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May 27, 2009 3:11:40 PM

Hey everyone. Its great to be a part of this community. Ok, my situation is as follows. I own one of those pre built POS pc's. I want to build a new system, and ive heard that if you replace a mobo with the existing hard drive, there could be problems. The hard drive has a partition for recovery purposes. My question is, if i replace all the components, RAM, GPU , Mobo, PSU, etc, etc, and keep my old Hard drive,which has XP home, could i just run the recovery partition so i can keep using my old hard drive , or would i have to purchase a copy of windows and reinstall everything. Which is what im hoping i dont have to do. thanks in advanced for the help.

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May 27, 2009 3:23:05 PM

you'd have to buy it because the recovery partition only works on the same PC it was first installed on.
May 27, 2009 3:34:22 PM

yeah i started thinking about that after i posted because it has all the drivers for the preinstalled hardware and stuff. that sucks, oh well i guess ill hold off until i get more cash. thanks the quick reply
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May 27, 2009 3:34:52 PM

yeah i started thinking about that after i posted because it has all the drivers for the preinstalled hardware and stuff. that sucks, oh well i guess ill hold off until i get more cash. thanks the quick reply
May 27, 2009 3:46:32 PM

you could just download win7 64.
May 27, 2009 3:52:39 PM

win7 64? its free???? isnt it very hardware specs heavy?
May 27, 2009 4:02:14 PM

It's free until January. It requires less hardware than Vista, I believe.
May 27, 2009 4:03:06 PM

it's based on WDDM 1.1 which is close to XP SP3 speedwise except in games where it will have a slight advantage because of DX10.1/DX11.

edit: @smithereen, actually Vista SP2 and 7 are based on WDDM 1.1 so they're probably very close in the performance department .
May 27, 2009 4:03:27 PM

mmhhhmmm, that is great news, i could save up till then to buy it. thanks guys.
May 29, 2009 3:05:31 PM

Ok so i downloaded windows 7 64bit. can i install it directly to the new hard drive or do i need to have a preinstalled OS on it first?
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