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Topic # 86612 9-Jul-2011 20:58
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Do I need to reinstall Windows if I change MB, Processor and RAM? I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate

I am also going from a AMD CPU to a Intel, Does this mean I have to re-install ? I really don't want to :(  

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  Reply # 491574 10-Jul-2011 07:59
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I would have thought so due to chipset drivers that are currently installed for you current MB.

Everything is pretty much tied into your BIOS as well.

What's your aversion to reinstalling?

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  Reply # 491582 10-Jul-2011 09:00
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Maybe, maybe not. Windows7 is far superior at dealing with hadware changes than in the past.

You will need to reactivate Windows though, so if you're using an OEM version of Windows this will possibly mean buying a new copy since it's no longer being used on the same hardware it was sold with.

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  Reply # 491590 10-Jul-2011 09:43
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sbiddle: Maybe, maybe not. Windows7 is far superior at dealing with hadware changes than in the past.

You will need to reactivate Windows though, so if you're using an OEM version of Windows this will possibly mean buying a new copy since it's no longer being used on the same hardware it was sold with.


Technically, this is correct (according to MS EULA). However, in practice, you will not have to buy a new copy of Windows.

You should reinstall Windows though. There is every chance that just plonking your HDD into a new PC (which is essentially what you are doing) will cause all sorts of boot errors. Back up your data and start fresh.

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  Reply # 491628 10-Jul-2011 12:54
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Reinstalling from scratch is the best thing to do, that way you ensure none of your old mobo drivers etc are lurking just waiting to cause odd errors.

However, just doing a Windows repair would work which would keep your programs etc - Ive just done this on a XP system, swapped mobo and have noticed its not as fast as it was with the original mobo - I might reinstall from scratch soon as the slow down is frustrating me now :)




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  Reply # 496746 22-Jul-2011 14:41
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Reformatting + Reinstallation definitely.

One time I replaced my rig with an RMA'd Mobo (exactly the same model), it had crashes. After reformatting and reinstalling everything, it went fine... Maybe it was just me but those crashes disappeared after doing so.

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