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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-26-2020, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
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Will a boot drive swap work on new hardware?

Long ago I remember that clean installs were necessary for system stability but the kids have been telling me that a simple swap will work and Windows will sort out all of the driver issues. I impulse purchased a ryzen system after work and was wondering if it will work with my 4670k or 2500k boot drives. Idc if it makes me buy a license. Thoughts.



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you really should do a clean install but you likely won't have to.

your chipset, network, and audio drivers at the least will be wrong and they probably won't work (or they will but will be on the MS Driver). Just make sure you go to Device Manager and uninstall the old drivers before you install the new ones.

if you log into it with your MS Account you can move your license to the new board by logging into the MS Account on the new hardware, as soon as you enter your info it'll auto activate and you don't need to do anything.

If you set up an off-line account and enter your key afterward it won't re-activate and it'll say it's already in use. You can still move the license to the new board by going through the phone system where you have to read a code into the phone and a robot responds with a code for you to input, it's a PITA but it's easy enough.

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Long ago I remember that clean installs were necessary for system stability but the kids have been telling me that a simple swap will work and Windows will sort out all of the driver issues. I impulse purchased a ryzen system after work and was wondering if it will work with my 4670k or 2500k boot drives. Idc if it makes me buy a license. Thoughts.
they aren't wrong, but they also aren't completely correct either.

win10 can "sort it out" but it won't be as stable as fresh install.

i'd also say it depends on what you're changing to. i wouldn't do it if changing cpu companies.

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Appreciate your thoughts pals! This will work well enough with the mentioned issues until I have time to do this correctly this weekend then?

Edit- I just want to see game performance and play around with benchmarks until I have more time Saturday.



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As mr skupples pointed out, windows will work it out.

But this might be a great chance for reinstall. Remember MS releases a new version of windows 2 times a year. these are not service packs, but full new OSs. (well... 1909.. the latest one.. that one is 1903 with a SP. But ever other one was a new OS.)

I do a clean install each new OS, but if you haven't, now might be a good time.
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Appreciate all of your thoughts. The new install is going on the NVMEs this weekend I just wanted to play with it until Saturday. Im putting it together on a table and have the drives out of the 2500k system. Thanks to all. If it blows up I hate you all.



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Oddly enough, I just did almost the same thing last weekend on my wife's build. I swapped her 4690k, some cheap generic mobo, and DDR3 RAM for a 2600, b450i, and DDR4 RAM without formatting or reinstalling windows. It was for the same reason (time constraints) and I do plan to correct it this weekend when I have some time.

The positive - it works. All her programs load, the system doesn't crash, and it's noticeably faster than what she had. Windows is using the correct drivers for all but 1 component (see below) and it removed/disabled drivers for devices which are no longer present.

The negative - it doesn't work as well as a clean install. It has some occasional hiccups, and the mobo's built-in bluetooth doesn't work even after removing all bluetooth devices from device manager and installing the correct drivers.

Overall it's good enough to get out of a bind, but I am not planning on keeping it this way.


Edit: I did have to reactive windows 10, but it was a painless process.

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It is a kludge but usually works. Also -if your prepared to risk registry cleaning software (which can occasionally break things) it may get rid of a lot of the leftover rubbish windows accumulates.

However a clean install is definitely the better option.

The only situation I can think of where you would want to do this instead of a clean install is you have installed in the past proprietary software and since lost or damaged the install disks/keys.
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