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Question about upgrading my motherboard.

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Hey everyone, first time posting. I was wondering if anyone could help me with an upgrade I want to make to my computer. I have a dell xps gen 3 and I want to upgrade the motherboard/cpu. If I do that, will I be able to just plug in the new hardware and start up and go? Or will I have to reload windows and everything else? Thanks in advance to anyone who answers.
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A fresh install of Windows is always recommended when upgrading the mobo and cpu.

It is POSSIBLE to do it without reinstalling, but you are looking at having to uninstall and reinstall chipset drivers and so on.
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Samsung HD501LJ 500GB Samsung 20X Lightscribe Vista X64 Dell 2407WFP 
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you will have to reformat probably.
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