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Too risky to change motherboard on Win 98 PC?

Hello,

I have a Dell PC running Windows 98.  I want to install an entirely new motherboard and processor without disrupting the Operating System at all.  In other words, when you turn the PC on, all you should notice is that it runs faster.  It should still boot into Windows 98 and not lose any data, and all apps should still run the same.  Does this sound possible?  Or am I taking a big risk of hardware conflicts and incompatibilities?

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Dan
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It may be possible but never take that risk. I would have to say that you would have a 80% failure rate. If you do decide to do, this Back up any data you wish to save.
I agree completely.  It's possible that it could work, but unlikely.  The amount of homework and research you'd need to do to make sure everything is compatible is greater than the amount of work to backup your data and reinstall everything from scratch.

Having said that, I'd suggest that you consider backing up all your data, swapping stuff, and then reinstalling the OS, drivers, and all applications.  It's only a few hours work (if nothing goes wrong), and you'll have a marvellously clean system, on top of the new hardware.  There are many people who do this every year or two, without hardware changes, just to keep their systems running smoothly.
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Oh I just saw " DELL" is trouble regarding Motherboards(mobo). You have to check if it's a ATX standard size MOBO or a proprietary one.
Sometimes you cant even get a standard sized mobo to fit in them DELL cases.
If you want a flexible system avoid brand names like DELL, HP/COMPAQ, Fujitsu-siemens.
Normally they have special mobo and Psu's. Rest of the hardware is the same as in "Bamboo" PC's

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forgot:
the standard w98 IDE/ATAPI drivers will 'usually' work in a pinch, but not as good as the correct mobo drivers will.
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dballanco,

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Thank you much.    : )