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Old 10-24-2004, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New mobo, need advice on OS!

Hi, I want to upgrade my motherboard on my computer and i'm wondering if I can just plug my HD in with windows xp home on it, and will it work? No disk came with it when i bought my computer, so I'm worried that I'll have to buy a new copy of it just b/c i want to upgrade my mobo.

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Old 10-24-2004, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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standard procedure is that you go for a reformat when plugging in a HD to a new mobo simply because the HD an OS need the new chipset drivers and such when booting. answer your question more than likely you will have to reinstall XP or win2k. When you bought your computer, if it was from a manufacturer or business, it should have come with the disk.....if you bought it from a private party then you'll have to get a new copy to do this.

now there has been a time or two when i plugged the old HD in to the mobo and it worked with no probs. but like just recently when building a friends system i had to start completely anew with a clean format and install. time consuming but worth it in the long run.

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It might work, it might not. I've seen both results when I tried to do it on different computers.
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