Changing Motherboard and Windows XP

By Kent
Mar 9, 2005
  1. Hey fellas. I was looking into changing my motherboard, and I realized that I was not provided a Windows XP cd when I purchased my computer. After doing some searching, I did notice that the manufacturer created an I386 folder with the associated XP files on my hard drive.

    If I switched motherboards, I was wondering if there would be some way I could reinstall XP again without having to buy a new CD. I appreciate any comments. Thanks a lot everyone.
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Unless you get an identical motherboard, you'll have to buy xp. Most pre-built systems either come with a "restore" xp cd or a "restore" xp hard drive partition. Neither of these can be used on another motherboard. Xp home is $90 u.s. for the oem version.

    I know, it stinks. I can guess why microsoft likes it though $$$.
  3. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    You can replace the board if you remove all the old motherboard and video drivers for the old board first. But there is a good chance that you will trigger the activation. Thats not a problem if you have a valid product key.
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    From: LINK

    Also read: LINK
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