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So I just bought an ASUS M5A88-V EVO to replace my biostar a770e3. What problems should I expect when setting up my system again?

I was reading that some folks get problems with Windows activation after reinstalling on a new motherboard. Anything else I should prepare for or steps to take before making the switch?
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I highly recommend doing a fresh reinstall of Windows when changing components around (outside of a cases/fans).
 
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o definitly do a fresh install,i couldnt find your ram in the QVL might give you some issues
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post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by trailer park boy View Post

o definitly do a fresh install,i couldnt find your ram in the QVL might give you some issues

Luckily I checked my memory manufacturers site and its guaranteed compatible with the board, or so they say. I'll be super irritated if that turns out to be untrue.


At any rate thanks for the info gang smile.gif
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If your new board is working correctly, and you do a fresh install with the latest bios/drivers it should be fine. Good luck!
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If your new board is working correctly, and you do a fresh install with the latest bios/drivers it should be fine. Good luck!

you dnt need to fresh install, if ur against it, just make sure you have the serial key
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So I just bought an ASUS M5A88-V EVO to replace my biostar a770e3. What problems should I expect when setting up my system again?
I was reading that some folks get problems with Windows activation after reinstalling on a new motherboard. Anything else I should prepare for or steps to take before making the switch?

There shouldn't be any issues, I've done it 3 times with Windows 7 (if your using an earlier version of Windows you will need to do a fresh install) . Just make sure you uninstall all your old Mobo drivers before you install your new one. If by chance you do have an activation problem, just call MS support and they WILL issue you a new key thumb.gif
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do a fresh install it will make life so much easier and also that board rocks ive had mine for a few months and love it. just be careful if you use llc it tends to cause bsod after 1.5v in bios.
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I was always under the impression that if you bought an OEM copy of Windows, the serial key was linked to your motherboard. If the motherboard goes bad, you can get a replacement, and the key will still work if the replacement is the same board. If you decide to change or upgrade motherboards later down the road, the activation would not work, and you would have to purchase another key. Did I get the wrong information, or what? Lol.
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The requirement of reinstalling some drivers and that is it.  You do NOT HAVE TO REINSTALL THE OPERATING SYSTEM when switching motherboards, so long as you are on the same processor and same platform.  I went from a GA-MA790XT-UD4P to a GA-990XA-UD3 lately with no reinstall required.  My friend went M4A785-M to M4A89GTD PRO with no reinstall required.  My aunt's PC has gone through two motherboard switches with no reinstall requirement.

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