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Thread: Replacing Motherboard

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    North Hollyweird, CA

    Default Replacing Motherboard

    Hi all,

    I've got a new MoBo, CPU, Memory and Graphics card. I want to move my old HDD to the new stuff. I've read the instructions on how to do this: 1): Insert Windows CD and then let Autorun start. 2): Click Install Windows XP. 3): In the Windows Setup window, click Upgrade (Recommended) in the Installation Type list; then click "Next" and follow the instructions on the screen until the computer begins to restart. 4): Just as the computer begins to restart, turn off the computer. 5): Replace the existing motherboard with the new motherboard. 6): Turn on the computer, and then allow the upgrade to continue. 7): After the upgrade is completed, reinstall any service packs or hotfixes that you had previously installed.

    It seems easy enough, but I've got a few questions:

    1) After the Upgrade, am I going to have to redo *all* the tweaks to the registry (they're numerous) I've done over the years?
    2) Can I use ERUNT after the Upgrade, merge the "old" registry and install the new MoBo's drivers?
    3) Can I instead boot to a W98 rescue disk, or the XP disk, copy the HAL.dll (and whatever else needs to be copied) and then insert the MoBo driver install disk and install the drivers?
    4) Besides the HAL.dll, what else needs to be copied if #2 is possible?
    5) Will I have to reinstall any apps besides SP2 if #2 *isn't* possible?
    6) I have the XPSP1 disk and the XPSP2 Slipstreamed disk. Which should I use?
    7) Would the File and Settings Transfer Wizard work\help? I don't know how to use it and from what I've read, the suggestion is to use two computers; which I only have one. If I save the Files and Settings, when do I re-merge them?
    7) When do I run the Files and Settings Wizard from a 128MB USB drive if this step is required?

    I'm looking for the easiest and least brain damaging way to make it a "turnkey" operation.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Default Re: Replacing Motherboard


    There is too much going on. Many times you can switch a mainboard without a problem. If there is a problem use UBCD4Win and run the app that adds the drivers and updates the registry for other mainboards. Complete rebuilds are accomplished with ease. If you are unwilling to learn/create the UBCD, go to ms kb and look up the actions the ub app does (an article explains what should be merged into the registry).

    You also need to be using Service Pack Three. Whatever your grandmother told you about it not working was untrue. The possibility of a small loss of speed from the additions is outweighed by the stability and security (an important part of staying updated...) gained.

    Brain damage results from seven steps. Here's a revision:

    1) Install upgrades
    2) Use computer. If fail, use LiveCD, fix drivers/reg with one click, then, use computer.

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