So I'm setting up a M4N78 pro asus mobo for windows 7.
delima # 1
I just took out my XP sata drive and Installed a new drive for 7_ 64 bit. I set it up for ahci because I want to set it up for raid. I read where if you set a drive up for raid it has to be an ahci drive at least on this mobo. Is that correct or am I misunderstanding something?
Not a problem for that. OK now I have a few programs on the XP drive that will not work on Win 7 GO Figure. I would like to set up with a drive swap bay so when I want to use those programs I can shut down and swap drives and reboot.
Problem is I dont have the XP drive set up in ahci mode. My bios now is set to ahci for the win 7 drive. I read where if you boot a sata drive that is not set up ahci with the bios set to ahci it will zap the OS. Can I convert the xp drive without jacking it up to ahci. I definately don't want to go into BIOS when I swap drives to much hasel.
delima # 2
I updated the bios on the board to the newest asus offers for this board a week ago for my 7 install. I was still running XP 32 bit when I did this and had no issue everything was fine.
My ehternet on the mobo died saturday and I put in a new nic card and now when I boot in XP it tells me I have to reactivate the XP OS ,which is OEM, in three days because of significant mobo changes. This happened after I installed the new nic. Wow if that is a significant change.... whatever billy G.
Iv'e been using this computer for years and never had that issue. I put in a new sound card a year ago and never got a warning. Since the Xp is an OEM I sure don't want to buy a new license for an OS that they don't even support any more and I don't know if I will but I am afraid if i try to reactivate it and don't want to pay, will the os shut down? I'm not going to use it on the internet any more just for local don't care about antivirus or anything else. I'm using 7 now and it's working great I love it.