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I'm replacing a Q9550 and P45 chipset motherboard with a 3570K and Z77 chipset motherboard. Can I do this without reformatting and reinstalling Windows?

It's been several years since I've done this so my memory is fuzzy.

Thanks!
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The thing I always say is... New Mobo=Reinstall

You can get away with Architecure changes (CPU wise) But every type of new hardware is nice to have a clean reinstall, but if you dont we cannot ensure stabilty etc
     
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You can upgrade without doing a clean install but it's recommended that you do. Not doing so can cause drivers conflicts even if you think you've done it properly.
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Thanks for the comments guys. I'm going to give it a shot without reinstalling, but I'll probably end up doing one anyway.

Cheers!
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Even if it works i still would re install it, just for the sake of neatness and making full use of your new hardware, but thats just me...
     
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I've done it. Worked fine, BUT....I was seeing some performance issues. Drivers did reinstall like they should. Things just didn't seem right.

I only did it for a quick fix. After a bit I went ahead and did a fresh install. Either way, you will need to reactivate Windows since there is a new Mobo.
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Seriously, just reinstall windows...
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Originally Posted by marleyforprez View Post

Thanks for the comments guys. I'm going to give it a shot without reinstalling, but I'll probably end up doing one anyway.
Cheers!
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Windows is going to ask you to reactivate, with this much of a hardware change.
Microsoft will give you three days to reactivate.

Depending on what version of Windows 7 Pro you are using, retail or OEM.
With OEM, chances(?) are Microsoft will not accept reactivation, Microsoft will expect you to buy another copy of windows with a different serial number.
Or you might be able to buy an unused serial number off eBay.

If your copy of Win 7 Pro is a retail version, chances are you should be ok.
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post #9 of 9
You can also just do a sysprep on the old system right before you swap over, then when you put the drive in the new system it'll re-install all the drivers just like it would for a new install but keep all the installed programs. Best of both worlds.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/135077-windows-7-installation-transfer-new-computer.html
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