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a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2004 3:10:28 PM

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Is it possible to change motherboards, from the P4T-E to the P4P800-E
Deluxe, without reinstalling my system and programs? I don't have the
time to reinstall everything and go through the endless upgrades, tweaks
and fixes. Running XP Pro SP1 and fixes (don't like the idea of SP2).
Can XP Pro make the change in drivers, etc. without reinstalling
programs or drive assignments?

Any information is appreciated. Thanks.

Chris

chris@cjalexander.ca
August 19, 2004 5:01:45 PM

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In article <4124C2E4.BC492820@cjalexander.ca>, Chris Alexander
<chris@cjalexander.ca> wrote:

> Is it possible to change motherboards, from the P4T-E to the P4P800-E
> Deluxe, without reinstalling my system and programs? I don't have the
> time to reinstall everything and go through the endless upgrades, tweaks
> and fixes. Running XP Pro SP1 and fixes (don't like the idea of SP2).
> Can XP Pro make the change in drivers, etc. without reinstalling
> programs or drive assignments?
>
> Any information is appreciated. Thanks.
>
> Chris
>
> chris@cjalexander.ca

I moved an install from a P4B to a P4C800-E Deluxe, and the one
thing that stopped me, was the IDE driver. I had to take the
disk back to the original machine, and in Device Manager, upgrade
the IDE driver to the MS standard driver, from whatever was there.
Then, when I put the disk in the new machine, it booted without
blue screening. The only thing wrong with this transition, is my
new AGP video card wouldn't play nice, and installing INTEL INF,
video card drivers, and DirectX wouldn't enable AGP transfers.
This was using Win2K.

WinXP can have activation issues. One poster on this group managed
to really mess up his transition, due to activation. That will be
one difference from my Win2K move.

The second option is a repair install. That generally means having
to redo any service packs not slipstreamed onto the Windows install
CD, and any Windows Updates would have to be done again as well.
I think that leaves your application programs alone, so the only
retweaking would be to the Windows stuff.

In any case, before trying a transition like this, backup the disk.
I use Partition Magic to make a copy of the current disk, in
case something goes wrong. It is always possible to have a hardware
failure on a new system, so having a backup is a good idea, no
matter what method you plan on using for the transition.

HTH,
Paul
August 20, 2004 12:56:51 AM

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 13:01:45 -0400, nospam@needed.com (Paul) wrote:


>.......
>I think that leaves your application programs alone, so the only
>retweaking would be to the Windows stuff.
>
>
>HTH,
> Paul

On that point.... if the app is copy protected it may decide the
change represents a copy infringement and refuse to run. Norton System
Works is one. I had this issue with a few other programs which needed
to be re-installed. At the end of the day there is not much saving
with the repair install, after you take into account having to check
everything it's probably as quick (and certainly better for stability)
to simply do a fresh install.

ChrisH
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 20, 2004 3:17:51 AM

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If you change the motherboard in a computer that has XP installed on the
harddrive, then you MUST reformat the harddrive and do a fresh install of
the OS. Otherwise you may experience ongoing nasty Registry errors.

--
DaveW



"Chris Alexander" <chris@cjalexander.ca> wrote in message
news:4124C2E4.BC492820@cjalexander.ca...
> Is it possible to change motherboards, from the P4T-E to the P4P800-E
> Deluxe, without reinstalling my system and programs? I don't have the
> time to reinstall everything and go through the endless upgrades, tweaks
> and fixes. Running XP Pro SP1 and fixes (don't like the idea of SP2).
> Can XP Pro make the change in drivers, etc. without reinstalling
> programs or drive assignments?
>
> Any information is appreciated. Thanks.
>
> Chris
>
> chris@cjalexander.ca
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 20, 2004 6:19:17 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

There is a repair install that will usually work. It's basically a new
installation "over" an old installation that retains installed apps and
settings. It doesn't ALWAYS work, but it usually will.

One other thought, if you do a new install, first, on the old system,
run the "files and settings transfer wizzard", which will create a file
(or diskette or CD) with your old data files and settings. Then import
this into the new system. It will save setting a ton of stuff manually.

But I'd try the repair install first. YOu start out like a normal new
install, but when windows finds the existing system, it asks you if you
want to repair it.


DaveW wrote:

> If you change the motherboard in a computer that has XP installed on the
> harddrive, then you MUST reformat the harddrive and do a fresh install of
> the OS. Otherwise you may experience ongoing nasty Registry errors.
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 20, 2004 2:38:06 PM

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> The second option is a repair install. That generally means having
> to redo any service packs not slipstreamed onto the Windows install
> CD, and any Windows Updates would have to be done again as well.
> I think that leaves your application programs alone, so the only
> retweaking would be to the Windows stuff.

Before 8 weeks ago, my old MoBo Gigabyte GA-8INXP with the Granite Bay
Chipset got faild and so I went to my dealer cause there was still
waranty on the board. So my dealer had to send the board to gigabyte and
gave me for the time of repair an old Asus Board with the 845 Chipset.
At home I made a repair install and everything worked fine. Only Norton
AV Security Live Update didn't work well, it wasn't possible do make any
update and also a complete new install of the program won't even fix the
problem :( 
So last week I got the option on a brand new board, cause gigabyte
couldn't fix the old one :)  I decided for the P4P800-E Deluxe and I'm
very happy with this great board.
I tried also with this board a repair install of XP Prof. but this
causes in a very fast rushing blue sreen with some text i couldn't read
and a reset of the system. So I had to install XP completly new :( 
Yesterday I got trouble with my Internet- and LAN connections and i
tried a repair install again (SP2 was installed) and thought, you made
no changes on the hardware, so the repair install should fix the
problem.
Thought so...:(  Also same blue screnn with some text i could not read
cause the reset happend too fast. Maybe this causes in the installation
of SP2 and maybe it's not possibel for the repair installation to switch
back to SP1...

Therefor it's very important to backup the system before trying a repair
install. Chances are 50:50 :) 

Greets, Gerd

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Don't move the lawn, please!
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 21, 2004 1:35:14 AM

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I updated to a P4P800E-Deluxe and had problems so ended doing a complete new
install, doing this I have no left over rubbish to hit me later on.

Seems like as someone said it can be hit and miss especially with XP.

Seriously a new install will give you a better result than an upgrade or
repair and thta is what I would recommend every time. Try a repair but be
prepared to cut and run early, you can spend a lot of time mucking around
getting it working.

"Chris Alexander" <chris@cjalexander.ca> wrote in message
news:4124C2E4.BC492820@cjalexander.ca...
> Is it possible to change motherboards, from the P4T-E to the P4P800-E
> Deluxe, without reinstalling my system and programs? I don't have the
> time to reinstall everything and go through the endless upgrades, tweaks
> and fixes. Running XP Pro SP1 and fixes (don't like the idea of SP2).
> Can XP Pro make the change in drivers, etc. without reinstalling
> programs or drive assignments?
>
> Any information is appreciated. Thanks.
>
> Chris
>
> chris@cjalexander.ca
>
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