Hardware Ugrade



dre1x
07-09-2005, 11:47 PM
I hope somebody knows the real answer here. I have an older HP
Vectra/P3-500Mhz processor running XP Home SP2. I want to upgrade the
processor and motherboard and keep the original hard-drive and operating
system. Will this work or will the OS see this as a different computer and
not start? Or if it does not start and I re-install the OS, will i be able
to register it? Will I need a new OS? Thanks for any help
Dave

Bruce Chambers
07-09-2005, 11:47 PM
dre1x wrote:
> I hope somebody knows the real answer here. I have an older HP
> Vectra/P3-500Mhz processor running XP Home SP2. I want to upgrade the
> processor and motherboard and keep the original hard-drive and operating
> system. Will this work or will the OS see this as a different computer and
> not start? Or if it does not start and I re-install the OS, will i be able
> to register it? Will I need a new OS? Thanks for any help
> Dave


Normally, and assuming a retail license (many OEM installations are
not transferable to a new motherboard - check yours before starting),
unless the new motherboard is virtually identical (same chipset, same
IDE controllers, same BIOS version, etc.) to the one on which the WinXP
installation was originally performed, you'll need to perform a repair
(a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, at the very least:

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q315341

The "why" is quite simple, really, and has nothing to do with
licensing issues, per se; it's a purely technical matter, at this point.
You've pulled the proverbial hardware rug out from under the OS. (If
you don't like -- or get -- the rug analogy, think of it as picking up a
Cape Cod style home and then setting it down onto a Ranch style
foundation. It just isn't going to fit.) WinXP, like Win2K before it,
is not nearly as "promiscuous" as Win9x when it comes to accepting any
old hardware configuration you throw at it. On installation it
"tailors" itself to the specific hardware found. This is one of the
reasons that the entire WinNT/2K/XP OS family is so much more stable
than the Win9x group.

As always when undertaking such a significant change, back up any
important data before starting.

This will also probably require re-activation, unless you have a
Volume Licensed version of WinXP Pro installed. If it's been more than
120 days since you last activated that specific Product Key, you'll most
likely be able to activate via the Internet without problem. If it's
been less, you might have to make a 5 minute phone call.


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Yves Leclerc
07-09-2005, 11:47 PM
Providing that the XP Home is NOT an HP OEM version, you will be able to
re-use it. However, since the motherbaord and processor can be considered
as the "core" hardware that is used for the XP Product Activation, you will
need to re-install XP.


"dre1x" <dre1x@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:18690A06-FC92-43C6-A666-758919EF7E61@microsoft.com...
>I hope somebody knows the real answer here. I have an older HP
> Vectra/P3-500Mhz processor running XP Home SP2. I want to upgrade the
> processor and motherboard and keep the original hard-drive and operating
> system. Will this work or will the OS see this as a different computer
> and
> not start? Or if it does not start and I re-install the OS, will i be
> able
> to register it? Will I need a new OS? Thanks for any help
> Dave


Hardware Ugrade