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replaced mother board on xp machine

By koko122333 ·
on a machine runninmg xp pro, the system board failed and replaced with
different one.
how can i recover the xp so it will run on this new board and would not need to reinstall xp and all other applications and data.
right now the pc keeps rebouting it salfe and the same in safe mode.
thank you

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by CG IT In reply to replaced mother board on ...

install the board drivers

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by koko122333 In reply to

cant install any thing as the pc doesnt boot. not in normal nor in safe mode. it keeps rebooting it self

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by wcp In reply to replaced mother board on ...


1. Repace the MB with exactly the same as previous one.

2. Replace the MB with same chipset.

3. Keep the current MB.

Option 2 may require reinstallation of Windows on top of the current one. You do not need to reinstall applications.

Option 3 REQUIRES reinstallation of Windows on top of the current one. There is no other way.

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by jschein In reply to replaced mother board on ...

Only way to do this with a different motherboard takes time...

1. You need the old motherboard (if it boots up) or another one which is identical.

2. Boot into the system, goto device manager. REMOVE EVERY DEVICE.

3. Shutdown the system, unplug it, swap out motherboard with brand new one.

4. Turn it on and install all the drivers for your new motherboard.

If you old mobo is INOP or you do not have an identical one, you will end up re-installing everything.

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by CG IT In reply to replaced mother board on ...

I took your question at face value when you say it keeps rebouting it salfe ind the dame in safe mode to mean it boots to safe mode. If your in safe mode, just install the board drivers and reinstall hardware drivers

BUT if it won't boot at all, your screwed unless you use the EXACT same mainboard. Your not so screwed if you installed XP on a partition by itself and all other programs and files you installed on other partitions and/or other drives. Just reinstall XP on the C drive and recreate shortcuts to the desktop. Most consumer level users don't do this and lose everything. Most consumer level mfgs don't partition out their drives and just create one huge c drive which screws the user.

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by CG IT In reply to

Just about all the IT techs I know install the O/S on it's own partition with everything else installed on other partitions just for this reason [and for performance if they partition out the swap drive]. Most consumer level users I know haven't a clue to do this and the reasons why to do it.
Again, if you can't replace your mainboard with the exact same mainboard, your screwed and with XP, you just might trip the product activation requirement again if you substantially change the system configuration.

oh well.

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by TheChas In reply to replaced mother board on ...

As you have learned, XP does not like being moved to different hardware.

The "recommended method to do this is to:

Back up the system. Less the hardware abstraction layer.

Install XP clean onto a formatted hard drive.

Restore from your backup.

Since you do not have the option to backup in advance, you have 2 options:

Boot from your XP CD and choose repair.

Try the tricks posted at Windows Install Guides:



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by Boli In reply to replaced mother board on ...

why hasnt any 1 said this...

XP pro yeah? OEM? FULL VERSION? lets hope so...
just put the disk in and boot from the XP disk and either get the XP disk to fix it(recovery console) or just reinstall XP the way where it doesnt delete anthing!

that works

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by rkoenn In reply to replaced mother board on ...

There is one way I have found that seems to work pretty good. As others mentioned, XP does not like major hardware changes, it usually crashes during the next boot and safe mode doesn't fix it either. I found that reinstalling off the CD, booting from the CD, and at the point where XP says it has found an XP installation on the drive, select the repair procedure. Don't select the initial repair option as you only end up with a command prompt which for this purpose is basically useless. Run the repair install which goes like a clean install and it seems to redetect all the hardware and replaces the old drivers causing the problem. Then you can run normally and install the new motherboard drivers. This seems to work in most cases although a hosed XP might still cause it to fail. All your previous software will still run without the need to reinstall it.

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by wlbowers In reply to replaced mother board on ...

You need to do an in place upgrade. This is described in detail in the Microsoft Knowledgebase article Q315341


This procedure is a last resort before reinstalling the operating system. Note that the time required to complete the following procedure is equal to the time that it takes to reinstall the operating system.

This will keep you programs and data intact. You might loose some of the user preference settings for your programs.

Good Luck Lee

PS: The article for performing this on Win2000 is Q292175

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