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Motherboard upgrade, Windows won't boot

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December 29, 2009 1:17:31 PM

A recurring problem for me over the years is that when I upgrade a mobo, but using the same CPU and the same primary HDD, Windows will no longer boot off that drive. The culprit appears to be the different North Bridge and South Bridge chipsets. Rather than (once again) going through the time-consuming re-installation of the OS and hundreds of applications, I am wondering if there is a simple way to fix the boot sector without destroying any other data. In the current instance I am using XP Pro x64, for which (it is said) there is no Emergency Recovery Console or ERD Commander. Has some Russian genius written an independent "fix boot" utility?
December 29, 2009 1:25:58 PM

You need to do a 'repair' windows installation. This will re-install your core windows files and enable you to install your new chipset drivers etc but keep all your installed programs and files. This should be an option from the windows boot CD.
December 29, 2009 2:22:23 PM

In this case I am using Superior XP Pro 64-bit, a customized and stripped-down edition which does not offer the 'repair' function (I tried it). This is why I am asking for an INDEPENDENTLY-authored solution.
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December 29, 2009 3:46:12 PM

When I googled Superior XP Pro 64-bit, most of the results indicated it may not be legitimate MS-Windows, you could get a licensed WinXPx64 CD and do a repair install with that.
December 29, 2009 4:05:45 PM

Or somebody could provide a link to an independently-authored fixboot utility.