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Motherboard And Chip Set

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#1 ScottoB22


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Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:32 PM

Hello, I am new to this site and wanted to ask a question.

I wanted to upgrade my motherboard and chip set and max out the memory.
My question is if I changed out those 2 items, would I have to reinstall windows?
All of my stuff would still be on my hard drives right.
As you can tell I am a novice and I need some help


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Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:52 PM

If you install more RAM, you should not have any issues with Windows. A new motherboard is much more difficult. If you bought a new motherboard and it was the exact same as the old one, you would not have to do anything with Windows. However, since this is an upgrade to a completely different motherboard, you will have to reinstall Windows. Do you know which motherboard you want? If you get a new one and decide to reuse your old CPU, the new motherboard must have the same socket as your old one. For example, if you have an Intel Core 2 Duo that uses socket LGA775, your new motherboard will also have to use Socket LGA775. Swapping out an old motherboard can also give you the ability to use newer CPU's that your old motherboard could not handle.



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Posted 29 September 2008 - 12:24 AM

The problem with introducing a hdd that already has a Windows operating system on it that has been used with one motherboard usually has problems when it is introduced to another motherboard, specifically the chipset of the boards. The article below explains this in detail. There is another article which will explain pretty much the same thing, but has a suggestion for a possible work around. What ever you decide to do, back up all of your important files and applications that you don't have CD to reinstall them. You should use removable media like CDs, DVDs, flash drives, or a secondary hdd.

Problem with moving hard drive

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as a master in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer and you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."

The work around can be read here.

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