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ChazTheGeek
19-03-2012, 04:17 PM
Is there a simple way to change OS without loosing data? And do you need drivers for CPU's? Thanks

Speedy Gonzales
19-03-2012, 04:25 PM
Never seen drivers for CPU's. Windows usually loads something for it. Depends what youre upgrading from. On whether you'll have to do a clean install. You may have to do a clean install, if you had an AMD then went to Intel. Or vice-versa. Because of the different chipsets / and drivers they use. Only easy way I know (without formatting). Do a dual boot / put it on another partition. If you've got one

Nhashon
19-03-2012, 04:25 PM
What OS you got , if it's MAC OS , im sorry can't help

Nhashon
19-03-2012, 04:32 PM
Here is a useful link i found , i hope this helps but im not really sure if this is the simpliest way , but yeah i going to have to say , you may need a back up software to not loose data .

http://www.pcworld.com/article/212573/reinstall_windows_without_losing_your_data.html

ChazTheGeek
19-03-2012, 04:33 PM
PC. No I have no other partitions. I have an 80GB primary drive and 500GB secondary for data (games)

Nhashon
19-03-2012, 04:37 PM
what OS you have

ChazTheGeek
19-03-2012, 04:40 PM
I do backup my PC every now and then with Norton Ghost and Cobian backup. So I only need to back up my software. Oh by the way, where is the registry actually located?

ChazTheGeek
19-03-2012, 04:41 PM
XP home edition 32 BIT

Speedy Gonzales
19-03-2012, 04:44 PM
And what do you want to upgrade to? 32 or 64 bit? If 64 bit, you ll (probably) have to do a clean install. Since 64 bit cant use 32 bit drivers. And I dont think you can upgrade from 32 to 64 bit

ChazTheGeek
19-03-2012, 04:44 PM
64 BIT.

Speedy Gonzales
19-03-2012, 04:47 PM
You'll have to do a clean install then. Due to the difference between 32 and 64 bit. And you'll have to reinstall whatever programs after. Just keep / copy docs / emails / email addies to something. So you can add / import them after you reinstall windows. But if you install Win7, remember it doesnt install an email program

ChazTheGeek
19-03-2012, 06:11 PM
Ok.

dugimodo
20-03-2012, 06:15 AM
Export you favourites and your email address book if you have one, copy any data you want to keep off the 80GB drive, then re-install everything. There is a file and settings transfer wizard you could try as part of windows but I haven't heard great things about it.
Make sure you have all the installers first. because the old drive is so small you could easily make an image of it in case something doesn't go right.

ChazTheGeek
20-03-2012, 06:23 AM
Thanks for the advice.

1101
20-03-2012, 10:32 AM
Never seen drivers for CPU's.

Yep, there are drivers for AMD CPU's (for XP that I know of) .

ChazTheGeek
20-03-2012, 04:53 PM
So no CPU drivers needed for anything above XP?

icow
20-03-2012, 04:55 PM
I've never seem cpu drivers so no. Even if they do exist you should be able to boot up anyway. Then install the drivers.

ChazTheGeek
21-03-2012, 06:34 AM
Probably.