and I'm also adding a stick of 512MB Corsair ValueSelect PC3200 DDR RAM, identical to the stick I already have.
The question I have is, once I've replaced all those components will I need to format my primary HDD and reinstall everything, or should the system boot OK with the new hardware but leaving all the old drivers redundant? And will I notice a performance increase over the old system?
If it helps, the rest of the system is: Hiper HPU-4S425 425W PSU Maxtor Diamondmax +8 40GB primary and +9 80GB secondary HDDs Lite-On DVD-Rw and LG CD-Rw/DVD-ROM BT Voyager Wireless-LAN PCI card Acer AL1916W widescreen 19" TFT think that's all the important stuff /smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />
Since you are upgrading every main component yes you need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall. Pretty much I doubt XP would even boot with the new hardware, as you changed your main chipset, the IDE drivers, etc.
i have had success loading windows Xp on my old pentium 3 when i switch'd motherboards by doing a windows repair... now when i went from my crappy biostar to my dfi infinity board i tryd to do a windows repair and repair just froze up over and over. i just said [content edited] with it and reformated and reinstalled. so sometimes repair works sometimes it dosent
It might boot, with a repair or some other trick, but chances are it won't be stable, and certainly not a clean install. And here, there's just too much change (motherboard, socket, cpu, cpu core, cpu instructions, 32->64bit, chipset...)
A new install is the way to go
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