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I recently bought a new mainboard for my fiance's rig. I was wondering if I could just swap the motherboards, keeping the same components without reinstalling windows xp all over again.

I've tried it before and ended up not being able to boot up, even in safe mode.

A friend of mine told me you can do it as long as you boot into safe mode the very first time you boot after you install the new board. While in safe mode, using device manager, uninstall every single thing in there. Then reboot. He said it would reconfigure and install all the drivers correctly.

Has anyone else tried this? Im wondering if I should uninstall everything before I remove the old board.
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Do a repair with the XP disk when you install the new mobo.
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Sometimes you can, sometimes you can't. That's about the simplest way I can think of it. Couple times I just threw in a new motherboard, Windows took a little longer to load than normal, and it was fine. Other times I got BSOD or it just hangs. First thing you can do is look in the BIOS of the new board and see if there's anything about resetting ESCD (Electronic System Configuartion Data) or something to that extent. If not, as not2bad says, you can just do a Windows repair where it'll install all the Windows core files and leave all your other things alone.
    
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Well then tomorrow the transplant operation begins. Thanks!
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This was a helpful thread seeing as I'm swapping my mobo as well.

So if you get a BSOD or it wont boot, you can just insert the XP disc and choose to install core files without overwriting all of your files?
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my comp has media center,,but i dont have a cd. As I have a regular xp disk, will this work for the repair part or do i need to get media center cd?
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my comp has media center,,but i dont have a cd. As I have a regular xp disk, will this work for the repair part or do i need to get media center cd?
Is it the install CD that came with the computer? If not, it will most likely just install the regular version. I think some copies give you the option when installing it.
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actually my comp is a vaio . The OS is on a hidden partition on teh hard drive. You hit F10 on startup, and it activates the restore function. There are no discs that came with the comp. any ideas?
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I would just say be careful about it. Like yiffy says, sometimes it works and sometimes not. I've actually had it not work more times than it has, maybe for others it's the other way around. You can do the repair or whatever, but I'd also say you should backup whatever is important to you before you do it. When I change a mobo though, I usually like to backup all my stuff, then wipe the drive and start fresh, but that's just me I like it clean.
    
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actually my comp is a vaio . The OS is on a hidden partition on teh hard drive. You hit F10 on startup, and it activates the restore function. There are no discs that came with the comp. any ideas?
That kinda sucks. So if your hard drive crashes, you might lose your copy of your OS and it seems they want you to go spend money having some pc repair shop fix it. Personally, I would download a copy of xp via bit torrent since you already own it. Burn it to CD, and use that to restore. Just make sure you get a good bootable copy of it.

I like a clean install also. But when upgrading someone elses computer, they get all goofy about it not being the way they had it before.
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