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Fresh install of xp

How do you do a fresh install of xp after installing a new mother board that was different from the other one. without loosing any data

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  • shaystudd Dec 30, 2007

    I did what you told me and everything went well. But now I notice that my sound is not coming out. I install the drivers for the mother board from the cd and everything is showing that the settings are correct. Still no sound. I check the speakers with another computer and the speakers work.



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The hard drive should still have the data on it. After you install the new MB, let windows find the drivers for it. It may ask you for the MB cd for some it cant find..
Let me know how you make out.

Posted on Dec 24, 2007

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Dec 30, 2007

    go to device manager and check and see if it looks good there.



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If the version of XP you have is the same as the one that is now installed, you can do a repair installation. This essentially reinstalls Windows without deleting your user files. During the installation you'll be prompted to enter the product key, so you can use the one from your genuine copy. It's still a good idea to back up your data first, though.

Boot from your Windows XP CD and start the installation. One of the options that will be available is to repair a current installation. Select that to begin the process.

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This was an very interesting way of sharing a computer
six persons sharing one physical drive with 5 partitions.
If that physical drive breaks all six persons loose their files in one crash.
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I just installed a new motherboard and CPU. When I power up the system it is not detecting my HD.

Hi fyrefly, I'm guessing the hdd is connected to, SATA1 port on the MB & the hdd is also listed in the boot menu! (So it should load).
If not check it. Make sure it is. You mentioned above you have Win XP w/SP3 installed. That is very tough to imagine, unless you had the hdd installed on your old board when you updated it to SP3.
If I'm correct you need to do a fresh install of windows on the hdd. Windows can see all the old drivers & hasn't a clue what to do with them. So it sends you to safe mode. I can understand that you do not want to loose your personal data. The best way to not loose your data would be to hook up your old board with the hdd. Add a second SATA or PATA drive to the system & copy & past all your personal data to the SATA or PATA slave drive. Here is a list of what you need to back up.
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Local Settings\Identities
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\My Documents
Data from any program you may have installed.

Once the data has been copied to a slave drive you can put it back into the new Asus board. Boot to the windows CD & format the hdd & install windows. It's always recommended to do a fresh install of windows when upgrading to a newer board. There’s only one exception to this rule. That is if the MB your switching to is exactly the same as the old MB. You do not need to put the old mother board back into your case for this data retrieval. Grab a couple of books about 1" to 2" thick & lay em on a table. Take a static bag (Like the one that covered the MB & lay it over the books). Place the old MB on the static bag. Hook up your power supply, video, hdd's, keyboard, mouse & connect your monitor. Use a pen & short the power on pins coming from the MB. The system will boot. Copy & past your data to the slave drive.
(Data saved)! Re-connect your new board (still in the case). Boot to the windows CD, format & install.
Install your programs, printer & update windows. Copy & past your data back to your hdd.
Everything should workout just fine. Windows will be happy too!
I have done this more times than I can recall. Its time-consuming, I know but its worth every minute.

Good luck fyrefly!
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it may look fine, but i think there is some trouble with the installation of motherboard on the new case take a review on it.

it happened to me before.I just reinstall it to the new nase and chechk for any lose connection or any busted chips. in that case try some new motherboard

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