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new hardware with XP...............

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ballpark570, Feb 11, 2005.

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  1. ballpark570

    ballpark570 Thread Starter

    Feb 11, 2005
    I recently installed the windows XP operateing system to my old pc over Windows ME. A week later the motherboard died. I found a new motherboard on ebay and I am awaiting it's arrival.

    I have been told that I will not be able to use the Windows XP from my old hard drive on the new motherboard because it has already been activated on another motherboard. Can someone shed some light on this topic for me?. What should I expect when I put everything back together on the new replacement motherboard I have bought?. The new motherboard is not an exact replacement for the Gateway. It's just one I found that is kinda close in specs.

    Thank you in advance for your thoughts.......Rick
  2. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    You will be much better off performing a clean install of XP this time . . you can do that with a upgrade version. You may have to call Microsoft to activate the COA, but it is quick and painless . . just tell them you replaced the motherboard . .

    This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.


  3. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    A couple of times I've swapped motherboard with no problems. Just booted to the XP CD and did a repair install. Sure worth a try. If it doesn't you aren't out that much. But if it does, you sure saved yourself a lot of time.
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