zippyj

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Just a generic question--I just rebuilt my comp using a new cpu, mainboard, memory, graphics card and cooling system-I am using my old hardrive with all my programs intact-Is it advisable to reinstall my windows xp--As an aside, I have a usb device that my "new" system absolutely will not recognize ( a usb dvd/cd writer that was working before the upgrade)--I was advised by a friend that it might be best to do a reinstall, What do you think?--Thanks in advance!
 

dmroeder

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You're gonna have to. Windows will not like a new motherboard. Some people have had success with repairing the install, but I hear that only works when using a motherboard with the same chipset.
 

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Also, if you're running a genuine copy of Win XP then it's going to recognize the new hardware as a new computer and will ask to activate it, whether you install it fresh or not. Just thought it was something to keep in mind.
 

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I recently did this. I deleted all the onboard drivers before installing the hard drive pretty much to see if it would work, which it did. Later did a clean install. The only reason I'd try this is if there is data you want to back up or like me you just want to see if you can, otherwise I'd do a clean install