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Switch from asus MB to ASrock. Clean install of windows?

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My new asrock extreme4 gen3 is coming in this afternoon to replace my asus p8z68-v lx. I replaced it so when I buy my second 560 ti this weekend I have sli support. I was reading into new motherboards and it didn't even occur to me that I might need to reinstall windows. Is this true? I'm seeing yes and no and maybe answers pretty equally across google. Do I just need to do a repair install? Or can I plug and play my new MB, installing the drivers I need and deleting the old ones? I've got class now until 1:45 so ill check back in a minute to see wat you have to say!
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Clean install, every time.
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Well you could do repair or let it install the drivers that it needs but you have to uninstall all the other drivers the other motherboard was using and if it leaves certain registry or settings it could cause conflicts or issues. I went from X58 to Z68 and it booted up fine but there was just a lot of stuff I would have to uninstall and clean out that its just best to start from scratch and have a fully clean system. Then you will know that if you do get issues its not because of your OS installation.
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My current Windows 7 install is on it's 7th motherboard and 5th GPU with no issues.

Yes a clean install is better, but not absolutely necessary.

Also, if you have an OEM Windows Key, the EULA states you can not use it again (see the link in my sig for info on OEM Windows).

And before anyone else replies differently, read the link.
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post #5 of 11
You don't have to reinstall. The OS will mostly ask to reactivate though.
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Asrock has all sorts of its own licensed features that asus I do not believe has. There are three different xfast drivers, the realtek drivers are going to be different from Asus which are your sound and etherenet drivers.

I would suggest a clean install. But before you do that, you may want to go to Asrocks site and get your ethernet driver directly from them so you dont have to use the driver suite cd as its got a few programs you most likely do not want on your pc.
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post #7 of 11
i've went from a Asus to a Gigabyte and never once had to re-activate the OS or anything it was just plug in and go, even all the goodies i installed from the Asus Motherboard were erased from the hard drive aswell drivers automatically which gave me a clear pathway to installign my Gigabyte goodies and Drivers biggrin.gif
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Alright. I'm just gonna do a clean install of windows. This is something I've never done, having bought laptops with recovery cd's. What's the best way to do this? Do I just leave my hardrive as is, build my computer around the new asrock board and boot from my windows cd? Does that wipe my drive clean, or do I need to reformat?
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when you boot up in bios set boot option to CD rom 1st, then save and exit with windows disc in and the installation will begin. It will list the partitions on the HDD and just pick the main one and click format.

Make sure you save all the files you want to keep prior to reinstalling.
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Thanks biker. I've never had to format a HDD before. I Didn't know you did it right at installation. Thanks for that. I'm backing up all my files now for when UPS shows up with the board. Here's to hoping it's not DOA like 40% of motherboards according to Newegg reviews lol.
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