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    Used Hardrive on New Motherboard

    Hi guys,

    I want to buy a new mobo, but use my current hardrive which already has XP and a bunch of other licensed apps such as CF, iGuidance and others installed. Do I have to re-install everything from scratch again? Or can I just plug it into the new board and expect everything to work?

    Thanks in advance,
    DominicanJB

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    you can try to just update the drivers-- most times this works, but if that fails, yes, you need to start from scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    you can try to just update the drivers-- most times this works, but if that fails, yes, you need to start from scratch.
    I disagree with you, soundman98.
    With XP and newer, a scratch install is usually necessary, and always the more reliable option.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks guys. I think I found the answer here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125. It looks like I need to start from scratch. I don't mind installing XP from square one. It's the licensed apps that may be a pain.

    Thanks again,
    DominicanJB

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    You do not need to start from scratch. Sometimes with a new motherboard XP will still boot like nothing happened, but new drivers will need to be installed. In most cases, when you try to boot you'll get an endless loop of crashes. The best solution is to do a repair install of Windows. This will keep all of your existing programs and settings intact, but will give you a fresh install of Windows.

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    It all depends on the motherboard.... If it contains most of the same chipsets and is a similar model/driver set... Then you can "CHANCE" this one.
    But i would suggest a clean install for MULTIPLE! reasons...

    1: Reliability - You will lose it the second you do this!
    2: Driver/Windows Updates... MAY break your install
    3: Speed/Excessing files and items loaded into memory...
    4: System may not run as it should... Some drivers wont be correct..

    Overall.. If its XP or above... Reinstall as advised above... Dont chance it.. Simple..

    You will Spend less time backing up the hdd and installing fresh XP .
    You will spend more time trying to fix boot issues and then wishing you had'nt...

    Microsoft operate on hardware ID changes... To many ID's fail on a boot and windows corrupts itself...
    Your next question will be product activation... New MB normally means new windows unless its under warranty.

    *Repair installs are not a fresh copy of windows... It is partial yes, but not complete..


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    I think you should look into the System Preparation tool for Windows. Been a while since I used it, but it basically gets your windows install to a hardware independant state, that can then be ran on any other hardware than what it was originally installed on.

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    and the sys prep tool is for distribution,,, eg new installs
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