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OS reinstall after Duron to Athlon XP upgrade? Please read, compile and input response!

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I have recently upgraded from a Duron 1300 and K7VZA mb to an AMD XP 2400 on a K7S8X mb. I had a dual OS WinXP and Win98. With the new hardware my pc goes to the dual OS choice screen and restarts every time I choose XP. If I choose Win98 it continues normally and the system is operational (if one does not mind the reinstallation of a million drivers and so on…) Now, I have a second computer, it’s always best if you can afford one, which I used for cross testing. It’s running on Win98 only but does its job. When I confronted this second computer with the new hardware I was pretty sure that it will work fine, given my prior experience with the first computer where the new hardware seemed to have no problem on Win 98. Well, at least it tries! It enters the Win98 just up to the first “new hardware found - PCI to PCI port etc. bla bla bla” screen then we are stuck ladies and gentlemen … because no input method is available. Both my mouse and keyboard don’t work now – although they have no physical problem, cables OK, the keyboard works fine at the start up (when I enter BIOS Setup for example)
I seem to have failed in my quest to perform an upgrade without OS reinstall. Last night I even had a confirmation of my failure when I found an old hard disk and installed Win 98 just to see what happens. It worked fine…but that was not the solution I was looking for. I don’t want to reinstall. I’ve got my system working perfectly  and it will be too much work to do it again. Could someone shed some light on this issue? Was my quest doomed to failure from the beginning? Was I too stupid (or too misinformed on current hardware affairs) to even attempt such a project? I would greatly appreciate your hints ant tips.  
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I have the K7S8X mobo with a 2500XP and used the upgrade method slink9 outlined. Its really easy and works. I had a some problems with older drivers in the windows INF drivers folder and ended up deleting those drivers entirely and then reran the latest drivers in safe mode rebooting after each install into the deskop. I also had to go into registry and delete the REINSTALL driver folders to get rid of a "drivers not found error."  
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