Changing motherboards

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Dan Slaby, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Dan Slaby

    Dan Slaby Guest

    I have windows 2000 and 2003 running on Pentium III boards. I want to change
    the motherboards or move the hard drives to another computer with AMD
    processers. When I try to move the hard drives to the AMD motherboards, the
    boot up stalls midway loading the OS. Is there a way to change the
    motherboards to avoid reinstalling and reconfiguring? Thanks.
    Dan Slaby, Dec 13, 2004
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  2. With a different MB, chipset, CPU, probably video and sound, you have zero
    chance of getting Windows to start without some kind of reinstall. However,
    there is a reasonable chance that you could do a repair install and retain
    your Windows configuration.

    Boot to the CD ROM. After the drivers load, do not select Repair - select
    to install Windows. If setup can find the existing installation, then
    select to Repair it. Results are unpredicable, but there is a reasonable
    chance that Windows will start after the repair installation. You can then
    install any necessary MB drivers, and your prior configuration will be in
    tact. You will have to re-apply Service Packs and Windows Updates.

    Doug Sherman
    MCSE Win2k/NT4.0, MCSA, MCP+I, MVP
    Doug Sherman [MVP], Dec 13, 2004
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  3. Dan Slaby

    Massimo Guest

    I used to agree with this... but then, I witnessed a Windows XP installation
    move from Intel CPU/Intel chipset to AMD CPU/VIA Chipset without any issue,
    only lots of PNP dialogs upon the first boot on the new hardware.
    My conclusion is: if the HAL is the same (ACPI/non ACPI) *and* the disk
    controller's drivers are supported by the OS (either natively or by
    installing them prior to switching hardware), it will boot. Otherwise, it's
    blue screen.
    It's even better than this: a repair install works almost always, because it
    forces a full hardware detection. I did some of these (notably, one on a
    DC/Exchange; it worked, too!) and they all went right.

    Massimo, Dec 13, 2004
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