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When upgrading the motherboard and processor in a Windows computer, could you install the drivers to the hard drive prior to upgrading the motherboard and processor and it boot without problems?

I have a XAMPP MySQL server that my company uses installed on an old Windows 2000 computer and I'm going to upgrade the motherboard and processor. Should I install the new drivers first and then install the motherboard and processor or should I go ahead and use the hard drive that's in it now? I don't want to format the drive I have and it's the only one I've got. What do you think?
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look here for how to do it,but note that it is NOT recommended; best is a fresh install :
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html                  Moving XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694                                "         "   
kadadi_vIT AdminCommented:
If you connect the Hard disk directly then your operating system will be crashed....coz new mbd INF & device drivers are different than older one......For safer side take the backup of your hard disk then make the testing on that new mbd/cpu pc...and no you cannot install the drivers proor without connecting to the Hard disk to that new Motherboard..


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