Data Loss on CPU and Mobo Upgrade?

Posted on 2008-11-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-10
Hi all,
I am getting resady to upgrade my system with a new CPU and board. Going from Socket 939 to AM2. I have two hard drive, one just for storage and the main one runs the apps, etc. I'm running Win XP. I upgraded my system a few years ago under the watchful eye of my hardware guru buddy, and I thought I had a problem with Windows croaking, having to be reinstalled, thereby reformatting the drive.

Is this a guaranteed circumstance with a CPU/board overhaul like this? Thanks, guys.
Question by:Minion1
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    Accepted Solution

    It usually is, as a different HAL needs to be installed to access the different hardware properly, other drivers are necessary etc. Also, Windows is activated for the hardware it is currently installed on. Putting this license on different hardware will at least require reactivation. If it is an OEM version of windows, then it is bound to the original hardware it was activated on.

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    You may have trouble with Windows XP but the rest of your apps should install OK unless they are tied to hardware or have a limited number of installs permitted (some games have limited installs).

    Make sure all of your data is on your data hard disk.  This includes email, address book, Internet favorites and make sure this is done on a restricted account otherwise you will probably have problems accessing the data.
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    read this for more info -  a repair install usually helps; but not always :
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    sorry  - wrong link above; should be :                  Moving XP                                "         "  

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    Thanks, guys. I need just back everything up to be safe, lol.

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