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Windows 7: installing new motherboard

13 Aug 2010   #1

windows 7 64bit on both
installing new motherboard

hi everyone,

i just bought a new motherboard. before it gets here, i need some clarification on installation. i know i back up my hard drive so i can restore my things and settings later right? and then i know ill have to do a clean install of windows 7. what i'm not clear on from reading previous posts and search results is does the clean install come before i install the new motherboard or after i install? i guess its a stupid question, but i'm confused.

im upgrading to an MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

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13 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

After. Doing it before would be the same as just taking the old drive and install, and adding it to the new motherboard.
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13 Aug 2010   #3

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM

Definitely after. During install, the OS will optimize itself for that motherboard and it's chipset (you may still need to install drivers that come with the board).
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13 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You would definitely do it afterwards, as mentioned, because if you did it before, there'd be no reason to do a clean install in the first place!

This way, your clean install will only get drivers installed for the hardware present in the system...not what is being replaced.
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13 Aug 2010   #5

windows 7 64bit on both

awesome! thanks you guys thats what i needed to know.
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