View Full Version : Need help dont know what to do
Feb 10, 2006, 01:41 AM
im getting a new motherbaod the asus 8n-E
right now i have an emachine ati board that came with emachine,
it also has a hardrive that came with the pc. everything else besides cd rom and rpocceser are changed.
if im swapping motherbords what do i do to get windows on it. do i run a system recover that was on the hardrive on the new motherbaord. or does the installation disk that comes with my motherbaord give me windows.
plzzz help and reply as soon as possible.
Feb 10, 2006, 02:48 AM
u will need a copy of windows. you can try to just plug the hard drive in the new board but good luck, try to boot to safe mode, press f8 till windows gives an optiion pick safe mode. Search the net a bit more too you may be able to create a recovery disc. Windows is not icluded with motherboaeds, just when you buy a comp like your e-mach. keep the windows serial that should be on a sticker somewhere on your e-machine. you can try to install from the disc that came with your e-mach, that has windows on it. I believe when you bought the e-mach it included a windows license, as a last resort you can call MS and see if they can do anything for you.
Feb 10, 2006, 03:24 AM
windows with a bit of luck should boot useing default drivers.. u then have to install your new mobo chipset drivers and drivers for anything else u have changed.. i assume u are useing the same hardrive u have been useing and it still has windows on it..
Feb 10, 2006, 06:10 AM
It's safe to say that windows will want to re-activate if you are running XP. It will give you a message saying you have changed too many components... Older OS’s will let you change but you may have issues because of the drivers for onboard items and chip set. This is assuming you will be using the same CPU also. A fresh install is the best thing if you have a recovery disk. If not uninstall all the drivers you can for the onboard items like sound, LAN etc first then swap over.
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