Update WinXP to a new hardware without any reinstallation


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DK

Prompted by the SATA drive upate thread, I thought I'd share
the easiest way of taking a perfectly functional WinXP onto
a completely new hardware (motherboard, CPU, video, etc)
without any reinstallation or "repair installation" (which is
confusing and does not always work).

1. Download the program
http://rapidshare.com/files/18172527/WinMBoardMig.zip
This one is for Win XP2 only! If you are upgrading SP3,
go to step #2. Else, proceed to #3.

2. Update the program to WinXP SP3:
After extracting the ZIP, you will find that every file in directories
\WinMBoardMig\CriticalDrivers
\WinMBoardMig\Kernel

is from XP2. You MUST replace each of these files with its
equivalent from SP3. (Go to your SP3 \i386\ directory, search
for a filename and copy to your \WinMBoardMig\ directory).

3. [Optional] From you XP system on old hardware,
Remove/Uninstall all drivers that are going to be obsoleted by
the upgrade.

4. Start BartPE, run WinMBoardMig.exe from wherever you
unpacked the original files and when the program asks for a
windows location, point it to the windows directory
(typically, C:\Windows\ ). Shut down after the program
finishes (only takes few seconds).

5. Put new hardware in.

6. Start old windows as usual - it will pick up, autodetect and try
installing drivers for all the new hardware. Naturally, you should
have new drivers for everything available on CD or copied
somewhere on a hard drive in advance.

7. Reactivate your Windows when asked (invariably happens with
MB and CPU updates, varies with others).

I've used this procedure on two machines now and it went
totally flawlessly both times. I'd say whoever wrote this
WinMBoardMig program (seems to be some guy in Israel),
did a great job - much better than anyhthing MS ever offered
along the same lines.
 
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Flasherly

7. Reactivate your Windows when asked (invariably happens with
MB and CPU updates, varies with others).

To hell. It's the varies camp here, since there's a firewall blocking
anything attempting to go out that hasn't been pre- approved. Never
have I had a problem in loading the MB CD for resources when a Windows
pops up with the "unrecognized device" message pane. Of course I
wouldn't have a modem connected, which would be the last stage of
testing, and I'd assemble with a mind to trying to duplicate hardware
as much as possible to a prior state. I don't even want to have to
stop at safe mode, if avoidable, but straight into the GUI. Really,
the idea of the OS coming up with its hand held out for money is
insulting, even though I've heard of such goings-on.
 
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Loren Pechtel

Prompted by the SATA drive upate thread, I thought I'd share
the easiest way of taking a perfectly functional WinXP onto
a completely new hardware (motherboard, CPU, video, etc)
without any reinstallation or "repair installation" (which is
confusing and does not always work).

1. Download the program
http://rapidshare.com/files/18172527/WinMBoardMig.zip
This one is for Win XP2 only! If you are upgrading SP3,
go to step #2. Else, proceed to #3.

It's not available.
 
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KR

>Prompted by the SATA drive upate thread, I thought I'd share
>the easiest way of taking a perfectly functional WinXP onto
>a completely new hardware (motherboard, CPU, video, etc)
>without any reinstallation or "repair installation" (which is
>confusing and does not always work).
>
>1. Download the program
>http://rapidshare.com/files/18172527/WinMBoardMig.zip
>This one is for Win XP2 only! If you are upgrading SP3,
>go to step #2. Else, proceed to #3.

It's not available.

it downloaded for me
 
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Loren Pechtel

If you'll click on the Download button under "Save file to.... your
computer", it'll then download.

It's really strange--it *SAID* it wasn't there but it downloaded. I
don't know what happened.
 

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