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Old 04-01-2008, 02:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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can I just upgrade my desktop only change the motherboard, CPU, memory only. I want to keep the case and harddrive and DVD rom. Also, can I keep using the exiting windows OS and all file in my old harddrive ? will the old window XP in my old harddrive find the new hardward ?


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Yes you will be able to use your old case, hard drive and DVD ROM, but I don't think you will be able to use your existing installation of Windows with the new parts. I'm pretty sure you will need to re-install that.
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can I just upgrade my desktop only change the motherboard, CPU, memory only. I want to keep the case and harddrive and DVD rom. Also, can I keep using the exiting windows OS and all file in my old harddrive ? will the old window XP in my old harddrive find the new hardward ?


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Between XP Home and XP Pro, I only have experience with XP Pro in this type of situation. All 3 times I've done it, I've had the CD that came with the motherboard handy and simply:

1) Set a restore point
2) Made a manual backup of files and system state
3) Created an image
4) Disabled all hardware that I was about to replace through hardware manager
5) Shut Down
6) Replaced hardware
7) Booted
8) XP came up fine and asked for drivers
9) Had to reboot about 4 more times as new hardware was recognized
10) Final reboot, everything was fine. Never needed to begin a disaster recovery plan

Every other time I've done this was with SBS 2003, 2000 Server and Novel 3.11 and 3.12
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Default Re: upgrade my desktop PC question ?

Simply? Not for some of us...

Anywho, it's always best to perform a clean reinstall of windows if you replace any major parts. Just back up your files to a second harddrive, could be a second harddrive in your current pc, or in another pc, or in an external case. Then format the harddrive you will be installing windows on and install.
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