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I am going to install a new motherboard but use the old HDD. Is it better to do a fresh install? If so, how cause I update the BIOS on the mobo cause stock won't support the CPU I am going to be using? D/l the BIOS on a thumb drive and once installed with new CPU and mobo in case boot into BIOS and load BIOS update and then fresh install W7? Any way of installing new mobo and CPU w/o fresh install of W7? Thanks.
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I am going to install a new motherboard but use the old HDD. Is it better to do a fresh install? If so, how cause I update the BIOS on the mobo cause stock won't support the CPU I am going to be using? D/l the BIOS on a thumb drive and once installed with new CPU and mobo in case boot into BIOS and load BIOS update and then fresh install W7? Any way of installing new mobo and CPU w/o fresh install of W7? Thanks.
what mobo & CPU?
Fresh install-->better
Use old CPU and new mobo, install W7, download new BIOS on a thumb drive, update BIOS, install new CPU, enjoy
Edited by IOSEFINI - 3/11/11 at 10:56pm
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Use W7 software to make a backup image. Everytime I have done it I have not had any problems. But always better to reinstall because of drivers and such.
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Use W7 software to make a backup image. Everytime I have done it I have not had any problems. But always better to reinstall because of drivers and such.
Not really. Its a waste of time usually.
As long as you arent going from Intel to AMD or the reverse or arent going from an Ancient chipset to a brand new chipset with the same Install of Windows there wont be a problem. On occasion problems can occur and a reinstall is needed, but as long as everything important is backed up there isnt any reason to worry about reinstalling windows.
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Current CPU (Phenom II X4 945) and M2N SLI-Deluxe to 945 to new Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P...both with same DDR2 RAM, GPU & etc.
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post #6 of 11
I just did this from i7 950--> i7 2600k (MSI motherboard to a P67 MSI motherboard). No issues.

Normally I do a fresh install, etc, but I just wanted to try it out this time. Booted up, cleaned out drivers/re-installed new ones... works fine.
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upgraded from an e7400 to a q9400, i didnt fresh install. everything seems faster
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It won't kill me to do a fresh install persay...Imma back the stuff up and try it w/o a fresh install and see. Thanks peeps...+1 to all.
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what mobo & CPU?
Fresh install-->better
Use old CPU and new mobo, install W7, download new BIOS on a thumb drive, update BIOS, install new CPU, enjoy
Problem is the stock BIOS does not support the CPU.
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post #10 of 11
A Hard Drive just contains all your information etc.. Why would you need to do anything except for installing new drivers etc. It's not like your computer is going to say you can't use your own files and programs.
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