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    I'm building a new pc and the mobo and cpu will be here on Tuesday. I'm using my old hard drive and cd rom/burner ect. My question is will I have to load all the drivers for my existing hardware after I get my tower built? Or will everything still be loaded on my hard drive?
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    You'll need to reinstall Windows, you need to every time you get a new mobo.

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    really? That sounds kind of weird seeing how everything is already on the hd. So that would be drivers and all? If so I have to go hunting for the all the drivers cd haha. Thanks
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    Yeah, with such a large hardware change its about impossible to remove all old driver traces from your system, and that normally creates conflicts.

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    Yep if you put that hard drive with the old Windows setup onto that new mobo then Windows will have a fit and cough up a furball on ya straight away. Just one of the many reasons that I partition my hard drives so that just Windows and Office reside on the C: partition and all my important stuff resides on the D: partition so only C: needs to be formated when a mobo change is done.

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    yeh i got mine split up into 4 partitions cus im known for having to reinstall windows like once a month cus i like messing with windows

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    even if drivers weren't an issue (which they are), if you're using winXP it would throw a fit and activation would probably lock you out due to major hardware changes :hammer:
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    I do have two partitions, and yes windows is on C. And I'm running windows 98se
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    Even more of a reason to just reformat and reinstall the OS. Win9x will almost surely hack up a furball if you just make those changes without reinstalling everything fresh.

    To help explain the WHY of the matter, consider your hardware as speaking in a language to the operating system; in your case this is Win98SE. When you start changing major components (which are more modern), they talk in a different language to the OS. This is where the problems arise, the manner in which Windows is trying to talk to your hardware. On top of all this, it is nearly impossible to remove the old traces of previous drivers while installing the new ones. Now you can understand why it is necessary to reinstall the OS fresh.
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    Thanks for the imput darthtanion. I can do this
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