My computer crashed and purchased a new mother board and con

February 6, 2013 at 06:29:42
Specs: Windows 98SE
My computer crashed and I purchased a new mother board and connected the old hard disk from the crashed PC. Is it possible to boot the system with the old hard disk?

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February 6, 2013 at 08:18:59
No. The existing Windows installation will not start after the motherboard has been changed.

You will have to re-format the hard drive to remove the existing Windows installation, then re-install Windows either by using Factory Recovery CD or from a Microsoft Windows installation CD.

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February 6, 2013 at 09:35:57
"Crash" means different things to different people. What made you think the motherboard went bad rather than something else? Is the new board exactly the same as the old? If it is, your Windows installation will probably boot up. If it's a different board & you're running Win98SE, it might still boot.

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February 6, 2013 at 15:38:02
Even with a different motherboard, if Win 98SE is simply reloaded "over the top" it will often revive quite well - maybe just needing a little tidying up and some drivers. I've done this.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 6, 2013 at 16:12:15
Much will depend on how 'new' the motherboard is. For an existing 98 system you might have problems finding 98 drivers for a newer board.

In a situation where the 98 disk will have most or all of the drivers you need you can check my # 2 here for some info:

The OP there was asking about ME but the procedure is the same for 98. You'd just copy the cab files from the WIN98 folder on the cd.

After letting 98 load as many of the drivers it can you'd need to go to the motherboard's support site if you need additional ones.

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February 6, 2013 at 16:18:40
Post the full model number of the new board.

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