Solved upgrading cpu and o/s

February 19, 2012 at 07:17:11
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I've gathered that upgrading a mobo requires a re-installation of windows does the same hold true for upgrading just a cpu?

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#1
February 19, 2012 at 12:13:53
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Board = yes, CPU = no.

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#2
February 20, 2012 at 01:15:17
It is not necessary to re-install the OS, u can perform a repair.

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#3
February 20, 2012 at 05:16:08
If you have an OEM computer like Dell, Geteway, Emachines, HP, Compaq, etc. and you are using the original operating system (Windows), that SLP version of Windows is keyed to the motherboard.

Changing the board and replacing it with a board with different properties may result in that version of Windows to no longer work in that system. This is by Microsoft design. The SLP licenses only cost a fraction of what a full license cost. The license does NOT allow migration to different hardware.


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#4
February 20, 2012 at 05:48:50
kwese & OtheHill, note that the OP appears to know this (or at least part of it) but he/she is asking about changing the CPU which riider said does not require a reinstall.

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#5
February 20, 2012 at 06:28:42
Yes i noticed but he or she sounds like the only option is to reinstall windows when board is changed.

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#6
February 20, 2012 at 07:42:02
I don't see where the OP is aware of restrictions on SLP licenses. This is important to know.

Of course, if the license is not SLP then that would not be an issue. That said, the majority of computers in use are OEM units with an SLP license.


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#7
February 20, 2012 at 10:17:54
all good info. didnt know about slp licenses. and i did think the only option was to re-install if i swapped mobos thanx

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#8
February 20, 2012 at 10:23:49
What is the brand and model of your computer? Did it come with WinXP pro installed?

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