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I am upgrading my Compaq 266 mHz to a Compaq 500 mHz machine.  Can I just swap out the HD, CD burner, and video card into new machine without re-installing anything?
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by:Pete Long
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if its windows 98 then yes though it will ask for drivers

if its windows 2000 probably not :(

same for XP though its more resliant that 2000
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello networth10 =)

What OS are u using right now on ur hard drive ??
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I have Windows XP home installed also a bunch of digital software.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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ok then u can have a look here, if u have the courage to do this all ;-)

How to Move a Windows XP Installation to Different Hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;nl;314070


otherwise a Repair is always the Most easy and secure way :)

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315341

Or this site explains a Repair with pics: (Click on How To Run a Repair Install)
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm

Good Luck =)
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Looks like it would be simplest and safest to just back up my data and reformat and install XP on it once I get it into the new machine.  The new machine only has a 6 gig HD and my current one is 30 gig.  Just a big pain in the keister, darn!  I was hoping for a simple way out.  Thanks for your help.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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a Repair will also do the job for u,,, but if u are ready to format and fresh install.... its totally ur choice =)

!! Good Luck !!
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A repair will probably work for you as it refreshes the HAL (hardware extraction layer) that sits between XP and the hardware - this is what would fail if you just plugged it in and booted up.

Like I said XP is a lot more resiliant (for a version of NT) but to be honest If you do a fresh install - you wont be carrying over any baggage thats hanging around from uninstalled programs and junk that breeds in the registry.

if youve got the time and backup media, do a fresh install and restore your stuff
dont forget your favourites folder! I made that mistake many moons ago :(

you can bend XP a long way - but like anything else the more you bend it the more likely it is to break.

regards
PL
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by:bobo_tech
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You know, he is moivng from a 266 p2 to a 500mhz p3.  They both will have the slot motherboards (most likely) and there is a good chance the motherboards are the same chipset.  I would go ahead and put the hard drive in the new machine and see if it just boots up.  It iwll most likely discovber a bunch of new hardware but I'm betting that with the simliarlity of the cpu's and the boards/chipsets, that it will just work.

They are probably stil lboth BX chipsets.  or at worst, the 266 is a LX and the 500 is a BX but i have put hdd's from LX boards onto BX boards and they do work.
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by:bobo_tech
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One more note, he is using the same video card which means that is one less issue that might cause problems.  Also, i sure had a ton of mispellings in my last post.  Sorry about that.  My mind types faster than my fingers.

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ThanQ
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by:networth10
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Just an FYI- I decided to drop in the new hardware for kicks without a new install or repair and guess what-it worked.  XP updated everything and everything is working like cake and pie.  Only one problem and that was with activation.  Since the old PC crashed way too much I have "overdrawn" on my activations.  I need to call MS-don't see it being a big deal just way to lose some time.

Thanks for all the help!
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