xp activation

  Pentium 4 Northwood 17:01 15 Apr 05
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as some of you may know, i short circuited my motherboard.... (fool i know). I have windows xp on the hard drive. To install the motherboard i'll have to reinstall windows. Everything (except from some more ram, and an added cd- drive) is the same form when i first installed windows, but will windows refuse my activation code on the grounds it's 'another pc' because it will have a new motherboard and processor?

  TomJerry 17:03 15 Apr 05

they are not as bad as some painted

Long live Northwood

  keithlik 17:08 15 Apr 05

If you have changed major components especially the motherboard and processor (plus the other things you mention) you present Microsoft with what appears to be a vastly different PC to the one registered earlier.
Somewhere in your help file you shgpould be able to find a telephone number for Microsoft where you can inform them of your actions. You may need some proof of identity!
Good luck.

  Pentium 4 Northwood 17:15 15 Apr 05

its a lot of bother though. Is it possible to use the new motherboard without reinstalling winodws?

  TomJerry 17:27 15 Apr 05

it will work, but XP may insist you to reactivate

if it does work, uninstall old motherboard software, get into device drive and uninstall anything with yellow !

after you get ride software (driver etc) link to old board and then install software for new board

  Pentium 4 Northwood 17:38 15 Apr 05

My replacement motherboard is a Fujitsu (seimens?)' W26361 '. I can't find any drivers for, or any manuals etc anywhere for it. Anyone have any suitable links?

  TomJerry 17:45 15 Apr 05

phone the shop to find out why they are missing

by the way, why do you select this board? I bet they charged an arm and leg for a funny board

  Pentium 4 Northwood 17:50 15 Apr 05

this board is second hand from a friend. it came with their pc when it was new, so no drivers etc.
Its only an old s370 board, as it only serves as a 2nd pc

  lotvic 18:26 15 Apr 05

I think this will help :))

How to replace the motherboard on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000

microsoft knowledge base 824125

click here;en-us;824125

  Pentium 4 Northwood 18:56 15 Apr 05

the link wont work!

  Rayuk 19:04 15 Apr 05

I think this is an Intel chipset board so when you find out which one download the drivers from Intel

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