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Is there anyway to swap a mobo without reinstalling windows vista?

post #1 of 15
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Ok here is the issue. I've got an Asus P5N-E SLI with the 650i chipset. Problem is the mobo hates quads so I cannot get a stable overclock on my Q6600. Wondering if there is any way possible to switch to a P35 or 780i mobo without reinstalling windows I don't have a windows vista 32bit disc, only the key...
post #2 of 15
You should be able to switch without reinstalling windows, that's exactly what i did when i switched to a new motherboard. All was needed as a quick call to microsoft to reactivate windows which literally takes minutes.
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post #3 of 15
I think you will have driver issues if you do that. It is always best to do a clean install after a MB/CPU replacement. I would like to know if there is a way to do it as well though since I need a new mobo (mine is failing) and would prefer not to go through all the trouble of reinstalling all my programs.
post #4 of 15
None that I know of, but you can install from a USB.
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post #5 of 15
Paragon imaging suite has an option to make an image of your drive and install on another pc. I javent used that feature but assume it takes care of the drivers automatically. The full version is fully functional for 14days or so to try. Download at the paragon page
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post #6 of 15
Uninstall all the motherboard drivers, swap the motherboard, start up in safe mode, clean up any issues, then restart and reinstall the new mb drivers, but as started about a fresh install is best, went through the exact same thing about 2 years ago when I swapped out my P5N-E SLI.
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post #7 of 15
Or you can just switch the mobo, and if Win doesn't run, try Repair from the F8 menu, then boot to safe mode, uninstall old audio and chipset drivers, install new ones, and done
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post #8 of 15
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Thanks guys. Gonna throw ya'll some rep. I'm currently about to flash my bios back to 0608 and try ocing the Q6600. If it still won't oc then I'm going to try uninstalling all drivers and getting a new board.
post #9 of 15
i just ran the repair tool on the windows disk that always works for me
post #10 of 15
As long as you use the same mobo you shouldn't have any issues. I work in a Dell shop and when I have to warranty mobo's I never have to reinstall or repair Windows. Boots up like nothing was ever replaced.
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