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Will I have to reinstall XP if I install a new mobo?

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Last time I installed a new mobo, I ended up reinstalling XP since it wouldn't boot. I am about to install another mobo. Is there any way I can avoid having to reinstall XP?
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post #2 of 18
Nope. Whenever you install a new mobo, you have to reinstall the OS.
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All I had to do when I had a new mobo is just re-activate XP with a different code. Everything worked perfectly.
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post #4 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sekigahara View Post
Nope. Whenever you install a new mobo, you have to reinstall the OS.
Wrong.


If the new motherboard uses the same or simular chipset, you are usually ok. If it does not, you have to uninstall drivers and try a Windows Repair. If that doesn't work, then reinstall.
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you might be able to get away with just doing a repair on the OS
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post #6 of 18
Unless you are replaceing the motherboard with an identical one from RMA then you won't need to reinstall Windows. However, if the motherboard is a different model then you'll most defaintely have to reinstall the entire operating system in order to avoid driver conflicts. Even if the motherboard uses the same chipset, but is a different model, there can be issues as different models use different onboard devices for audio, USB, firewire, networking, etc. Also worthy of note is that different manufacturers use different board layouts, so in these cases the fact that chipsets may be the same is redundant as well.

Just reinstall the operating system.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 5/23/08 at 7:29am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Wrong.


If the new motherboard uses the same or similar chipset, you are usually ok. If it does not, you have to uninstall drivers and try a Windows Repair. If that doesn't work, then reinstall.
Personal experience has taught me rule of thumb is to reinstall the OS whenever you install a new mobo. It doesn't take a lot of time to reinstall Windows in comparison to have to fuddle around with chipset compatibility and drivers.
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post #8 of 18
Repair install should be okay--no need to reformat/reinstall.
    
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Hmmmmmmmmm... I went from a 915 chip to a 35 and did not have to reinstall windows..
    
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post #10 of 18
It's usually best to reformat/reinstall, but I have sucessfully made major motherboard changes without having to do so.

If you remove all drivers specific to your system that you, or Windows, has installed chances are that you will not need to reinstall windows. Everything should be redetected on the first boot with the new MB; you install drivers and should be good to go. Still, I don't recommend this as problems often crop up unless you are very careful.
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