Changing mobo w/o reinstalling Win XP

I came across this tip at <A HREF="http://www.maximumpc.com/" target="_new">maximumpc.com</A>. It was featured as part of their "Best reader-submitted WinXP tips" section. I have yet to try this. If anyone has tried this please let me know. Thanks to Wayne Chau if it does indeed work.

<b>Changing motherboards without reinstalling Win XP

One tip I have come up with resolves Windows XP’s inability to allow for a motherboard change without reinstalling. There is a way around this. Before you change the motherboard go into device manager and change the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers to "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller". You do this by going to update driver and then selecting "Don't Search. I will choose the driver to install." Then select the "Standard....Controller."



After you have changed the controller, shut down the PC and change the motherboard. You should now be able to boot without the blue screen. Now load the new motherboard drivers including the new IDE controller driver. This is useful for people who use removable drives or people who need to upgrade their motherboard.

-Wayne Chau</b>

You've tried and failed. The lesson here is, never try again. -- Homer Simpson.
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  1. Excellent Pass On. Black_Cat, Thanks!!!Hope all is well with you and your family!!! Ryan


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  2. All is well and I hope all is well with you and yours.

    Switching platforms when WinXP is installed is a pain in the rear. Unfortunately I don't have any empty ATX cases here to test it myself. I'm sure somebody in the THGC has tested the validity of this workaround.

    You've tried and failed. The lesson here is, never try again. -- Homer Simpson.
  3. I'm going to try it the next time I have to swap one out, as a test bed, could be next week, could be next month, but when I do I'll let you know how it goes, I'll test it on someones computer wanting a M/B change and Xp reloaded at the same time, that way if something goes wrong, Xp was going to be reloaded anyway. :smile:


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