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Hardware upgrade Windows NT 4.0 Workstat

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I need to upgrade a Windows NT 4.0 Workstation to a Pentium 3 766mhz processor. In order to do this I need to replace the systemboard, processor and ram. I need to know the easiest way to change the hardware and reconfigure windows nt without havingto completely reload the operating system. Does anyone know?

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by A777 In reply to Hardware upgrade Windows ...

Just don't change the hard drive.

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by service In reply to Hardware upgrade Windows ...

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by calves In reply to Hardware upgrade Windows ...

Install the plug&play option for NT so that when you change system, the O.S. can be updated with the new drivers. Have your installation stuff handy.
To install PnP use your NTWS CD and go to ...DRVLIB\PNPISA\X86\PNPISA right click on the file and select install. Reboot and then move your HD to the new system.

Good Luck!

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by simon.wellborne In reply to Hardware upgrade Windows ...

The PNPISA.inf only controls Legacy ISA boards. All PCI boards should be fine, provided you maintain slot numbers, ie: If the NIC comes from slot 1 on the ld board, place it in slot 1 on the new board. If not, you'll end up reloading everything.
Sometimes the easiest way is to remove all of the peripherals from the old system first, remove corresponding drivers from NT, make sure the system still works, then do the system board change. Then re-install the peripherals and then laod drivers etc.

You may still find that NT will Blue Screen due to changes - but this is the chance you take.

I've had a 50/50 success rate in doing this, so I wish you well.

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by Curious_George In reply to Hardware upgrade Windows ...

Make a duplicate hard drive with ghost or drive image pro first
Take the drive you want in the new system and run it on the old system, remove the drivers to any hardware that will not be present on the new system, leave all the others, especiallySCSI drivers. Then just swap the hardware and install any new drivers. Nt seldom requires special M.B., RAM, or CPU drivers, so there really shouldn't be much problem.

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by przemekf In reply to Hardware upgrade Windows ...

I would simply make a new hardware profile with the new hardware specs...set it to prompt before loading and when rebooting the os should give you the option between the old hardware and the newly installed hardware.. just like having a removable HD.
I just learned and tested it in class so its relatively inexperienced advice but it seems to work for me. good luck !

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