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motherboard upgrade

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by kiwi1, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. kiwi1

    kiwi1 Regular member

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    Hello, soon I'll be attempting to upgrade the motherboard in a computer I have here. Will I need to format and reinstall windows?
    Thanks.
     
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    steimy Active member

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    what exactly are you doing?
    If you are getting a new motherboard then it will not effect Windows as that is on your hard drive.
    If you have a system like Dell that ships Windows with their computers then you will need to get another copy. The copies that they give you with a system work well on that system, but not with a new motherboard.
    I tried using the Windows from my Dell computer when i built a new on, and although it worked i had many glitches and error messages.
     
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    kiwi1 Regular member

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    Its a "TIME" machine and was brought over from the UK. It has an MS-6378 ver2 I want to replace with anything I can find with socket A + AGP 8x slot. I have win98 and an XP upgrade CD and have since downloaded SP2. Reinstalling would not be a major loss as this machine has hardly nothing on it anyway, Im just worried my windows will no longer be valid.
    I'll have a read of that link, thanks
     
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    well, there are free sources out there where you can get a full windows CD if you look hard enough. I can not really say a lot more in a public forum due to it being illegal.
    But i have seen both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Pro
    around the net.
     

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