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Installing a new Motherboard with WinXP

By cvjack ·
I have a system that is running WinXP (Home) and would like to upgrade to a faster motherboard and larger hard drive. How can this be accomplished considering the dumbass protection WinXP now has? The computer store tells me that they'll have to load WinXP from scratch. Then I'll have to convince Microshaft that I need a new activation code. Can't they simply copy my old hard drive over to the new one... then install my new motherboard? Win98 worked like that.... Damn, I am so sorry I upgraded to WinXP! Any help would be appreciated.

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by dmiles In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...

No,you will need to contact Microsoft for activation code to install XP on the other computer becusae it records the system configuration.
You will need to do a clean install.

Call Microsoft support and explain what has been done and theey should give you the activation change.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...

Unfortunately, you can't just copy a OS (especially newer ones) from hard drive to hard drive and expect it to work properly. The fact that you are throwing a new motherboard into the mix aggravates the problem. It is mainly a driver issue.

Even if you just took your old hard drive and plugged it into your new motherboard, there is no guarentee it would work properly because of drivers. Chances are very good you would end up with a INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE Stop error because you hard drive doesn't have the necessary motherboard drivers installed (especially IDE bus drivers) to recognize your hard drive. Reloading XP (or any OS) from scratch is the the safest way to prevent this problem.

As far as re-Activation: with a re-install of XP, you will need to activate it again anyway. It is just a question of whether you can do it online or have to call Microsoft. The Microsoft Web-site says "If you overhaul your computer by replacing a substantial number of hardware components, it may appear to be a different PC."
As far as convincing Microsoft, I haven't heard of anyone having any problems once they explain what is going on. Its just a matter of the hassle of waiting to talk to Tech Support. At least it's a toll-freecall.

I'm sorry you don't like the hassle, but things get more complicated when you install new and more complicated software.

If you don't like Microsoft, you could always go with Linux or (ugh), A Mac.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...

I never had this problem with Win9x - which I'm definitely going back to. Since loading Win98SE four years ago I've had two motherboard upgrades and three hard drive changes - all went smoothly - and I didn't have to reload my entire system each time. This crap with WinXP is totally unacceptable. My opinion - WinXP is garbage. It's far worse than any virus I've ever seen or heard of. Half of my programs won't work with it - it's definitely slower than '98 - networking is more complicated and now I'm told that any hardware changes I make could result in me having to reload 120 Gigs of software?? Bullsh*t!!!! I'm going to return XP to the store where it came from and uninstall it from my system forever. The best operating system Microshaft ever made is Win98SE, which I'll continue to use - forever - screw XP, screw Microshaft!

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by timwalsh In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...

Repost (I hate these time-out issues!)

Unfortunately, you can't just copy a OS (especially newer ones) from hard drive to hard drive and expect it to work properly. The fact that you are throwing a new motherboard into the mix aggravates the problem. It is mainly a driver issue.

Even if you just took your old hard drive and plugged it into your new motherboard, there is no guarentee it would work properly because of drivers. Chances are very good you would end up with a INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE Stop error because you hard drive doesn't have the necessary motherboard drivers installed (especially IDE bus drivers) to recognize your hard drive. Reloading XP (or any OS) from scratch is the the safest way to prevent this problem.

As far as re-Activation: with a re-install of XP, you will need to activate it again anyway. It is just a question of whether you can do it online or have to call Microsoft. The Microsoft Web-site says "If you overhaul your computer by replacing a substantial number of hardware components, it may appear to be a different PC."
As far as convincing Microsoft, I haven't heard of anyone having any problems once they explain what is going on. Its just a matter of the hassle of waiting to talk to Tech Support. At least it's a toll-free call.

I'm sorry you don't like the hassle, but things get more complicated when you install new and more complicated software.

If you don't like Microsoft, you could always go with Linux or (ugh), A Mac.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...
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Installing a new Motherboard with WinXP

by TheChas In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...

Your computer store is correct.

In addition to it being good practice to re-install the OS from scratch when upgrading a motherboard (even under W9.

There is the product activation issue.
There have been several reports in this forum of WindowsXP not booting up after changing out the motherboard.

The more hardware that stays the same, the better your chances of having a system swap work.

The main components of WPA are:
Motherboard
RAM
CPU
NIC
and the hard drive.

Change any 3 within a 3 month window, and you are apt to trigger a Product Activation event.

The good news is, that Microsoft is being reasonably accomadating with re-activation requests for system upgrades.

Even if you wipe your hard drive on an existing system and re-install XP, you will have to call Microsoft to activate the re-install.
The web based activation only works once per OS license.

Chas

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Installing a new Motherbo ...

See my comments to answer 2 above... I'm done with XP. It's absolute garbage. Going back to Win98SE. The only problem is that I now have to somehow uninstall this XP disaster. And I've been told that if I do that, I should be prepared to lose all ofmy data because the uninstall never works. Isn't that special....

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