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I currently have a Intel 775 socket mobo/cpu and ddr2 memory. I have my OS on my 80GB HD. I just ordered a AM3 mobo/cpu and ddr3 memory. I want to do a fresh OS install on the 80GB again and was just wondering how exactly I should go about doing that because I never have before.

Don't know if I should just put the new parts in, boot up (if it works? New hardware + old drivers = ? lol), and then do a fresh OS install?
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What OS? If you want to do a fresh install regardless, I would just put it all together, boot from your OS install disk, wipe the drive and go. Make sure you back up all of the files you want to keep first.

EDIT: If you are installing XP and you try to boot to XP after changing the MB, you will likely boot to a BSOD.
    
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You will have to back up that drive, just move everything to you 500gb and then when you do a fresh install move all the necessary things back over.
Of course programs/software will have to be reinstalled.
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You will have to back up that drive, just move everything to you 500gb and then when you do a fresh install move all the necessary things back over.
Of course programs/software will have to be reinstalled.
Okay that's what I was thinking. And it's Windows 7 x64 and it's a OEM but I have another free copy if this doesn't work.
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it's pretty simple, if the OS is still on the HDD you just insert the windows 7 disc and click Upgrade. However if you are on Windows XP or prior you must backup all your personal data, as it will do a complete format of the OS. You may also opt to keep the data as it will save as windowsbackup on the local drive (not recommended).
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