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Ok so i just ordered these bad boys and i expect them to show up on tuesday/wednesday.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145590
Corsair XMS2

I already have an intel e6300 and intel DG965HW mobo so now i just need the ram. ( i know im going to the dark side )

So now when i uninstall my old AMD parts and install my new intel stuff will i need to wipe my windows and start over, or can it be used again?

Also i should uninstall my old AMD drivers before i switch out the parts right? then install new hardware and install the drivers? correct?
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Recommended that you install fresh windows whenever switching mobos
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You will probably have to reinstall windows but there is a small chance you won't
    
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Yes almost a guarentee you will need to re-install windows especially going AMD to intel. I've seen several cases of upgrades like your doing and computers refuse to boot up without a format.

And to be honest, a new computer, I'd format anyways. Just backup your stuff and format with a fresh install of windows. That way you will get no conflicts of drivers possibly left behind from the uninstaller and you just get a fresh start on a nice rig....

PS> if you don't format make sure to use a driver cleaner after you remove your drivers with Add or Remove programs just to make sure!

Good luck with the new rig
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I always do a completely reinstall of windows when changing my motherboard.

You most likely WILL have to call microsoft and tell them, atleast I have had to every time I install it on a different motherboard.
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You could perform a Windows "Repair" with the likelihood of a positive outcome being ~80%. It would be higher, but a move from a different CPU/Chipset can cause more problems.

Performing a Windows XP Repair

Steps to Perform a No-Reformat System Repair/Reinstallation:
  1. Insert your Windows XP Setup CD and then boot from this XP setup CD to gain access to the no-reformat repair/reinstall option.



  2. Let the CD boot proceed normally and automatically through "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware..." to the "Windows Setup" screen.


  3. The "Starting Windows" screen is the setup process initialization.


  4. The "Welcome to Setup" screen is poorly worded; the "Repair" option we want isn't the one explicitly offered here. This is the Command Console Repair method.


  5. The licensing screen gives no indication that this is a Repair and not a brand-new, from-scratch installation. Don't worry though, you are engaged in the "Repair/Reinstallation" process.


  6. Even though there is no indiction, you're still on track for a nondestructive reinstall.


  7. Setup begins to refer to a Repair option. Here, Setup should have found your XP setup, which you can select and then press R to start the nondestructive repair.


  8. The Repair operation replaces all system files with fresh copies from the CD.


  9. Setup retains what it can in the current Registry so that already-installed hardware and software will remain installed. The process of creating a "Re-Enumeration" of your new hardware will begin next.


  10. With the system files freshly copied and the Registry ready for rebuilding, the system needs to reboot. Remove the CD from the drive so that the PC will boot to the hard drive instead of to the CD unless you have hot-keyed your boot process and have the initial boot from CMOS to the Hard drive. In this case just let the boot process continue.


  11. When Setup resumes, it will appear that you're performing a full, from-scratch setup. You are NOT! You are still indeed repairing your existing version of XP.


  12. You now need to install your original serial to continue the Repair/Reinstalltion procedure.


  13. The Repair version of the setup process skips or shortens many steps because it already has the information it needs from the existing setup. For example, Repair's "installing devices" and the network setup steps are both much faster and require less user input than a new setup does.


  14. Just as with "installing devices," the network setup proceeds rapidly because Setup can reuse many of the configuration details from the current installation. In fact, a Repair setup takes far less time than the installation progress bar indicates.


  15. The "completing installation" screen means most of the installation work has completed, and you're just minutes away from finishing the repair operation.


  16. With the bulk of the repair work done, your PC needs to reboot once more and will do so automatically. The reboot will take a bit longer than a standard boot, but this is normal.


  17. The Repair process ends with still more screens borrowed from the full setup.


  18. The final steps in the Repair process pass very quickly, and you'll soon reach the last screen in the Repair operation, a "thank you."


  19. With a final, fully normal reboot, you're done. Your copy of XP should be as good as new, but with all your previously installed hardware, software, and user configuration data undamaged! This is not perfect. There can be unresolved issues that remain if there were issues in the previous system and sometimes issues can occur with drastic hardware changes that do not enumerate correctly.



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you don't HAVE to, I've switched from a Gigabyte k8 kau agp mobo to this one and I didn't reformat, however it doesn't perform right, so i was forced to reformat, good thing I partitioned my drive.
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wow thanks for all the help guys, i decided im going to do a fresh install.

Does anybody know how the vista RC1 performs?

Im trying to decide if i should just install XP or install Vista RC1?

The only thing im worried about is my drivers and games not running correctly. Can anybody assure me that i will be able to game on RC1?
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wow thanks for all the help guys, i decided im going to do a fresh install.

Does anybody know how the vista RC1 performs?

Im trying to decide if i should just install XP or install Vista RC1?

The only thing im worried about is my drivers and games not running correctly. Can anybody assure me that i will be able to game on RC1?
I had RC1 on my other patition, if runs BF2 fine, exept the terrain isnt perfect, runs 60fps. Though it refused to install through my regular CD drive, i had to go through my DVD+RW drive, wierd.

The Vista Final (build 6000/RTM/ w.e) is alot more stable, and the terrain in BF2 is fixed, just FYI.

If you're unsure, split ur drive in half with like two 100gb partitions, and install XP on one and Vista on the other for dual boot.
    
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Another question how do i wipe my HD if i wanna? do i put in the windows CD and select delete HD or somthing? If there is a better way plz let me know
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