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Ok, I am very seriously considering getting a new Board here pretty soon to get ready for Bulldozer, now i have looked around a lot and have not found a clear answer.

When I do get this new board can I just simply uninstall the old mobo drivers and install the new ones and then call Microsoft to get my windows 7 (not OEM) registered to the new board or will i need to do a full format and re-install?

I'll be switching from the board i have to one of the new AM3+ ASRock boards
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When my mainboard had some issues, I replaced with indentical new board. Thinking why should re-format and fresh OS re-install while everything remain the same, BIOS Version, RAID, pre-install driver, et al. It worked for few days then started to get weird issues like BSODs, driver stop responding. Decided to re-format, fresh OS re-install, install motherboard drivers and problems went away.
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hit startup repair on boot if you a faced with issues fitting the the hd to the new mobo,the repair process applies the right drivers
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If you replace the board with one that is not identical, you should either do a clean install, or remove all drivers (not just motherboard drivers) beforehand, because everything is going to need to be redetected and reinstalled by the OS anyway.
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post #5 of 13
If your going to uninstall the old drivers you should do that before you connect to the new motherboard.

If the new board use the same nb/sb chipset as the old one you shouldn't need to uninstall the drivers. Just update them if you need to. I've done this on a EP45 mb to X58 mb.

The best thing to do is a fresh install, to avoid any errors.
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Originally Posted by MightyMission View Post
hit startup repair on boot if you a faced with issues fitting the the hd to the new mobo,the repair process applies the right drivers
Maybe that would do the trick but was thinking why don't just do it right the second time, rather than have to go back and do it again if it starts to give all sort of issues. Fresh OS re-install doesn't take long to do and I have all my user files back-up
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I tired doing the whole repair thing etc, with my new mobo. Didn't work. I just reformatted. Only thing on my HD is games. All music, photos, etc is on an external.

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post #8 of 13
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so i should try the repair thing first and then do the full wipe?

the thing is i am just really sick of having to wipe my drive and start over, i have all my music and movies on a second drive but i'll have to re-install all my programs get all my settings back and re-download all my games which will take eons...

EDIT: also it will not be on the same NB/SB i have 770 right now the new one is 970
Edited by h0thead132 - 8/22/11 at 9:20am
post #9 of 13
I always format when i get something like a cpu or mobo. I just have my important stuff on my backup drive.
post #10 of 13
well i had good luck i upgraded from an asus m4a785-m am2+ board to a biostar ta890fxe plugged everything in and it work never needed to reformat i guess it just hit in miss.

havnt had to reformat on 2 mobo changes but 1 i did
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