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Can I use a back up partition on an old HDD with a new Mobo and CPU?

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April 17, 2012 4:04:39 AM

I hope this is the right place to ask this. I got this HP Pavilion for my birthday about 4 years ago and it has a Phenom X4 processor in it which just isn't cutting it for me anymore. I wanted to upgrade to some other CPU but my main question is whether or not I could use the partition on my hard drive for the factory restore to reinstall the OS assuming the new hardware rejected the old hard drive?

And, on a side note, if I upgrade to another AMD processor is it likely that my hard drive will work with the new mobo and cpu?
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April 17, 2012 4:29:41 AM

Mobo change calls for a new OS install! Just swapping CPU and you can still use the existing! The hard drive will work if correct interface but OEM windows will not.
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April 17, 2012 4:39:09 AM

So the secondary partition with back up won't work as a way to reinstall the OS I currently have?
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April 17, 2012 4:55:40 AM

CPU upgrade = OK, no OS reinstall.

CPU & Motherboard = NOT OK. Need new licensed copy of OS.

Either way, the hard drive should work in the new PC, but upon first boot up, you will get several error messages: "hardware mismatch."
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April 17, 2012 4:56:56 AM

Cool, thanks for clearing that up for me guys!
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April 17, 2012 4:57:50 AM

Best answer selected by OnyxGunslinger.
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