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« on: April 13, 2008, 01:06:45 PM »

Hi,
I'd like to upgrade my PC.  It has only 1/2 Gig RAM, so I could easily add more.  But I'm wondering if limitations exist elsewhere on the PC...  It's about 4 years old - an Intel Pentium 4 motherboard at 2.0 GHz.  Also, Windows XP is running on an old 10Gb hard-drive.  It all works fine right now - but would upgrading my RAM have any effect with hardware like this?
Thanks a lot for any input!
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 02:00:37 AM »

Memory can safely be installed without XP taking a hissy fit. If you change the motherboard you will need to purchase another Xp  license.
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Users who run a Microsoft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) operating system may upgrade or replace most of the hardware components on the computer and still maintain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software provided by the OEM, with the exception of an upgrade or a replacement of the motherboard. An upgrade or a replacement of the motherboard is considered to create a new personal computer. Therefore, Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer is created, and a new operating system license is required. If the motherboard is replaced because of a defect, the user does not need to acquire a new operating system license for the computer. The motherboard replacement must be the same make and model, or the same manufacturer
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