Replacing a motherboard - must I reinstall the OS from scratch?
Ive just bought a replacement motherboard for a friend, with DDR2 memory & a P4 dual core CPU. I am proposing to install the mb into the existing case with its power supply, hard drive, DVD drive & fan. My question is this - when I reboot the system from the existing C drive (its perfectly OK, Ive checked it):
(1) Will Windows (XP Home) simply allow me to reinstall all the hardware drivers; or
(2) Will I have to reinstall the operating system itself from scratch?
Of course I will have the installation CD that comes with the new mb, with the appropriate drivers. However if Im forced into option 2 Ill have a problem because my friend bought her PC 3-4 years ago and it came with an OEM version of XP pre-installed, so theres no OS disk. I doubt very much whether she has the knowledge to have ever created an emergency boot CD.
We can always buy another copy of the OS, I know, but shes not well off financially so Im trying to do it for her for the lowest cost possible.