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Hi all.

I've ordered a new MB and CPU and want to know if I HAVE to format my HDD and reinstall windows to use it, or "should" I? I really don't want to and kind of can't at the moment.
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I know vista/xp would instantly blue screen, I think windows 7 can run on different mobos but I personally wouldnt do it, but if you wipe the drivers off and install new ones it might work.



its not exactly hard to install os. You can partition your drive and copy everything on then install the os on original partition and it will be fine.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 8/14/11 at 6:15pm
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You don't HAVE to, but you may face issue's. Best to install a fresh OS when changing platforms/sockets.
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I know it's easy to install an OS, I've done it many times before. Can I create a partition and install a fresh cope of 7 to it and move everything over and then delete the old section effectively adding the space to my newer partition making it like it was before?
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I've been running fine with no issues at all after changing my motherboard during the start of the year. Don't know why people recommend to reformat.
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I know it's easy to install an OS, I've done it many times before. Can I create a partition and install a fresh cope of 7 to it and move everything over and then delete the old section effectively adding the space to my newer partition making it like it was before?
If you have OS partition, just clean install over there. Format first that part, and then clean installation for your Win 7.
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Nope just install new drivers... old will be deactivated. Don't see why it would BSoD...?
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I know it's easy to install an OS, I've done it many times before. Can I create a partition and install a fresh cope of 7 to it and move everything over and then delete the old section effectively adding the space to my newer partition making it like it was before?
Yes you can but then the computer/HDD wil move the entire partition creating a very lengthy process (some take days to complete).

I would recommend getting rid of all drivers that have anything to do with the mobo+cpu and then just reboot and let windows get the new drivers, should work.

You can always reinstall later, for example when you run into issues...
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Nope just install new drivers... old will be deactivated. Don't see why it would BSoD...?
I beg to differ, I had nothing but issues when I upgraded and didn't format, and re-installing my OS did the trick.

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I would recommend getting rid of all drivers that have anything to do with the mobo+cpu and then just reboot and let windows get the new drivers, should work.

You can always reinstall later, for example when you run into issues...
The problem I have with this is, if you are going to overclock and you start running in to issues (idle bsod's for example) how can you be sure its the oc or possibly driver conflicts in the os or other issues? I highly recommend a fresh install so you have a clean slate to work with. I say this because I also went from AMD to Intel, and believe me, a new os is the best bet.
Edited by fuloran1 - 8/15/11 at 4:26am
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