I shall be upgrading a PC with a new Mobo and CPU. should I format and reinstall XP? Ideally I would like to retain the info on the present setup. Would XP need reactivating after the reinstall? The CPU and Mobo will be different from the original.
Try it first, But I would backup all your files etc before taking the plunge
PS if it does go to windows then load the mobo drivers off the mobo CD
Have a look here see if it helps youclick here
RayukInteresting link. I think my brain cell just exploded. I'm just going to answer the doorbell there's some men in white coats want a word :)Seriously, thanks guys
Yep just had a look. I see why
*Would XP need reactivating after the reinstall?*99% yes it will.And if it's an OEM copy, the terms of the licence do not allow you to tranfer it to an upgraded motherboard. If it's a retail copy, then you entitled to transfer it.
It's retail so that's a relief and I've already backed up the wpa.dbl file (Win's prod activ'n)
It's easier and more straightforward to reactivate than to mess about with the wpa file - especially in these days of WGA.
I'll bear that in mind
XP doesn't always like a new motherboard so you should immediately do a Repair XP - this will preserve your programs, applications, settings etc.See:click herefor details.I've had two new motherboards in the last 15 months and did an XP repair each time.
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