hey i recently broke my cpu which was a pentium 4 2.66 ghz cpu on my dell 4600 mobo. now i wan to buy a new mobo, cpu, and graphics card. my dell cpu was an intel and mobo had 1 agp and 3 pci. i want the asus a8n32 sli a8n32 with an AMD 3800 x2 cpu. i am wondering sonce i am switching mobos will i need to purchase a new OS system or is it stored onto the hdd. can i just hook everything up and the OS system will still be accessible or do i hve to buy a new OS system? :?
I decided to upgrade my dell 4550 aout a month ago, here are the problems you will face:
You will need a new case, this is becasue dells are designed for dell motherboards and nothing else. Prob need a more powerfull psu as well.
A dell case will also not take a standard atx psu with out cutting chunks out of the case.
Also the stock cooling is questionable on the standard case.
Now my 4550 came with windows on a disc, yours may be on the harddrive.
The problem will be that your windows will be dell bios locked, as soon as it sees you are not running a dell motherboard it will ask for windows activation.
This in essence means you need to buy a new copy of windows in affraid.
You have a legal license to use Windows. You probably don't have a standard OEM disk for it however. In that situation, I'd find a friend with a standard OEM CD for your version of Windows, get him to burn you a copy, and use the original license. You did pay for the license when you bought the machine!
Standard OEM Windows CD's are most often packages with custom-built machines. You know, the kind you buy in a computer store.
Windows would not let me use my oem key on my new system, Microsoft only allow Oem to be installed on one computer and it cant be transferd. A new motherboard is condsiderd a new computer, by the sounds of it some people have called microsoft and were given new keys tough.
I could be wrong and if there is a work around I would be intrested to find out, it just never worked for me. No matter what I ried it would not activate.
I guess a new board may fit I kind off meant it wouldnt be ideal, prob have to loose the cpu ducting and the cooling is not the greatest, a few things may be in the wrong place and cause hassle etc etc plus my fan was the noisy.
There is a workaround. I laid it out. You may question the legality, but I don't. Replacing a motherboard can be viewed as a "new system" or simply a repair. Microsoft often considers a new system to be a board PLUS a drive, he's not replacing the drive.
You have to use the exact version of windows the license is for. But it doesn't have to be the same CD. I just reloaded a Compaq where the system CD was on a partition when the drive failed, I used a generic "XP Home OEM" CD and the license from the sticker on the side of the Compaq case.
ok, wow my topic got a little long. great advice and help from all of you. yeah i already have a brand new case i forgot to mention that and my original dell system did come with a windows cd and a bunch of others. thanks a lot!
oh and i will be calling microsoft for a new key for my system. My brother-in-law will also be helpng me since he has a career working with computers.