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  • Is it possible to change my old puters CPU Ahtlon 64 single core to

    Athlon 64 X2 dualcore without XP re-install

    and how about task management?

    with thanks

    Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:16 AM

Answers

  • Swapping the CPU is primarily a hardware problem and you will have to refer to the documentation for your motherboard to see if it supports the CPU you want to install.

    As for Windows XP, it will not require a re-installation nor a re-activation with just a CPU upgrade.

    As for task management you may need to need to update your BIOS and you may need to change the HAL module.  It has been a long. long time since I have done this and I cannot remember the exact procedure.  Your best bet is to search the internet for change xp from single core to multicore cpu to see if you can locate the procedure.

    The Microsoft KB @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309283 might be a good start for information.


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    Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:25 PM
  • From memory you should be able to drop it in and restart XP. With luck Windows will go through the "Found new hardware" routine otherwise you will need to install the new Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) manually by updating the model found under 'Computer' in Device Manager to (most probably) "ACPI Multiprocessor PC" or to "MPS Multiprocessor PC" for a non-ACPI computer - see:

    Upgrade from a Uniprocessor to a Multiprocessor Computer
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732060.aspx

    Before doing this take the warning on the page above seriously and prepare suitable backups. Also, just to be sure, do not attempt to update the HAL if there are two cores already showing in the Performance tab of Task Manager or under Processors in Device Manager.

    Finally you will need to install the AMD Dual Core Optimizer to provide system stability. See:

    http://support.amd.com/en-us/search/utilities




    Thursday, November 7, 2013 1:05 PM

All replies

  • Swapping the CPU is primarily a hardware problem and you will have to refer to the documentation for your motherboard to see if it supports the CPU you want to install.

    As for Windows XP, it will not require a re-installation nor a re-activation with just a CPU upgrade.

    As for task management you may need to need to update your BIOS and you may need to change the HAL module.  It has been a long. long time since I have done this and I cannot remember the exact procedure.  Your best bet is to search the internet for change xp from single core to multicore cpu to see if you can locate the procedure.

    The Microsoft KB @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309283 might be a good start for information.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”


    Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:25 PM
  • From memory you should be able to drop it in and restart XP. With luck Windows will go through the "Found new hardware" routine otherwise you will need to install the new Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) manually by updating the model found under 'Computer' in Device Manager to (most probably) "ACPI Multiprocessor PC" or to "MPS Multiprocessor PC" for a non-ACPI computer - see:

    Upgrade from a Uniprocessor to a Multiprocessor Computer
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732060.aspx

    Before doing this take the warning on the page above seriously and prepare suitable backups. Also, just to be sure, do not attempt to update the HAL if there are two cores already showing in the Performance tab of Task Manager or under Processors in Device Manager.

    Finally you will need to install the AMD Dual Core Optimizer to provide system stability. See:

    http://support.amd.com/en-us/search/utilities




    Thursday, November 7, 2013 1:05 PM
  • Well thanks both of you a for answers!

    I am doing this for my friend to revitalize his pc. He is afraid for reinstall of windows, because if he'd lose some old "things/stuff".

    with best regard Sami

    Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:22 PM