Any need to reinstall windows?

By Robin997
Feb 12, 2008
  1. hello,
    i am upgrading the cpu on one of my computers from an amd sempron 2500+, to an AMD Athlon XP 2600+, and was wondering wether i windows xp will need to be reactivated because of my cpu upgrade. I would rater it not because windows is running great at the moment and i have lots of games and data i would be reluctant to loose!

    any help most welcome!
  2. subcan

    subcan TS Rookie Posts: 51

    even if you need to re-activate, which you likely will, you will not loose your data. It is still good to have a back up but regardless there should not be any problem. You will probably have to call the activation phone number, but it is easy. I have had to do it several times and have never had any trouble.
    I have included a link to microsoft rearding re-activating:

    Microsoft defines "substantially different" hardware differently for PCs that are configured to be dockable. Additionally, the network adapter is given a superior "weighting." If the PC is not dockable and a network adapter exists and is not changed, 6 or more of the other above values would have to change before reactivation was required. If a network adapter existed but is changed or never existed at all, 4 or more changes (including the changed network adapter if it previously existed) will result in a requirement to reactivate.

    Scenario A:

    PC One has the full assortment of hardware components listed in Table 1 above. User swaps the motherboard and CPU chip for an upgraded one, swaps the video adapter, adds a second hard drive for additional storage, doubles the amount of RAM, and swaps the CD ROM drive for a faster one.

    Result: Reactivation is NOT required.
  3. Robin997

    Robin997 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 121

    thanks for the advice, i will just have to see what the result is once i get my newer cpu.
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