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Is Re-Installing Windows XP Necessary?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by jbloggs, 4 Mar 2006.

  1. jbloggs


    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 6,961

    Location: NI

    I have an Asus P4C800 motherboard with an Intel Pentium 4 2.6GHz (800FSB + H/Threading) Northwood CPU fitted. I have recently bought a new Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz (800FSB + H/Threading) Prescott CPU which I intend to fit onto this motherboard instead of the 2.6GHz Northwood.

    My question is simply this, can i simply install the new Prescott onto the mobo and use the current Window XP installation without having to do a complete re-install or would I need to do that as well (to make sure the correct drivers are loaded)?

    In the past when I have fitted a new CPU the circumstances have been that I have had to install XP at the same time anyway.

    Many thanks for your comments. :)
  2. aardvark


    Joined: 2 Jan 2005

    Posts: 8,087

    Location: leeds

    no need to re-install for a new processor, you'll be fine
  3. valerian

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Feb 2006

    Posts: 1,866

    Location: Stafford

    no itll work fine, once and only once i changed mobos and didnt have to reinstall xp either a fluke
  4. ted34

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 1,738

    Location: Edinburgh

    If your running same chipsets then i always found you can get away with it but its always best to reinstall windows. Did see a thread where they explained how to get round it. It involved uninstalling loads of things in device manager and changing some settings. Cant remember all the details or where i saw it.
  5. jbloggs


    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 6,961

    Location: NI

    Thanks for you're replies! ;)
  6. wattsy


    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 332

    Location: poole

    as the others said it will be fine