New Mobo ,old drives?

  sputnick 10:03 22 Feb 09

Is it possible to use my original hard drive with a new mobo.
I don`t really want to do a clean install as my boot drive has a lot of software that I do not want to re-install.
Can the drivers used for old mobo be removed.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:23 22 Feb 09

Yes two options if old board still working then unistall old drivers.
Drivers to disable BEFORE changing motherboard
click here

or BOOT from CD and do a repair install

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  sputnick 10:32 22 Feb 09

Thanks for that Fruit Bat,
I`ve read so many conflicting reports.
Will I be asked for product key again??

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:00 22 Feb 09

Will I be asked for product key again??

Can't remember but don't think so.

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