I'm building my first computer . I've spent a ton of time learning about all of the parts and made sure they all work together. I'm keeping an old hard drive and case to save myself a little money. My question (probably a dumb one) is after I replace the mother board, cpu, memory, etc... will I be able to attach my hard drive and have windows boot back up. I've been reading a bunch of stuff about bios settings and drivers which is pretty scary. I haven't tried yet because I'm getting a few of the parts for Christmas. I'm trying to figure this out so if there is an issue I can have some time to do some reading to figure it out.
You do not have to do a fresh Install of windows just because you change your Motherboard. There are Two Methods to avoid a full installation.
This method strips all drivers from the hardware confiuration but leaves all programs and data alone. Run SYSPREP and then reinstall all the drivers with the new motherboard. SYSPREP LINK http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=772307
So, like most people I don't actually own the Windows install CD's (in this case XP home). So is my only option to do something like SYSPREP that nfuser suggested or can I do a repair install by just holding F2 (or whatever it is) during boot up to get into a repair install that way? Thanks again