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New OS With New Motherboard?

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My parents' 1999-vintage ASUS motherboard (PIII, 450 MHz CPU) failed while I was visiting. The required upgrade was a new Intel motherboard (very basic), CPU (P4, 3.2 GHz), memory & power supply. The technician couldn't get his Windows XP Home disks to install using our product key, but succeeded with our original XP Home disk. He downloaded all updates without having to reactivate the license. Subsequent updates have only required us to go through the genuine validation routine.