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post #11 of 14
Windows may recognize "significant hardware changes" and require you to re-activbate your windows within 3 days. If you end up having to call them, do sweat it. When you get connected to the guy in India just tell him your motherboard died


I recently upgraded a friends PC from an Athlon X2 939 system to a AM3 quad core 880G system and windows 7 booted up just fine. I did do a clean install anyway, but it did work and I was surprised
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post #12 of 14
I didnt since I changed from my m4a79t deluxe to my formula and havnt had a problem. But again it is nice to do a fresh install. Also i might not have any problems because they're both asus. idk?
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post #13 of 14
I've done this numerous times. A good tip is to go into msconfig and uncheck everything from startup. This has also helped when switching graphics cards as well. Best to just have as few things as possible accessing drivers and hardware on the first boot with a new core system.

While I prefer a clean install I've never actually run into any issues doing this.
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Disclaimer: If you do not create backups of your data and images of your OS's. Bypass this entire post.

I have transitioned many systems with Win 7 and different motherboards. Since Intel has all the chipsets and there are not any 3rd party chipsets (which were the main cause for the transitioned bluescreens) and Intels demand for 3rd party hardware to follow far stricter standards, the transitions have been faultless.

My last transition was a personal one with 2 X RAID 0 on SSD and 2 X RAID 0 on HDD.

Very simple step procedure for all of them. Be certain to have your OS key and phone standing by in case you need to phone in activation.

Steps I follow.
  1. Create an image of the system drive and set it aside. If you customized pathways, reset them.
  2. Right Click "My Computer" and choose "Properties".
  3. Choose "Advanced System Settings" and click the "Environment Variables" button.
  4. Click "New" and insert: devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices and give the new variable a value of 1. This informs the system to show all devices in the system including ones that have been removed. Click "OK" --> "OK" --> "OK". This closes the entire page. You need to close the page to be certain that your variable insertion is refreshed.
  5. Reboot into "Safe Mode".
  6. Right Click "My Computer" and choose "Properties" and "Device Manager".
  7. You will now be in the "Device Manager" page.
  8. Choose "View" and click to enable "Show Hidden Devices".
  9. Right click and remove all devices that are not highlighted. This removes all non initialized driver handshakes in the safe mode. In the Audio Section, only remove your audio driver leaving the other non highlighted drivers. Don't worry about removing setup installs as that can be accomplished after the OS transition.

I have not had a problem with transitioning yet and I've likely done ten. My own personal transition was an ASUS Rampage Extreme (Core 2, X48 chipset) to an Asus P7P55D-E Premium (1166, P55)

Flawless with 2 RAID transition with 30GB OS (SSD) and 1.3TB of Data (HDD)
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