probably a stupid question...

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  1. mrsl

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    Hi all
    I want to build a new pc and salvage parts from my old pc namely the HDD and dvd drives.
    If I buy a new mobo and CPU can I just plug the old drives (IDE) straight in and windows will work or is a clean install required since I'm not sure if I have the setup discs or not. I don't really want to shell out for vista if I don't need to.
    Sorry if its a stupid question - I have plenty more of them...
    Thanks
     
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    I would highly recommend a clean install , while there are ways to make any particular install driver independant to attempt to do what you describe , it invariably leads to lots of blue screen crashes due to driver conflicts.

    The new motherboard will need new drivers and a clean install is the best way to ensure the least amount of problems occur.
     
  3. mrsl

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    ok thanks. I was just trying to cheapskate a bit since I'm feeling a bit guilty about buying an xfx hd4870 and still trying to decide which mb, cpu etc to get!
     
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    I guarentee that the installation will Blue Screen as the HAL (hardware Abstract Layers) will differ and you will need a clean install. You could do a Windows repair but with the changes made a while back you need to know enough about it to make it work and update properly after the repair. If that makes sense.
     

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