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Swapping MOBO's w/o having to Re-install

post #1 of 21
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Is it possible to switch Motherboard's, but keeping the same OS, programs, and data on your current HD, without having to re-install everything after making the swap

I know this is possible with XP from just doing something with one of the controllers; article found here..
http://tweakxp.com/article37174.aspx (tested and worked)

but how do u do something lik this for Vista? same thing, will it work

(i have a dual boot, XP ande Vista)
post #2 of 21
it is illegal to switch mobo's and use the same oem copy of an OS. if you have the retail disk you can just reinstall.
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it is illegal to switch mobo's and use the same oem copy of an OS. if you have the retail disk you can just reinstall.
who said anything about OEM?
post #4 of 21
If ithe mobo has the same chipset the odds are in your favor, but, there is still that chance that you may have to, even with the same chipset. Your drivers will also need to be switched for the new hardware. If the mobo has the same chipset i'd say you have about a 75% chance off being OK. In other words-back up all important files first!
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it is illegal to switch mobo's and use the same oem copy of an OS. if you have the retail disk you can just reinstall.
it is? u cant switch mobo's itll just be like U SWITCHED TO MANY Things and reactivate windows... just call em up and say its same computer just diffrent mobo. they helped me and plus yes just uninstall all motherboard drivers ;D you can chipset has nothing to do with it.

here ya go
http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=772307
    
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If ithe mobo has the same chipset the odds are in your favor, but, there is still that chance that you may have to, even with the same chipset. Your drivers will also need to be switched for the new hardware. If the mobo has the same chipset i'd say you have about a 75% chance off being OK. In other words-back up all important files first!
should i install the drivers for the new mobo from my current mobo, and then switch?
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it is? u cant switch mobo's itll just be like U SWITCHED TO MANY Things and reactivate windows... just call em up and say its same computer just diffrent mobo. they helped me and plus yes just uninstall all motherboard drivers ;D you can chipset has nothing to do with it.

here ya go
http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=772307
thats for XP, wat bout for Vista
post #8 of 21
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should i install the drivers for the new mobo from my current mobo, and then switch?
uninstall all the drivers for your mobo, restart, then turn off and switch motherboard out then install new drivers
    
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post #9 of 21
No. Uninstall the old ones/put in the new mobo/install the new ones.
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No. Uninstall the old ones/put in the new mobo/install the new ones.
is it that easy though, would other issues arise, like OS issues (not booting up)
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