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#1 webe123

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:39 PM

OK I have a church computer that we use in our main sanctuary. We have two projectors hooked up to the computer and therefore we need to keep all of the data on the hard drive as we would need new drivers for them which we would not want to get!

 

But here is the problem....we want to upgrade that computer with a newer one while still being able to use the p[rojectors and any other files we have on it...I thought it would be as simple as just taking off the SATA hard drive and installing it in our new computer...but my friend that knows computers says that the OS which is windows vista...is tied to the motherboard and CPU...and he said if we take it out and simply put it in another computer...it will not work because everything will be different! The motherboard, RAM , CPU...etc. But the hard drive has drivers on it that make the computer we have work with the projectors in the church and I am not sure where to download those or even what proigram they use. You see, the guy that put all this stuff on there originally now no longer goes to that church.

 

So is there anyway we can keep the programs and files and either reformat theat hard drive or get a new one and put vista back on it?

 

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 02:45 AM

The OEM windows license says that the windows is just for that motherboard, which is why usually if you put the drive in a new computer it won't work (activate).

 

I would just buy the new computer, and try to get the projectors to work with it. In my experience projectors barely need drivers at all, so I doubt it's going to be a problem. I'm guessing you will hook up the projectors to the new machine (presumably windows 7 or 8) and they will just work automatically. Then, manually copy over whatever files you need. You can't copy the programs over, they have to be installed again fresh either from the original cd's, or, in this day and age most programs are free downloads for most of the things you need to do, with the only exception in your case possibly being Microsoft Powerpoint? (I don't know what programs you use, but that's my guess.) For paid software you either need the original install discs or you have to buy it again.



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Posted 04 December 2014 - 09:21 AM

Yeah, they should work with the new computer.



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Posted 07 December 2014 - 06:19 PM

 

We have two projectors hooked up to the computer

 

The only problem you may have is to get two projectors connected, I presume at the same time. How are you doing this at the moment ?

 

If you require a computer with two video outputs you will need to be careful in looking at the specs for any replacement. But the other posters are correct, getting a computer to work with a projector or external monitor is fairly trivial. On many modern laptops for example there is a switch on the keyboard to switch over to a projector.

 

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