Does installing a new motherboard and CPU running Windows XP PRO always necessitate "re-installing all applications software"?
Posted on 2005-04-01
I have a PIII 933 with 512MB of RAM, running Win XP Professional.
I have an ADAPTEC RAID CARD, and two 80 GB WDC Hard Drives.
I want/need either to:
1) Upgrade my motherboard and CPU to a faster chip, because I want to do more video editing of AVI's and SWF's.
2) Buy new machine altogether.
I have TONS of "niche-type" software.......that I don't want to have to "re-install" or mess with, if it can be avoided...
My question is this:
If I have a shop install a new, faster CPU and motherboard, I've been told conflicting tales...some people say I "WILL" have to re-install a lot of my existing software....others have said that all that's necessary is for the new motherboard/CPU to be installed, and then a "REPAIR INSTALL" of WinXP Professional would get the machine "back up just like it was".
My main concern is NOT LOSING ANY PRODUCTIVITY TIME......
I'm interested in learning if I should UPGRADE...or if buying a new machine would be "safer" and then I just move the specific video applications over to the new machine...
Also, my 80GB mirrored WDC drives are partitioned, 10GB in "C:" and 70 GB in "E"...and I'm running out of space in "C:" and Partition Magic 7.0 won't allow me to RE-PARTITION a "MIRRORED DRIVE"...that's also why I need to do something...only have 1.6GB of space left on "C:".