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February 18, 2013 11:18:47 AM

i purchased an Asus mb with a AMD 3 core cpu and am installing them with my old HDD from my previous system...intel celeron with win xp sp3 32 bit...do i have to re-install my os for this transformation to take place? it would not let me access the dvd drive but it recognizes it's there...when it tries to auto setup it said at one point that it was the wrong platform and would not load the setup files...

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February 18, 2013 11:24:12 AM

Swapping hardware, more specifically your motherboard will need an OS reinstallation if it is not of the same chipset as the last board. Also, if you're using an OEM copy of Windows, it ties itself to your older board and you can only upgrade to a board of the same model, or you can simply call Microsoft, tell them your board died and you can easily get a new license for reinstallation.

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February 18, 2013 12:16:55 PM

mebillunot said:
i purchased an Asus mb with a AMD 3 core cpu and am installing them with my old HDD from my previous system...intel celeron with win xp sp3 32 bit...do i have to re-install my os for this transformation to take place? it would not let me access the dvd drive but it recognizes it's there...when it tries to auto setup it said at one point that it was the wrong platform and would not load the setup files...

I have successfully installed a new motherboard and processor on numerous occasions by starting the OS into safe mode on first boot (F8 during post to make the boot menu appear). Whilst in safe mode remove all drivers related to the motherboard, processor, chipset and graphics (and any other item that relies on motherboard resources) and then restart normally. Windows will then require you to install all the new drivers. I would stress, however, that I usually use this as a stopgap measure after a board failure to get data from applications backed up before doing a clean install of the OS. That said, I have had several machines that have run quite happily without a re-install for many months afterwards until I could get around to doing a fresh install.

Sometimes windows has wanted to re-activate and sometimes not. I think it depends how drastic a change has occurred, e.g.generational change in processor or chipset would re-activate but a simple board replacement doesn't.

Good Luck

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February 19, 2013 1:11:36 AM

Flying-Q said:
I have successfully installed a new motherboard and processor on numerous occasions by starting the OS into safe mode on first boot (F8 during post to make the boot menu appear). Whilst in safe mode remove all drivers related to the motherboard, processor, chipset and graphics (and any other item that relies on motherboard resources) and then restart normally. Windows will then require you to install all the new drivers. I would stress, however, that I usually use this as a stopgap measure after a board failure to get data from applications backed up before doing a clean install of the OS. That said, I have had several machines that have run quite happily without a re-install for many months afterwards until I could get around to doing a fresh install.

Sometimes windows has wanted to re-activate and sometimes not. I think it depends how drastic a change has occurred, e.g.generational change in processor or chipset would re-activate but a simple board replacement doesn't.

Good Luck

Q

thnx Q but in the end i had to reinstall the os...lol at least i was ready for it and it was a breeze!
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February 19, 2013 1:14:32 AM

CDdude55 said:
Swapping hardware, more specifically your motherboard will need an OS reinstallation if it is not of the same chipset as the last board. Also, if you're using an OEM copy of Windows, it ties itself to your older board and you can only upgrade to a board of the same model, or you can simply call Microsoft, tell them your board died and you can easily get a new license for reinstallation.


thnx Dude

inew it would come down to to a reinstall so i was prepaired for it...a long time ago i had to do the same thing i just didnt remember!...and a fine mobo and cpu they are thnx for the reminder
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February 19, 2013 1:14:53 AM

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