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post #1 of 6
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I was wondering if when I upgrade to the new mobo can I use a Windows upgrade disc to get it working instead of a install?

I have messed with alot of PC's but I have never had to go without a install disc so all I have is an upgrade disc.
Edited by JohnDong - 3/24/12 at 7:53am
post #2 of 6
If you already have a working system and all you are doing is changing the mobo, then boot after you are done and let windows sort it self out. It will bleat about activation and just do what it says. I changed my Mobo, RAM and CPU and was able to reactivate it.
post #3 of 6
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I am not reinstalling just using an upgrade disc.
post #4 of 6
Does your system already have a Hard drive with OS on it? If so just swap the mobo and boot up on it. Windows will sort out the drivers.

If the drive is blank you will need some proper install media. An existing, and activated copy of Windows must exist on the hard drive prior to installation, I think for the upgrade disk to work.

This process used to work on Vista. not sure about Win 7 though.
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by dihartnell View Post

Does your system already have a Hard drive with OS on it? If so just swap the mobo and boot up on it. Windows will sort out the drivers.
If the drive is blank you will need some proper install media. An existing, and activated copy of Windows must exist on the hard drive prior to installation, I think for the upgrade disk to work.
This process used to work on Vista. not sure about Win 7 though.

I tried that it didn't work, I just ended up buying a installer copy of Windows 7 Ultimate X64.
post #6 of 6
IF there are any mobo specific drivers like onboard video/sound/lan/USB drivers installed, Un-install them BEFORE you swap out your board so Windows wont try to load them when you boot up with your new board. You shouldnt have to re-install, or upgrade Windows to make it work as long as there is a working copy on one of your hard drives.
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