Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:10 PM
If only the motherboard is faulty, there is usually no problem copying your data files onto another computer, either by installing the hard drive into the other system, or using a USB drive adapter.
Installed programs can't be transferred in this way, but if they are legitimate software, they can be re-installed from the original disks once the system is operational again, and your data files reloaded.
If the motherboard in the existing system is replaced, it may be possible to recover the entire system installation in-place by doing a recovery install of Windows. If the system is a brand-name that only offers a recovery disk that restores the system to ex-factory condition, this may not work if the board is replaced with anything other than a genuine brand replacement.
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