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#1 DJBPace07

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 02:11 AM

My parents have a PC with a flaky socket 939 motherboard, I was going to replace it with a new AM2+ board, processor, and RAM. They have Windows Vista 64-bit installed, the Upgrade Edition to be more specific. If I go though with the upgrade, how should I put Vista back on the PC? I know that I should reinstall the operating system, but will the Upgrade DVD let me do this? The last thing I want to do is install XP only to upgrade it again to Vista, besides I thought Microsoft canceled the product keys of XP installations when they are upgrading to Vista. Starting the PC normally might also work, with the added fun of being called "ma'am" by the support personnel when I call to reactivate. I could do a Windows Complete PC Restore, but would that also restore the registry and drivers to those of the old 939? I could always purchase an OEM edition, but I really don't want to pay for the operating system again. I also doubt that Startup Repair would work given the extensiveness of the upgrades I'm planning, but I could be wrong.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 07:15 AM

This can be a really interesting experiment for the geek in you - or, if you're rushed for time it can be a real pain.

You've got a lot of different options here.

You can try this to do a full install off of an upgrade key: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/79852/how-to-perform-a-clean-vista-install-using-a-vista-upgrade-product-key/

The next option being an attempt to repair a Vista installation that's been switched to a new set of hardware. In general I'd suspect that you can delete most of the hardware in Device Manager, then shut down and DO NOT restart!
Then perform a repair install according to these directions on the FIRST BOOT in the new system: http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_a_vist...e_vista_dvd.htm I haven't tried this, and it's just a variation on the XP repair installation. But, from what I've seen, Vista is more flexible in detecting and implementing hardware changes so I'd suspect it to work OK

You can try the Complete PC Restore from withing Windows (if it gets that far), or from Startup Repair (if it doesn't get that far).

Of all of them, I'd try the first suggestion because it gets you away from the problems associated with an upgrade installation (carrying hidden problems over from the old install to the new install).
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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:40 PM

I might try uninstalling as much of the internal components as I can from Device Manager, install the new board, and restart the PC and see what happens. If it works, great, otherwise I'll have to take more extensive steps.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 12:04 PM

Once again, this comes from XP - so it may not be 100% accurate. In XP you could hose things pretty badly if you didn't run the repair install immediately BEFORE booting to the OS. It had to do with confusing Windows - because all the old stuff is still in various places in the system, and a reboot hasn't removed them (and if you do reboot, it'll try and install all of that. Add the new hardware/settings and Windows can have the equivalent of a nervous breakdown.

So, I'd recommend uninstalling all the components that won't be there any longer, then shut down the system.
Then move the drive and immediately boot to the repair installation. I've had difficulties with the Upgrade option on some systems - so that may cause difficulties (in which case you may then want to risk the "boot it up and see what happens").

The point here is that you want to minimize the trauma to the Windows installation by removing as much stuff as you can - and then by fixing it (with the repair install) before Windows can get confused about losing it's older stuff and being surprised by all the newer stuff.
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