replacing a motherboard

By Tedster
Aug 17, 2006
  1. I am RMAing a bad motherboard, when I get the replacement will my windows XP currently intalled on my hardisk regect the new motherboard if it is an identical replacement? Does the serial # on the windows copy tie into a serial # on the board?
  2. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190


    in theory it shouldnt..because the chipest, cpu, drivers, tc.. would be the same..I doubt it but its a possibility
    I cant think of a way the OS would differentiate between two diffrent yet same motherboards
  3. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    It shouldn't pose a problem. I swapped two similar(not exactly the same) mobo's and Windows had no problem with the swap.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    ok. yeah- I know it's an issue with different motherboards and configurations... I have 2 hard drives installed in RAID 0 so i don't want to lose the data..... I was afraid XP would regect the new system thinking it was a second installation on another systems.
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