New CPU, new xp???

By Robin997
Jan 23, 2008
  1. hi guys,

    i am thinking of buying a newer socket 462 processor for one of my pc's but am wondering wether xp will need to be reactivated, i have heared this is the case with motherboards but i don't know about cpu's.

    any help appriciated
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Usually, yes. Windows will normally detect all hardware, and become alarmed at any change other than Memory. Still I have occasionally seen it overlook the processor.
  3. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    I swapped out an Opteron 175 for an FX-60, and Windows didn't seem to mind. It's possible that Windows will want you to reactivate but that's no big deal as long as your copy of Windows is legit. I've installed and reinstalled my OEM copies of Windows many times and the software will not ask you to contact a service representative until about the fifth or sixth reinstall. Then all you have to do is call the number and explain that you had a problem that could only be fixed with a reinstall.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    the only time xp screamed at me was a MB swap
    I've heard others say even then a repair fixed it without re-activation
    I do very little retail installs these days mostly corp stuff
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