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upgrade cpu,motherboard,ram use hard drives from old computer


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I want upgrade cpu,motherboard,ram and use hard drives from old computer with windows xp and my programs, data and such.

Will windows boot with the new equipement using my hard drive(s) with all my programs and data on it?

I do not want to have to install windows and all my programs again.

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Howdy:

Nope.. you will need to run a "repair" at the very minimum using the XP cd.

Also, if your XP cd is OEM (came with a different system), then you can't even use that cd as it goes against Microsoft's EULA. You would need to buy a new retail version of XP.

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I have the org. disk so I can do a repair of windows on my first boot and then install the drivers for my new devices, and this should let me keep my data and orginal installed programs without having to reinstall all of my programs and data?

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I have the org. disk so I can do a repair of windows on my first boot and then install the drivers for my new devices, and this should let me keep my data and orginal installed programs without having to reinstall all of my programs and data?

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The "original disk" doesn't matter. The second you changed the mobo, you made an entirely different computer. If your cd is OEM, there is a good chance it won't even work as nothing on the new mobo would meet the specs the install cd was looking for.

What was the make of your original computer - the one the XP cd came with?

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My cd for windows xp was a bought retail upgrade version from best buy.

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Okay.. That means you would still need to run the repair option. Tough call here as an upgrade requires a suitable upgrade media in order to install. That means if you used a WinME or 98SE or W2K operating system to use the upgrade, the XP license is tied to the original operating system. That means you may still be in violation of Microsoft's EULA.

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