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Chocu1a

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#1 13 years ago

I want to upgrade my MoBo, I built my own pc. I have an oem copy of windows xp that I installed. Can I just do a repair install & not purchase a new copy of XP?




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#2 13 years ago

If you already have the seriel key for Windows XP then all you have to do is call them up to activate Windows. No need to go back and buy another copy. But you don't need to reinstall Windows if your just putting in a new motherbored...




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#3 13 years ago

Well, typically, its a good idea to reformat when you replace any piece of hardware in your system, just to get a fresh start, as well as the fact that depending on the hardware, you may have installed software, drivers, etc for it, and that can muck up your system. I ALWAYS recommend reformatting after replacing any hardware in your system. Its just for good measure, and it helps if any issues come up, since you have fewer variables. Its gonna be a pain, but reformat. You'll see a performance increase, as well.




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#4 13 years ago

I don't know if that 'phone Microsoft' idea will work or has worked before, but what I heard was that Windows only works on one motherboard. If you upgrade, you have to buy a new copy (well, some can manage to trick it into thinking it's still on the same board by playing in the BIOS). I'm not sure about this, but that's what a guy who does this stuff for a living told me.

If you have the CD, it might work however. You may have to do a fresh install.




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#5 13 years ago
RevenI don't know if that 'phone Microsoft' idea will work or has worked before, but what I heard was that Windows only works on one motherboard. If you upgrade, you have to buy a new copy (well, some can manage to trick it into thinking it's still on the same board by playing in the BIOS). I'm not sure about this, but that's what a guy who does this stuff for a living told me.

That's the geek equivalent of an old wives' tale. It is true, though, that any one copy of Windows (excepting corporate editions) can only be installed on one computer at a time. Even that is a squishy rule, though, since Windows has no inbuilt measure to prevent the same copy of Windows (or rather, the same key) from being used multiple times at once. Activation is the only guardian of this, and it's quite fallible. The holes in the activation process is why you cannot always reactivate online: by forcing the ocassional phone call, M$ has a better chance of picking out pirated copies.

But I digress.

If you have the OEM version of Windows (the one that comes in a sleeve with a little booklet, all wrapped around a cardboard insert and shrink wrapped), then you can reuse that, despite what some of the FUDs out there claim. If you have a CD that came from an OEM (like Dell or Compaq) then you're screwed, because that's an image that works with their hardware and not much else. You'll have to buy a copy in that case.




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#6 13 years ago
FlakpanzerWell, typically, its a good idea to reformat when you replace any piece of hardware in your system, just to get a fresh start, as well as the fact that depending on the hardware, you may have installed software, drivers, etc for it, and that can muck up your system. I ALWAYS recommend reformatting after replacing any hardware in your system. Its just for good measure, and it helps if any issues come up, since you have fewer variables. Its gonna be a pain, but reformat. You'll see a performance increase, as well.

Not true. I switched out my motherbored 2 times, partioned my HD like crazy and never had to reinstall the OS, and added another HD. But then again I'm on Linux....




Chocu1a

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#7 13 years ago
C38368That's the geek equivalent of an old wives' tale. It is true, though, that any one copy of Windows (excepting corporate editions) can only be installed on one computer at a time. Even that is a squishy rule, though, since Windows has no inbuilt measure to prevent the same copy of Windows (or rather, the same key) from being used multiple times at once. Activation is the only guardian of this, and it's quite fallible. The holes in the activation process is why you cannot always reactivate online: by forcing the ocassional phone call, M$ has a better chance of picking out pirated copies. But I digress. If you have the OEM version of Windows (the one that comes in a sleeve with a little booklet, all wrapped around a cardboard insert and shrink wrapped), then you can reuse that, despite what some of the FUDs out there claim. If you have a CD that came from an OEM (like Dell or Compaq) then you're screwed, because that's an image that works with their hardware and not much else. You'll have to buy a copy in that case.

Ok, I purchased my oem copy seperately. I installed it myself. So I can swap out my MoBo without reactivating? I am still not clear on this. I dont really mind reformatting the hard drive, but I DON'tT want to give Micro$oft more of my money. & I am too chicken$hit to try out linux.:rolleyes:




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#8 13 years ago

Its a crap shoot if you want to install the mobo without reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling windows. It may work fine, it may be hosed up. I have always done a reformat, cause I would get errors from the programs. CA38386 says he could install a new mobo and it worked fine without reinstalling windows. You may have to re-activate windows wether you reformat and reinstall windows or simply install a new mobo and not reinstall windows or you may not with either. If you reinstall windows and activate again, it may go right through and it might not. If you try to reactivate and it says you can't due to significant changes in your system, it will you a link which has a phone number to call ms. Then it will give you a huge (something like 36 number) code to give on the phone (which is an automated response on the other end), if it works it will give you aother big number to enter in a new screen or a person may come on and give you the number. Sound complicated? It isn't really, it steps you through it okay and the call goes through fairly quick. You just have to place the toll free call to get the re-activation.

Oh yea, and since you bought the windows separately, you can re-use it. If you have to re-activate, it is still free.




Chocu1a

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#9 13 years ago
KozmoIts a crap shoot if you want to install the mobo without reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling windows. It may work fine, it may be hosed up. I have always done a reformat, cause I would get errors from the programs. CA38386 says he could install a new mobo and it worked fine without reinstalling windows. You may have to re-activate windows wether you reformat and reinstall windows or simply install a new mobo and not reinstall windows or you may not with either. If you reinstall windows and activate again, it may go right through and it might not. If you try to reactivate and it says you can't due to significant changes in your system, it will you a link which has a phone number to call ms. Then it will give you a huge (something like 36 number) code to give on the phone (which is an automated response on the other end), if it works it will give you aother big number to enter in a new screen or a person may come on and give you the number. Sound complicated? It isn't really, it steps you through it okay and the call goes through fairly quick. You just have to place the toll free call to get the re-activation. Oh yea, and since you bought the windows separately, you can re-use it. If you have to re-activate, it is still free.

That is an answer I can live with. Thank you very much oh mr robato...domo...domo...




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#10 13 years ago

I'm just letting you know the safer more practical (even though more time consuming) route to getting things done with minimal issues later on. For you, you may find it to not be true, but almost everyone else in the world can agree that even though you may be able to make hardware changes without reformatting, you will not get the full capabilities due to the registry already being mixed up, etc, and having prior software for said hardware, therefore causing conflicts. Its your PC, do what you want.




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