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Question about switching the motherboard

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Hey, so I´ve started to contemplate switching my current z68 pro3 gen3 to z68 extreme3 gen3 because of its better bios, more phasepower and decent price. I would obviously sell my current board.

If I would switch, do you think it would be necessary to reinstall windows all over again? I mean, it is still the same chipset, the same manufacturer etc. its not like switching from AMD to intel so do you think it would work?

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post #2 of 4
should be fine...in the past few months I've done several mobo switches for friends with out reinstalls and no problems yet (though all were AMD)
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Ok, so I am bumping this now as I ordered an Asus P8Z68-V/Gen3 mobo, it should arrive here tomorrow and now I am asking how should I proceed with the installation? If possible, I want to avoid re-installing windows so I just switch mobos, reboot and should be good to go? I dont know how much it changes things, that I´m going from Asrock to Asus...

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post #4 of 4

There are two potential issues: 1) drivers and 2) licensing/activation.

 

For the drivers, I've heard other members say that they were able to remove the old ones, install the new board, update the drivers, and  *blammo* it works. But for me, I like the peace of mind that comes with a fresh windows install.

 

As far as licensing, OEM windows is supposed to be tied to each motherboard and that board only. Retail windows should let you do at least a few mobo swaps. 

 

Keep in mind that I've heard allot of different experiences on this one, I'm just sharing what I know.

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