It can be done! If you want to replace an older motherboard in your computer (without having to wipe and reload Windows), we have a KB article for that! Off to NewEgg to find a nicer Motherboard to replace the one that came for free with my Processor... ;)
This article describes how to replace a motherboard on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000. Two typical reasons for replacing a motherboard are to upgrade an existing one and to replace a failed one. In either case, you must reconfigure Windows to work with the new motherboard and its components because not all motherboards use the same hardware abstraction layer (HAL), integrated device electronics (IDE) controllers, basic input/output system (BIOS), and other components.
Upgrade an existing motherboard
This scenario assumes that your existing motherboard works and that you can start the existing Windows installation on the hard disk.To replace a working motherboard with an updated motherboard and to then reconfigure Windows to work with the new motherboard, follow these steps:
For Windows Server 2003:
For Windows XP:
For Windows 2000:
4. Just as the computer begins to restart, turn off the computer.
5. Replace the existing motherboard with the new motherboard.
6. Turn on the computer, and then allow the upgrade to continue.Setup installs the HAL, the IDE controller drivers, and any other drivers that the new motherboard must have.
7. After the upgrade is completed, reinstall any service packs or hotfixes that you had previously installed.
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