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Hi, sorry newbish question here but.. someone told me when i get a new CPU/Motherboard/Ram id have to reformat my computer and install windows again.

I just got a intel E6850 with 1gb DDR2 ram and a Abit IP35 motherboard.

My old stuff is a Socket 939 Gigatech motherboard with a AMD Athlon 4000+ and 1gb DDR ram.

When i change this around will it require a reformat? or a re-install of windows, cause i recently just reformatted and i cant be bothered doing it again haha. thanks
    
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When you change mobos, yes a reformat is pretty much mandatory.
Rare exceptions when the mobo is the same chipset.
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it is not necessary unless you change out mother boards.
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You should, since you changed the motherboard.
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new mobo = reformat
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it depends, its gonna be hit or miss, ive switched harddrives between completely different computers and it still booted, but dont get your hopes up
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Ok thanks guys, its just i had a AMD Sempron and some other motherboard, and upgraded to AMD Athlon 4000+ and gigabyte motherboard without a reformat.


Also just a new installation of windows will do? im not in the mood to backup everything, can i just install a new windows in a different directory?
    
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Surprisingly I was able to login to XP (previously running on an 875P chipset) on my new Nvidia 775 chipset although it was rather unstable.

It may be ok if you are auctualy able to login then clear all your drivers etc... but it's a risky move I'd never take.

Backup then start fresh!
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Ok thanks guys, its just i had a AMD Sempron and some other motherboard, and upgraded to AMD Athlon 4000+ and gigabyte motherboard without a reformat.


Also just a new installation of windows will do? im not in the mood to backup everything, can i just install a new windows in a different directory?
You could partion the drive then move your files etc.. over
Done that many a time.
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new CPU should be just fine...

the only time you may have issues with a new CPU is going from single-core to multi-core...


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You could partion the drive then move your files etc.. over
Done that many a time.
Always a good idea... I normally set a 40GB partition at the beginning of the drive and use this for OS/essentials/swap and make another for the rest... then change my default My Documents/Desktop/Application Data/Program Files to D: and install away...

something screws up... i don't even think twice about dropping in that slipsteamed auto install with my drivers and starting over... but normally just boot my BartPE disk with DriveXML plugin and reload my previous installed image from my file server...
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