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Solved: XP reinstall after mobo change

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by infojunky50, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. infojunky50

    infojunky50 Thread Starter

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    I replaced the motherboard, power supply and RAM in a computer. (Power surge fried it)THe processor was ok and is on the new mobo.I have all the stuff off the harddrive after slaving it to another computer. It came with only the recovery discs, not a WinXP cd. It reloaded ok but Windows won't start. Will a reapir with an XP cd do the trick and will I have to beg MS for activation because of the mobo change? I hate to spend $130 for another copy of XP if I don't have to.
     
  2. Byteman

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    Hi, Usually replacing a motherboard will make the XP Activation occur again. If the computer used Recovery disks usually also, they will not work when you change the hardware that much. Only using the exact same motherboard, and often it must come from the same manufacturer, like HP, Compaq etc will allow you to reinstall WITH ACTIVATION. Most likely, you used the Product Key from the side of the computer case, so it was accepted but you could not be activated. For some OEMs, like my own HP computer, you do not get asked for the Product Key at all when you reinstall from the original Recovery CDs, but the Activation part does happen.

    If the problem is not this above, it is because of drivers that installed that are not correct for the new motherboard, or a conflict that happened if you installed drivers for the new board on top of what was on before.
    Video drivers are one thing that can cause the blank screen.

    Could be you added a new video card, but the system wants to use the onboard video chip....



    Did you do a clean install, that is, delete the partition for Drive C: and create a new one and then install a new copy of XP?

    What happened when the XP Activation part came up, did it actually tell you it was not accepting the Product Key and that you would have to call in?

    You cannot transfer the License from an OEM type to what is essentially a new system (when you change the system board), and if you had Recovery disks you have an OEM type of XP> only the Retail versions can transfer.
     
  3. infojunky50

    infojunky50 Thread Starter

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    I reloaded the recovery discs and then used a OEM copy of WIndows Xp to do a repair install and it's all up and running and updated, better than it was new. IT activated with no problem, using original product key on machine.THX for the advice.
     
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