What to Expect when replacing a motherboard and processor - P3 to P4?

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a compaq 7000T p3 that I plan to upgrade - by replacing the motherboard -ASUS type and a P4 Hyper-Threading processor.  What issues/problems can I expect?  My system is currently running XP Pro, with SP2.

Would I have to reactivate - and get a new product key?  Would making a copy of the WPA.dbl files spare me some aggravation?
Question by:sta5965262
    LVL 69

    Expert Comment

    Replace Motherboard on a Windows XP System

    Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed

    Expert Comment

    Hey  sta596526,

    I just did the same thing with my pc about a week ago and I also did a drive migration for my girlfriend a month ago. The process should go pretty smoothly without incident. The only "issue" you should have to worry about is with XP sending you a whole mess of "found new hardware" messages the first time you boot theOS in its new home. But once the hardrive gets all nice and comfortable in its new shell, you should be straight.

    As far as reactivating your key is concerned. I never had to do it myself but if you do run into that snag, this link may help:;en-us;328784

    Hope this helps


    Accepted Solution

    Made a mistake. the "328784" at the end of that link should be "328874" here it is:;en-us;328874

    please forgive my poor typing skills

    LVL 18

    Expert Comment

    Sysprep prepares windows for different hardware:

    How to use Sysprep with Ghost

    Introduction to cloning a Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP computer

    How to Prepare Images for Disk Duplication with Sysprep

    How to Use Sysprep: An Introduction

    Sysprep Download
    LVL 69

    Expert Comment

    I got this in my feedback:

    "Callandor -

    I also accept your answer too  - I wish that this site allowed more than one acceptable answer!  
    I have printed out your suggestions to this project!

    Thanks a bunch!"

    For future reference, you can press the "Split" button near the bottom to give points to more than one answer.  You will be asked for how many points to allocate to each accepted answer (20 is the minimum).

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Maximize Your Threat Intelligence Reporting

    Reporting is one of the most important and least talked about aspects of a world-class threat intelligence program. Here’s how to do it right.

    Are you unable to synchronize your OST (Offline Storage Table) file with Microsoft Exchange Server? Is your OST file exceeding 2 GB size limit? In Microsoft Outlook 2002 and earlier versions, there is a 2 GB size limit for the OST file. If the file …
    If you have done a reformat of your hard drive and proceeded to do a successful Windows XP installation, you may notice that a choice between two operating systems when you start up the machine. Here is how to get rid of this: Click Start Clic…
    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…
    Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

    737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    19 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now