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Replacing CPU/Processor/Ram, do i need to reinstall windows vista?

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Hey guys, today i ordered 8gb of ram, a motherboard and a processor. my old processor is Intel while the new one is AMD and the new motherboard is Gigabyte while my old one is some packard bell stock MB.

will i need to reinstall Windows Vista 64 bit? as i dont really want to lose all my hard drive by formatting it
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post #2 of 11
Swapping motherboards will likely require a re-installation of your OS, especially given the large differences in chipset and on-board components, if you want things to work correctly.
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post #3 of 11
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Swapping motherboards will likely require a re-installation of your OS, especially given the large differences in chipset and on-board components, if you want things to work correctly.
Right =/ i was afraid of that. Is it worth just loading it up and see if it works after switching or will i 100% have to reinstall the OS?
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post #4 of 11
Yes, new motherboard/chipset, always do a fresh install. At least for safety. And remember to have the HDD setup right, before installing. If you forgot to RAID, you might have to reinstall, if you wanted RAID.
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post #5 of 11
Worst case is that your OS will state that it is incompatible with the hardware or lacks drivers or something like that, which you can fix by switching back the motherboard (which is a decent amount of work). I can pretty much guarantee that you will need to reinstall your OS, so you should start backing up files if you want to continue your rig rebuild.
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Not really, i went thru a simliar change. What i ended up doing, altho tedious but comfortable was making a second blank partition to install the new 2nd windows with my new hardware, then slowly reduce and expand partitions in window's disk management tool until i completely backed up all my files, programs, music and everything, and just formated the original old hardware partition.
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post #7 of 11
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Thanks guys, il begin backing up all my stuff now to an external hard drive and then format the hard drive for a clean install.
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post #8 of 11
this happened to me once i got the unable to boot because of hardware change so i booted into the windows 7 disc and just hit repair and i did not lose anything
 
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post #9 of 11
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this happened to me once i got the unable to boot because of hardware change so i booted into the windows 7 disc and just hit repair and i did not lose anything
I might try a repair install then, see how that is.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Savato28 View Post
I might try a repair install then, see how that is.
DId it work
 
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HP 2009m+ 40inch HD tv ozt zt 750watt open bench  
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AMD phenom 9650 Stock HP Motherboard Geforce 9100 8 GIGs ddr 2 
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