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New motherboard + old HDD = Windows Fresh Install?

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February 22, 2010 7:06:55 AM

I'll buy a new motherboard with video card, cpu and memory but I will keep the old HDD. My old mobo is burnt so I can't boot the PC. I want to do a fresh install on C:\ but I have some data that I need. I have a few ideas but I don't know if they'll work.
1)Can I use Windows XP Live USB edition to boot with the new mobo, copy the data from C: to another partition and then do a clean Windows install(well, only the C: partition)?
2)What if I do a Windows Repair Install, copy the data from C:\ to another drive and then do a clean install?(I don't think this is a good option because the user settings and program files will be deleted and I want to keep them so I will know what apps will I have to install.)

Thanks in advance!

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February 22, 2010 7:11:29 AM

Live USB boot will be better choice, it saves lot of time rather than wasting time to repair the OS which is only for recovering the datas..
February 22, 2010 7:13:06 AM

Wow, thanks for the quick answer!
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