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i haven't reinstalled in over a year(first mobo upgrade with vista)and i'm not doing it again till i have to.
i have two drives: C and Z,windows is in C but the music,documents and image folders are in the Z drive so if i delete the old windows install with the DVD will it erase the afromentioned folders?
if it doesn't then i'll only have to reinstall my games.
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I've seen people on other forum's that don't reinstall when upgrading and they say that everything is A-OK, so it might be possible I guess it just depends on your luck.
 
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fox_Smash View Post
this friday my new parts are arriving(G0 Q6600,DS3L Mobo)and i read everywhere that i have to reinstall windows when i upgrade mobo or else it will BSOD like crazy.
there's no way in hell i'm reinstalling windows so i need help in changing mobo without reinstalling.
the best i could think of is using driver cleaner to wipe out the old mobo drivers and then installing the new one.
any suggestion/help is very welcome/repped!
Your operating system is tied to your motherboard {chipset drivers etc}, if you use another board youll have to install another operating system , you might get lucky and call microsoft and tell them what your doing , i doubt they will let you use the same system tho , why would they ? theyd LOSE money......just buy a flash drive and you can load all your apps / files / everything you have now , after the new operating system ..sorry , theres no way around it
    
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post #14 of 24
It is possible, take a look at this post

http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/...4/m/1400925745

I personally never tried it, but I know a guy at work did it without issue...

Now, if you have a copy of vista or xp on a machine, it will notice a hardware change. Windows has a couple activations before it doesn't allow you to anymore and you would need to call them up and tell them you replaced your motherboard and they would basically allow you to activate again.
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im i have vista and i was switching my hd between 4 systems and it still works just fine
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Don't waste time. Reinstall will save you more time than figuring out how to solve problems that occur without reinstalling windows.
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im i have vista and i was switching my hd between 4 systems and it still works just fine
4 different systems huh ? you know thats B/S
    
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I had a RAID-0 set that I had initially installed on an Asus p5ke wifi-ap board, then had to RMA the board. I put the drives in my newly ordered DFI DK-x38 t2r board, and the OS loaded right up. It went from the P35 Intel chipset to the X38 chipset without problems. So if the board you are moving to has the same manufacturer chipset, you may be okay. I doubt it though. I was super surprised that my transferred OS worked.
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4 different systems huh ? you know thats B/S
its not
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same chipset maker?
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