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Reinstalling windows after a new mobo?

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Ok, so I need a new motherboard as my current one is failing. I'm sure this has been asked a bunch of times before, but do I need to reinstall windows if I get a new motherboard? I really would rather not if I don't have to. Thanks for any advice
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Yes you must. Always have to reformat when getting a new board. smile.gif

Edit: missed the part its the same board.
Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 11/4/11 at 8:49am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock;15569554 
Yes you must. Always have to reformat when getting a new board. smile.gif

No, you don't.

You may just have to reactivate.
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o, news to me.
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there are a few factors that could help prevent form re-install windows. Windows 7 + same series of chipset. Once that the case you good to go, but still, re-install Windows always better, because it makes the PC feels new again.
    
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You must not, but it's the best wink.gif

If the mobo is the same as before, you must not.
If the new mobo uses same chipset, try it, it might work.
If a lot is different, do not even think its gonna work wink.gif --> it uses different drivers for different chipsets etc...

However a friend of me told me once there is some software to make an image of your harddrive and you can use increments with it if needed and you should be able to "paste" that image on every new setup if needed...

Software:
Acronis True Image Home 2010 or 2011 WITH the plus pack (or the more expensive Home Edition)
Howto: I dunno, never tried it, but it has something to do with pre-installing the drivers of the mobo (or mobo's) into that image... Kinda like "Slipstreaming" XP back then, or like V-lite and N-lite stuff...

But if you totaly want to be sure it works: Format C: wink.gif
   
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Originally Posted by Hallock;15569641 
there are a few factors that could help prevent form re-install windows. Windows 7 + same series of chipset. Once that the case you good to go, but still, re-install Windows always better, because it makes the PC feels new again.

I would prefer not to because I hate reinstalling all my programs, but if thats what i have to do.... I do need a new mobo, but I can wait a bit longer, been debating on if I should wait for socket 2011, but idk if I will be able to afford it.

The reason I need a new mobo is 3 out of my 6 RAM slots no longer work, the computer will not post if there is RAM in any of those 3 slots, and a 4th slot only works about half the time. I will only detect that there is RAM in the slot about half the time.
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I recently moved from an older LGA775 build to Sandy Bridge, and Windows would not successfully boot to the login screen - it always hung at the orb loading loop. It tried repairing the installation but failed, citing something about an unexpected hardware change; I never had the opportunity to reactivate, so I ended up pursuing a clean installation.
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In the past, I've replaced motherboards without having to reinstall Windows. But they have all always had the same chipset.
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in the past, when changing MBs i havent had to reinstall/reformat- but i have had re activate which is not a big deal.
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