Change MOBO/CPU

Before powering down place the OS/CD in the CD/ROM

Make sure the BIOS is set to boot from the CD/ROM as first boot.

Change the MOBO/CPU

Power back on, make sure it boots from the cd and not the HDD

Follow the instructions for the Repair Install.

Load the new MOBO drivers


Note: No method guarantees a clean change-over to a new MOBO except a clean install.

Repair Install

1=Set BIOS to boot from the CD/ROM as first boot device, With OS/CD in the drive restart the computer.

2=When the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD/ROM appears (Do so now as you have only seconds).(Ignore when prompt appears on any reboot)

3=Windows setup, Loads files.

4=You will see Windows XP home or Pro setup.

5=To setup windows press "Enter."

6=Press F8 to accept license.

7=To repair selected Windows Installation press "R."

8=Copies files to the Hard drive.

9=Computer will Re-Boot

10=follow the on-screen instructions.

11=Enter the "product Key" (Note- It is possible to enter a different product key from the one that was used to install the OS but you will may run into Licensing problems with MS if you need to re-activate.

12=The computer may re-boot again during the install, but do not use "the press any key" command at the prompt or you get to do it all over again.

13=Follow on screen instructions.

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by stuarth9 / August 14, 2006 12:59 PM PDT

This seems possible, I will give it a try within a few days, when the new case is ready.

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Sometimes, sometimes not.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 8:38 AM PDT

How lucky do you feel?


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by Willy / August 14, 2006 1:50 PM PDT

I found little success in trying to defeat XP's way of doing things. It's simply better to do a fresh install and then add the pgms. The real time saver is using some backup method that allows returning "stored data" back into the folders of those pgms.. Of course you have to have the same folders, etc. and decent back-up s/w for ease of return. Plus, at this time you can relieve yourself of any OS past issues or similar problems by doing a fresh install. You can further help yourself to save any OS updates manually install of direct install from the update website in order not to revisit the MS update website for all those now reneeded updates.

tada -----Willy Happy

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