Cat Nejc Feb 24 @ 3:45pm
Do you have to reinstall Windows when you get a new motherboard?
Some people say yes others say no. So should I or it isn't necessery?
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Silicon Vampire Feb 24 @ 3:47pm 
I always do a fresh install. Can save a lot of trouble down the road...
_I_ Feb 24 @ 3:58pm 
intel -> intel, no
amd -> amd, no
but mobo drivers should be updated

and -> intel, yes
intel -> amd, yes
Rumpelcrutchskin (Banned) Feb 24 @ 4:01pm 
Yeah, never hurts to do that, usually saves you from some trouble.
Cat Nejc Feb 24 @ 4:10pm 
If I don't, should I uninstall drivers for current one before I install new one?
Rove Feb 24 @ 4:28pm 
No you don't but you should uninstall old drivers and install new ones also you may need to reactivate. You need only re-install Windows when you get a new HDD or SSD that you want the OS to be on.
JLH Feb 24 @ 7:35pm 
the dvd key for windows is assigned to the motherboard and microsoft will not re-activate and you will have to buy another copy of windows.
2 of my friends went through this and I warned them as I have a very good friend at microsoft by my 2 friends didn't listen to me and had to buy windows again.
it is possible to replace the motherboard and not reinstall windows by booting from the disk and running windows reapir.
_I_ Feb 24 @ 7:40pm 
oem license will be difficult to transfer, but retail copys can be transfered easier
100% Recycled Awesome Feb 24 @ 8:35pm 
Originally posted by Nejc:
Some people say yes others say no. So should I or it isn't necessery?

Required? No.

Highly suggested? Absolutely.

I've never heard anyone who went with a replacement MOBO who didn't have serious problems without reinstalling Windows.
Rove Feb 24 @ 8:38pm 
I didn't have problems so count me as the first you've heard of. Rather then switching motherboard I just switch around HDDs between systems and it works fine.
100% Recycled Awesome Feb 24 @ 8:48pm 
Originally posted by Rove:
I didn't have problems so count me as the first you've heard of. Rather then switching motherboard I just switch around HDDs between systems and it works fine.

I've personally done it once as a quickfix and Windows was totally not having any of it. It wouldn't even let me into safemode.

Other people I've spoken to said it's just not worth the hassle. You spend less time just reinstalling software rather than dealing with the problems.
Last edited by 100% Recycled Awesome; Feb 24 @ 8:49pm
Silicon Vampire Feb 24 @ 9:03pm 
If the motherboards are close to the same components, it really isn't much of an issue. If even one of the components is different, it CAN cause problems.

I always recommend a fresh install, upgrade and set up everything, then use the built in features of Vista above use them make an image file to your preferred media.

A couple of hours now can save tens of hours later...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/back-up-programs-system-settings-files#1TC=windows-7
Last edited by Silicon Vampire; Feb 24 @ 9:09pm
Silicon Vampire Feb 24 @ 9:34pm 
News flash? Windows isn't Linux. Go on with your bad self.
Cat Nejc Feb 25 @ 12:56am 
I guess I'll try without fresh install, but if I'll have a lot of problems, I'll do it
UberFiend (Banned) Feb 25 @ 1:23am 
Will be a different BIOS, device manager, IRQs, registry entries, etc... than Windows will be expecting.

Sometimes it works, often more trouble than it's worth.
Last edited by UberFiend; Feb 26 @ 3:43am
howlin' wolf Feb 25 @ 2:31am 
I have a Windows 7 which is 3 or 4 years old and working just fine. It had a motherboard, a RAM & a hard drive change. When the main hard drive started failing I simply cloned the Windows drive.
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