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Thread: Format HD for new motherboard?




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    I have a A7V266-E Asus motherboard i'm gonna upgrade to A7N8x nForce2 motherboard, my question is, do i have to format my harddrive and reinstall window xp? I am using window xp pro right now....

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    It would probably still work OK if you didn't, but personally I'd do one. Especially since you are going from the old VIA chipset to the nForce2 chipset, there's always a chance that the drivers could screw things around a bit. Plus a format on a fresh system always seems to make it look like it's running quicker. ;)

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    windows XP's activation will go postal on you if you switch mobos, not to mention a host of other problems that could arise....best to just format and reistall
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    i c..so i guess i'll have to format then ......grr

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    U dont need to re-install assuming u have a cd with SP1 built in. there is a repair function that will allow u to update the chipset of the board for the OS.

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    vinnieVen so u mean i just put the xp cd in and go to the repair function?? wow, i'll definitly try that!!! :D

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    yes.. this is excatly what i mean. when u do it, it is going to seem like a new install on the machine. assuming your copy of XP is legit, u may need to call M$ to authenticate. U will need to put in your M$ license #.

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