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    I want to upgrade my mobo, CPU and RAM only. Everything else is still in good shape and doesn't need replacing at this time.

    Will I have to reinstall WinXP or can I simply attach it to the new set-up and turn it on?
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    Re: Is it this easy?

    Did that once and I seem to remember that I had to do a repair install or something like that. I didn't loose any data.
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    • #3
      Re: Is it this easy?

      Changing the motherboard used to have a good chance of needing to reinstall. I haven't tried it recently so I couldn't say for sure.
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      • #4
        Re: Is it this easy?

        As long as your not replacing your hard drive, I think you don't need to... but I'm not a computer whiz :row__577:



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        • #5
          Re: Is it this easy?

          You could probably get by with a repair install. So whip out that WinXP CD and let it do its magic after replacing the parts. It's recommended to do a reinstall though.

          You will have to do something once the parts are replaced. Replacing the motherboard is a major hardware upgrade and WinXP won't boot with the old motherboard drivers.

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          • #6
            Re: Is it this easy?

            I found this yesterday maybe it will help. http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...&enterthread=y

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            • #7
              Re: Is it this easy?

              If you're just replacing your CPU and RAM, you will not have to reinstall Windows.

              Really the only time you have to do a reformat and reinstall of Windows is when you change to a new motherboard with a different chipset than your old one.
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              • #8
                Re: Is it this easy?

                Thanks for the quick responses, guys. It looks like a reinstall will be necessary.

                Originally posted by =RedBull0808= View Post
                I found this yesterday maybe it will help. http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...&enterthread=y
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                • #9
                  Re: Is it this easy?

                  Acronis True Image is pretty good for a backup too.


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                  • #10
                    Re: Is it this easy?

                    I remember having to change the hard disk controller drivers to windows generic so the new MB can read the hard drive. Then install the MB specific drivers after it's running. Not sure if it's still the case.

                    I would do a fresh install because it would kill me to think I wasn't getting the most out of my new set up.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is it this easy?

                      the best imaging software is macrium reflect - and its free (works with vista too)

                      also, eula discussions aside, you need to do a fresh install of the os with a new mobo... or you will wind up doing it with a few weeks anyway.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Is it this easy?

                        Typically if you're staying with a similar architecture, you can sometimes get away with booting it up and letting it detect the new hardware and do a couple of restarts to get it all in place. Otherwise as suggested, try the repair but you're running a 50/50 chance at best.

                        But if it's moving to a different platform (AMD to Intel and vice versa), you'll need to load the system entirely without question.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Is it this easy?

                          I second macrum reflect its is is very easy to use from my experience with it.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Is it this easy?

                            Just try it with the new mobo - remove/uninstall the drivers before the final shutdown of the old mobo, then boot and maybe Windows will recognize your new stuff. If not, then nuke your C drive and start over. It feels refreshing to have a clean new OS.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Is it this easy?

                              I've done motherboard replacements, even from AMD to Intel Core 2, and used the repair install procedure many times with success.

                              Another link for you.


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