Problem Motherboard - I think

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My father has an MSI KM4M-V Socket A MB that appears to be entering the grave. He recently tried to patch a program and following reboot the system has requested reactivation (possibly a problem identifying the MB) and has frequently shutoff cold. His operating system is Windows XP Home Edition. The application being patched was Adobe Acrobat. I know that Adobe's License Managers have been problematic before, but I don't think that's the problem at this time. There is a new power supply now and the system acts the same. So, on to the question.

I want to upgrade his computer to an ASUS K8N-32 SLI Deluxe, Athlon 64 3700, a PCI-Express video card, and 1 Gig of RAM (a lot of changes). Is there a way to update the installation of Windows to include the new MB drivers, CPU, GPU and RAM without losing the HD data? What I mean is just install the Hard Drive to the new MB and update the drivers without causing a problem?
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If your XP CD isn't an SP2 version, you'll first need to create a slipstreamed CD with SP2 [see http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp]

... then just put the hard disk in the new system (do NOT boot) and boot to the CD ==> you can do a Repair Install of XP and that will most likely update everything for you http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Note that a Repair install does NOT always work well; but will in most cases.

... in any event, make a good backup of all the data before you start.

By the way ... if you're buying all the stuff you mentioned from scratch, you should consider building a Core 2 Duo system instead => MUCH better performance for about the same $$.   And you can re-use much of the old system if you use this motherboard (which allows you to use either DDR or DDR2, and either AGP or PCIe video):  http://www.us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18719

Read the reviews of the board here:

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2810
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2813
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2814

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Commented:
Thanks for your help Gary. As luck would have it the MB is all I had to buy new and repairing the installation was something I hoped I could get away with. Thanks
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You're welcome.

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