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Motherboard Upgrade Question

By nilesbw
Sep 16, 2009
  1. Hey everyone, my motherboard recently died on me, so I decided to purchase a new one and upgrade my cpu as well. Only, I honestly did not do the research I should have and now realize that because my computer was made by a major manufacturer, in this case Acer, I may need to purchase a new OS. Acer didn't even ship recovery cd's with the comp, which I have a feeling from the reading that I've done wouldn't have helped me much anyway. So I cannot boot the system up. When I replace the motherboard and cpu what are the odds that xp will correctly detect eveyrthing and work properly? Will it harm anything by trying? And the last question is, would purchasing a Vista upgrade and using that to boot through work, or do I need to purchase the non upgrade new computer version, and in that case do I need to hook the hd up to my kids computer and reformat it?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    Ideally you should do a fresh install of Windows. You won't hurt anything by trying to boot using the old XP drive. It may take a while to boot, or not boot at all. You should have gotten a motherboard driver disc with the motherboard. After the computer boots into Windows load the driver CD and install the drivers. If you deside to go to Vista, make sure you have at least 2GB of system ram and a good dual core CPU. When you install the Operating System you have the option to format at that time
  3. nilesbw

    nilesbw TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. If it won't boot and i need to do a new OS will the upgrade version of vista work? or will I need to use the non upgrade version?
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