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got a new mobo, do i have to re-install windows?

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yay-nay? im thinking it wont work.
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Personally, I would do a clean install of windows.

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If you have an OEM copy of Windows, then it's not really allowed.

 

If you have a retail copy (that is, Upgrade or Full), then I say try it without reinstalling but prepare as though you're going to have to format and start over.  That way if you do have to start over, then you'll at least be ready for it.  I mean, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

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I suggest a new, clean install in these types of situations.

Trust me, it saves a whole heap of issues moving forward into a new build.

Plus, it avoids conflicts with old mobo drivers thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

If you have an OEM copy of Windows, then it's not really allowed.

If you have a retail copy (that is, Upgrade or Full), then I say try it without reinstalling but prepare as though you're going to have to format and start over.  That way if you do have to start over, then you'll at least be ready for it.  I mean, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

agreed, you might get lucky and only need to update some drivers.

personally though i like to do a fresh instal as it can breath new life into your rig smile.gif
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I saw someone on here say that you could, by doing a few steps, something like wipe all drivers before shutting down and then putting in the new mobo and letting it recognize everything again...let me see if I can find it...they said it worked most of the time but that a clean install was recommended.
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I saw someone on here say that you could, by doing a few steps, something like wipe all drivers before shutting down and then putting in the new mobo and letting it recognize everything again...let me see if I can find it...they said it worked most of the time but that a clean install was recommended.

A lot of times it will work, But some times it wont.

I changed boards on my old rig once and it refused to even boot windows even with the old drivers cleared.

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well I couldn't find the one on here but here is one...

on XP
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2007/09/how-to-install-a-new-motherboard-without-reinstalling-windows/


I've also seen people say to put in your windows disk and run a "repair windows" session and that should help...

then I've also had friends swap out 2500k/z68 setups with 990/fx8150

and claim to have NO problems (this was on win 7 ultimate)

hope this helps
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Originally Posted by Disturbed117 View Post

A lot of times it will work, But some times it wont.
I changed boards on my old rig once and it refused to even boot windows even with the old drivers cleared.

I agree clean install is always best, but I understand the frustration of not always having those install files with you (disk imaging FTW...usually)

worse comes to worst just back everything up and try it...if it fails...well clean install...if not your good.

oh and you'll have to reactivate windows, so this will NOT work with an OEM copy
Edited by Jim888 - 11/20/12 at 5:14pm
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