Hardware Change & Windows reactivation query

April 18, 2011 at 03:42:52
Specs: Windows XP Service Pack 3, 2 GB
Hello to the seniors and moderators, here we meet again ^_^

Recently, I'm a bit confused about PC's hardware... I want to learn more...

If I want to change the hardware (processor, sound card, video card, motherboard, hard disk, etc) in my CPU, does that mean that I have to re-install the operating system? (My PC is using Windows XP, service pack 3)

Please help me... @_@

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April 18, 2011 at 04:16:59
For a start what you refer to as the processor is the CPU - Central Processing Unit. The CPU is the main chip on the the motherboard, the big one with a fan and heat-sink attached to it. The case with all the components in it is a computer.

Changing the motherboard and CPU will almost certainly require Windows XP to be reinstalled and reactivated. How you do that and even if it can be done depends on what type a Windows XP you have. If you have a retail version then it should not be a problem. It may require a phone call to Microsoft.

If you have an OEM version that came with a new computer then you wont be able to. The OS is tied to the hardware it came with.


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April 18, 2011 at 08:57:38
Oh... I get it... And, I have a few questions to ask again :

1) How to backup files in my PC?
2) How to ensure that my anti-virus software can fully protect my PC? (I have 1 condition that my anti-virus software, Avast sometimes can't scan some files in my PC. The report will state that : "Some files can't be scanned)

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