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Anonymous
November 27, 2004 3:23:54 AM

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I want to install a new CPU, M\B & Graphics Card.
My Hard Drive has 3 partitions with Win XP Pro already installed using NTFS;

C:\ Operating System
D:\ Programs
E:\ Data

After a lot of faffing about i've just found out that a new M\B means a new
XP install; after all the tweaking, updates, plugins and hours just getting
the thing right this is a bit disheartening.

How do i minimize the palaver?

Do i have to reformat the whole drive? And reinstall all Programs? Do I
have to re-install SP 1 and then SP2? I also understand that re-activating
XP's a problem too. What other problems do i have to watch out for?

I'd appreciate any advice anyone has, to cut down the trial by error
approach all this means for me.

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Anonymous
November 27, 2004 3:23:55 AM

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Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Michael Stevens]

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"TrickTrash" wrote:

| I want to install a new CPU, M\B & Graphics Card.
| My Hard Drive has 3 partitions with Win XP Pro already installed using NTFS;
|
| C:\ Operating System
| D:\ Programs
| E:\ Data
|
| After a lot of faffing about i've just found out that a new M\B means a new
| XP install; after all the tweaking, updates, plugins and hours just getting
| the thing right this is a bit disheartening.
|
| How do i minimize the palaver?
|
| Do i have to reformat the whole drive? And reinstall all Programs? Do I
| have to re-install SP 1 and then SP2? I also understand that re-activating
| XP's a problem too. What other problems do i have to watch out for?
|
| I'd appreciate any advice anyone has, to cut down the trial by error
| approach all this means for me.
|
| --
| Nick
Anonymous
November 27, 2004 3:23:55 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

TrickTrash wrote:
> I want to install a new CPU, M\B & Graphics Card.
> My Hard Drive has 3 partitions with Win XP Pro already installed using NTFS;
>
> C:\ Operating System
> D:\ Programs
> E:\ Data
>
> After a lot of faffing about i've just found out that a new M\B means a new
> XP install; after all the tweaking, updates, plugins and hours just getting
> the thing right this is a bit disheartening.
>
> How do i minimize the palaver?
>
> Do i have to reformat the whole drive? And reinstall all Programs? Do I
> have to re-install SP 1 and then SP2? I also understand that re-activating
> XP's a problem too. What other problems do i have to watch out for?
>
> I'd appreciate any advice anyone has, to cut down the trial by error
> approach all this means for me.
>

Normally, and assuming a retail license (many OEM installations
and licenses are not transferable to a new motherboard - check yours
before starting), unless the new motherboard is virtually identical
(same chipset, same IDE controllers, same BIOS version, etc.) to the
one on which the WinXP installation was originally performed, you'll
need to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, at
the very least:

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=K...;EN-US;Q315341

The "why" is quite simple, really, and has nothing to do with
licensing issues, per se; it's a purely technical matter, at this
point. You've pulled the proverbial hardware rug out from under the
OS. (If you don't like -- or get -- the rug analogy, think of it as
picking up a Cape Cod style home and then setting it down onto a Ranch
style foundation. It just isn't going to fit.) WinXP, like Win2K
before it, is not nearly as "promiscuous" as Win9x when it comes to
accepting any old hardware configuration you throw at it. On
installation it "tailors" itself to the specific hardware found. This
is one of the reasons that the entire WinNT/2K/XP OS family is so much
more stable than the Win9x group.

As always when undertaking such a significant change, back up any
important data before starting.

This will also probably require re-activation, unless you have a
Volume Licensed version of WinXP Pro installed. If it's been more
than 120 days since you last activated that specific Product Key,
you'll most likely be able to activate via the Internet without
problem. If it's been less, you might have to make a 5 minute phone
call.

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Anonymous
November 27, 2004 12:48:05 PM

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Thank's for the replies, i appreciate your pointers.
Unfortunately, my ambitions are still far in advance of my knowledge just
yet & i still have a lot to absorb.

I've been reading up all the articles your links pointed me to and one thing
i came across is this: http://www.tweakxp.com/tweak2068.aspx which suggests
replacing the M\B specific IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller with a Standard one,
swap the M\B's & boot into Safe Mode where you install the new M\B specific
drivers. Anyone have any thoughts? Yes, it does sound too painless to be
true, but that's what i want: I want what i want without hard work!

I should also point out that i put this system together myself & = Upgraded
= from Win 98 SE. Does that make a difference?

This whole thing still fills me with dread. Oh well, groping -slightly
less- blindly onwards

TrickTrash

"TrickTrash" <k35ri04lpbntvrj@jetable.com> wrote in message
news:co8heq$eou$1@sparta.btinternet.com...
>I want to install a new CPU, M\B & Graphics Card.
> My Hard Drive has 3 partitions with Win XP Pro already installed using
> NTFS;
>
> C:\ Operating System
> D:\ Programs
> E:\ Data
>
> After a lot of faffing about i've just found out that a new M\B means a
> new XP install; after all the tweaking, updates, plugins and hours just
> getting the thing right this is a bit disheartening.
>
> How do i minimize the palaver?
>
> Do i have to reformat the whole drive? And reinstall all Programs? Do I
> have to re-install SP 1 and then SP2? I also understand that
> re-activating XP's a problem too. What other problems do i have to watch
> out for?
>
> I'd appreciate any advice anyone has, to cut down the trial by error
> approach all this means for me.
>
> --
> Nick
>
> k35ri04lpbntvrj@jetable.com valid until 2/12/04
>
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