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    Here is the question, I'm replacing the mother board, processor, and ram. I'm affraid that when I restart the comp. all my files or programs...or whatever are going to be jacked up.

    Is there anything special that I should have to do before I replace those items.

    Will everything (crossing fingers) be just like was before? (except faster)

    I am running XP

    Here is what I have
    Old Mother Board
    750 Pentium
    396mb Ram

    Here is what I'm putting in
    Gigabyte Mother Board
    512mb drr2700
    AMD 1gig (I just have laying around till I get some $ for a faster one)
    BossTone74

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    I recommend a fresh install (format hdd). copy the files over network or burn you want to keep
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    • #3
      in theory it'll work.. but if it does it'll slow down your system big time. I'd backup and do a fresh-install..
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      • #4
        in my experience: when uprgading from my old P3 to Leadtek mobo w/ 512 ddr Athlon XP system w/ Win2K installed, Win didnt boot up on the new system. However, Linux Mandrake 9.0 worked fine. Then, a few months later, using WinXP and just changed the mobo (same chip even - nVidia) to FIC, XP worked just fine (as a matter of fact still running) but Mandrake 9.1 didnt wanna boot up for some reason.

        So I would go w/ what everyone else recommended - back up, format, install!
        Hope that helps
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        • #5
          Windows has a LOT of stuff regarding hardware in the registry. If you change the motherboard on a windows box it tends to have an aneurism and die a fast, but painful death.

          You might be able to do it by deleting the ENUM from your registry. I've never done it myself, but I've been told it works.

          Do a reformat and reinstall. It will save headaches in the future.

          If you do go ahead and erase the ENUM, please don't hurt me if it destroys things.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by fluffy2097
            Windows has a LOT of stuff regarding hardware in the registry. If you change the motherboard on a windows box it tends to have an aneurism and die a fast, but painful death.

            You might be able to do it by deleting the ENUM from your registry. I've never done it myself, but I've been told it works.

            Do a reformat and reinstall. It will save headaches in the future.

            If you do go ahead and erase the ENUM, please don't hurt me if it destroys things.

            Thanks for all the suggestions?

            Any more?
            BossTone74

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bosstone74
              Thanks for all the suggestions?

              Any more?
              Try this... from the i386 folder on your windows nt cdrom run winnt32.exe and choose upgrade.... after it copies files it will shutdown... after it shuts down turn it off before or during POST but don't let it start up. remove HD and transplant... this will force HAL and driver updates for new motherboard. its actually even easier with sysprep

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