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Im about to install my new video card(evga7800gt) and their motherboard that comes with the card for free(evga sli board) now my question is this...

Do you have to reinstall windows to get it to work the best as i have always done this in the past but there is alot of stuff on my computer i dont want to lose...( i know i can back up my stuff just dont want to lol lazy)

what does windows repair actually do for your computer? xp pro sp2
 

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Im about to install my new video card(evga7800gt) and their motherboard that comes with the card for free(evga sli board) now my question is this...

Do you have to reinstall windows to get it to work the best as i have always done this in the past but there is alot of stuff on my computer i dont want to lose...( i know i can back up my stuff just dont want to lol lazy)

what does windows repair actually do for your computer? xp pro sp2

If your're changing the mobo, you will have to reinstall windows...
 

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I usually make 2 partitions, so when i reformat i only have to reformat the 'windows partition' and the other is used for file/media storage and doesnt need to be reformatted when switching hardware or anything.

But as far the board switch goes, the best bet would be a clean format.
 

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can i tjust be repaired or can you explain why it needs to be reinstalled? and thanks

You need to reinstall as the old motherboard drivers will conflict with the new ones and you can't easily clean these up like with other devices.

As What? said, on your reinstall, make a partition just for your Windows and Drivers and another for the rest of your system. If you need to reinstall, all you lose is Windows, which can quickly be reinstalled.
 

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I've simply repaired the install each time I've changed board. From shuttle, to Asus and now onto ABIT, no major problems and the original XP install is still being used.

However all those boards were on the same socket - s478, if you are changing to a new socket you may not be so lucky as to get away with a repair install.
 

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heck with it im just going to back up the things then reinstall so much for my games lol have to play them again
 

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heck with it im just going to back up the things then reinstall so much for my games lol have to play them again

You dont need to save the whole games just the save files...
 

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well i cant do anything right now lol the motherboard was DOA so its in the mail being RMA'd....had to steal the kids computer until i get it back
 

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i can tell you this.... you will have to back everything up that you want including PASSWORDS( i forgot my steam account one and no longer have that email address and so i cant get onto any of my games) and then reformat.. mine would start to boot up and then it would just restart at the log on screen for windows and couldnt for the life of me get past that area so i said to heck with it and reformated the HD and blamo it runs like a champ now if i had only gotten better ram to start with it would be perfect..... good luck
 
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