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Hi guys,

For the last 20 (?) years from now, when i upgraded/changed my lobo/cpu, i used to delete my windows (95-98-XP) partition, and do a new fresh installation (with the the same OS).

Why ?

Because I was told that not doing that could lower things, windows could save old hardware configs, and making the whole thing pretty unstable.

I may plan to get a new mobo, so i ask.

Is it still a concern with windows 7 ?
Do I need to do that ?

Thanks
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IMO its always advisable to do a fresh install - of course you could always just uninstall all of your old drivers and then install the new ones when you replace the motherboard, but fresh is always best smile.gif
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Hi guys,
For the last 20 (?) years from now, when i upgraded/changed my lobo/cpu, i used to delete my windows (95-98-XP) partition, and do a new fresh installation (with the the same OS).
Why ?
Because I was told that not doing that could lower things, windows could save old hardware configs, and making the whole thing pretty unstable.
I may plan to get a new mobo, so i ask.
Is it still a concern with windows 7 ?
Do I need to do that ?

Thanks

Yes, because if you don't and you have a lot of folders in C:\ It will look really messy!

The thing is you can have the option to install Windows 7 on top of an existing Windows O.S. and the important windows folders (Windows, Users/Documents and Settings, Program files) get transferred to a WIndows.old folder.
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