Startup issues in Windows XP due to change of motherboard

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Motherboard of a computer consists of a Printed Circuit Board (or PCB) through which all the system peripheral devices are attached. They are attached via cables that are plugged into various Integrated Circuits known as chipsets. When you install an operating system, it is configured with respect to the motherboard that you have. But, if you change or replace your motherboard, you may encounter various issues related to system startup or boot process. This would indeed make your system unbootable and lead to severe data loss. To overcome this problem, you need to go for partition recovery through a reliable third-party utility.

Let’s assume a practical scenario. Suppose you replace the motherboard of your Windows XP-based system  and then try to reboot your PC. In this situation, you may come across various startup issues or even see a STOP error on your screen similar to the following:





The motherboard of your system has an embedded IDE controller, which contains the chipset configuration for your system. If you change your motherboard, you are very likely to face some startup issues as the IDE controller on the new motherboard will have a different chipset configuration.

This would prevent you from accessing the precious data stored within the system. In such circumstances, you may use a backup to restore all lost or deleted data. However, if the backup is missing, you should follow the below mentioned resolution steps.



Take the following steps to resolve the issue:

  • In-place upgrade of Windows XP: If the old and the new IDE controller show the same harddisk size, you can perform an in-place upgrade of Windows XP to fix this issue.
  • Fresh installation of Windows XP: If the new controller shows a different size of the hard disk, you should try to repartition and format your hard disk. Now, install Windows XP on a newly-created partition.


If the problem still persists, you should take help of proficient partition recovery software. These third-party utilities are immensely useful in performing a precise recovery of any Widows-based drive or volume by using highly robust and efficient scan methods. They support recovery from FAT and NTFS file systems. Furthermore, they are compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, and NT4 (SP6).

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