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Will Windows allow me to change from Pentium 4 to C2D?

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August 10, 2009 7:18:29 AM

There is this computer in my mom's office with an old P4 3.8GHz that makes more noise than a jet at take-off.
So, I was thinking of putting in something like an E5200, but I don't know whether Windows 2003 Server will accept it. Reason being that I'm scared that Windows will think the hard drive's been moved to a new machine and refuse to work.

Anyone here care to give me some advice.
Quick advice will be appreciated. That noise is going to drive someone to a mental breakdown
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August 10, 2009 7:27:00 AM

Windows wont care if you get a new CPU but I doubt the motherboard will recognize it.
August 10, 2009 7:31:16 AM

Cool, thanks for the quick reply daship.
It's a 965 motherboard (LGA775). All it needs then is a firmware flash, at least that's what I hope.
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August 10, 2009 10:14:16 AM

Windows will be ok with a new cpu. If you're swapping mb, just install the drivers to the new one, working still on the old one. I know there's a problem with this on Vista, but all you need to do is google for it and figure out which drivers you need to uninstall, then swap.
August 10, 2009 1:14:25 PM

afaik, cpu chance can work but mb change requires system reinstalling, in general, I would recommend reinstalling the system if you switch mb or cpu, the rest will work ok.