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Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2002 - 5:56 pm:   

Okay. I currently have an MSI something or other and a 700 mhz Athlon.

I have already ordered a 1900+ XP and the Asus motherboard.

I am currently running Windows 98SE.

Now my questions:

1: Is it nessecary to format my hard drive(s) when upgrading the Motherboard, or can Windows 98 take it?

2: If it is nessecary, would getting Windows XP instead, and installing it AFTER the motherboard/processor work (without formatting)?
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2002 - 10:29 am:   

You can upgrade the motherboard and cpu without formating.I have one pc that I did that way and it has been running fine. It's a pc for the kids so I just did a quickie on it. For myself I would definately do a fresh install with a new motherboard upgrade. But to do it, before you put the new m/b in, boot to safemode, delete everything in device manager. Configure the board if it's done with jumpers. Install the new m/b, new cpu, the memory, video card, floppydrive, harddrive ,cd drive. Leave any other cards out till it's setup. Boot up and let things get detected. Install drivers that come with the m/b for your OS. Add in extra cards ( sound,net etc.) one at a time.
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 7:20 pm:   

I figured I'd come back and say thank you for taking the time to answer my inquiry.

I think I'll end up formatting anyway... :)

I've had the hard drive for over a year and a half... And it has a LOT of crap on it... looking through it.

I have a second hard drive that serves as a back up, if worse comes to worse.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 7:38 pm:   

Fresh way to go. :)

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