will i need to install os?

  cbradley857 14:14 11 Nov 2007

when i upgrade my computer with a new motherboard, video card, and processor, wil i need to reinstall windows or will it recognise the new hardware?

  Technotiger 14:17 11 Nov 2007

Yes, you will also need to re-activate XP if that is your OS.

click here

  cbradley857 14:22 11 Nov 2007

will it work with oem windows?

  jack 14:22 11 Nov 2007

Ahhh good question.
The existing hardware-[ drives ] No Problem
Windows entirely another matter
If you have a genuine windows installation on your hard drive[ XP lets say- fully registered etc,]
It will reject the motherboard - just as if you
had tried to load the system on a new computer.
Two methods to get around it-
Re register if you get the system up
Complete reformat -re install and re register if you don't
If you have a full XP disk that is.
No problem with Win 98/Me/2000 however

  cbradley857 14:27 11 Nov 2007

wont oem windows refuse to install on a new motherboard

  €dstowe 14:41 11 Nov 2007

In my experience, an OEM XP disk will install on a new system but you will need to buy a new product key.

This being so, you may as well buy a new disk complete with key to save yourself any problems.

  cbradley857 14:42 11 Nov 2007

hmm, but if i already have it installed is it a problem??

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:51 11 Nov 2007

Yes it will have the wrong drivers loaded for the motherboard.

You will be lucky if windows loads at all with the new board.

Drivers to disable BEFORE changing motherboard
click here

follow the link and disable the drivers, fit your new equipment, boot windows and install the new drivers.

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