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This is all a big "IF" as I don't have the money to do so yet. But if I do upgrade my motherboard, I have read that it is better to do a fresh install of Windows what with new hardware and all that. That's ok, that makes sense.

But what if I were to install from from backup, instead of just plugging in old drive.

Let's say my OS + files are on Drive A and I've been making backup including and image backup on Drive B.

With a new motherboard, I would let Windows install onto new Drive C, but during the install process I would choose install from backup from Drive B. How would that go? What about all the Windows update stuff? Would I have to download and install all the Windows update all over again, making no difference as if I was installing 100% fresh?

Or should one just install fresh on new drive/partition and move files back (game saves and programs settings and what not) the old fashion way? I really don't want to waste another day waiting for Windows to download and update and reboot a million times before I set my other programs up.

Any insights would be good, thanks. smile.gif

Also a side question as I am an SSD n00b.

Let's say I decide to upgrade to an SSD on a rig, and an SSD I got has enough capacity to contain all my current drive things. Is it ok to use whatever tools they or the internet provide to make a complete mirror copy to the new SSD, and boot from the SSD? Would it affect the SSD's performance in any ways?

And I have heard stuff with SSD firmware and update and all that. So would it be ok to use a new SSD, boot from that, then update it? Or would it be better to update it on a current rig before using the SSD as a new drive on a new system?

Sorry for the many questions, and thanks for any help. I put this in the Windows part as my primary question was regarding that in a way. Mods, please kindly move my thread if it's in the wrong forum. Thank you.
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Whenever changing system I leap at the chance to do a fresh install and remove all the useless programs I collect rolleyes.gif

I think OEM versions of Windows are locked to a single mobo, but if you ring up Microsoft may give you the relevant software/keys (not sure) to switch motherboards.


SSDs:
If you have the cash definitely get one. Far too often HDD read speeds are the bottleneck for booting and program opening. I have a 120gb SSD containing system and program files, I've moved my Users folder to a 1.5TB HDD. Normal files don't need to be on the SSD, so factor that in if you decide to get one.

This is definitely one of the best upgrades you can do for the price and you should notice a stark improvement.

I've run an SSD optimization tool (or something like that) after install, the time shouldn't make any difference unless there's a major change to how files are stored (unlikely). That said, you might as well run any updates before installation if you can.
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Thanks for the reply, but my concern does not lie with the license per se, but more with the Windows update file and what not. Lol. I guess everyone goes through the day of endless updates (multiple days if you have a slow Internet connection) at a fresh install...

I know the performance improvement I'd get with an SSD. And if curse i wiuld use it with an HDD on the side.

Was just asking regarding the firmware/update side of the SSD itself, and if I was splashing out for an SSD, I want to everything I can in my end to make sure it gets the best performance out of it. That's why I asked if it'd be ok to mirror an existing drive image onto it to save all the fresh install procedure, and if this'll hinder the performance as Windows may still recognise it as an HDD and not fully utilise the SSD speed. (Paranoia)

Thanks again for the input.
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Ah, my bad. Yes you can do that:

http://lifehacker.com/5837543/how-to-migrate-to-a-solid+state-drive-without-reinstalling-windows

Almost exactly the same as the method you posted.
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Thank you so much for the link, it has answered a few of my problems, and within there more links to more answers. Thank you. +Rep. thumb.gif
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Thank you so much for the link, it has answered a few of my problems, and within there more links to more answers. Thank you. +Rep. thumb.gif

No problem, hope the upgrade goes well.
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Thanks. One of these days, when I get the money. any money... :/
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