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Windows 7: If I were to switch my motherboard, etc...

19 Mar 2011   #11

win 7 x64

Kindly keep us updated on how things are going. We could use some help here on this topic.

Thanks in advance

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19 Mar 2011   #12

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquirrelTakos View Post
...I keep my system very customized, and it is a huge pain to reinstall Windows for me...
I can sympathize with that.

One thing you might do the next time you bite the bullet and do the entire backup/wipe/reload sequence is to make an image of your drive as soon as you get everything "just right". That way you can easily go right back to where everything had that nice brand-new feeling to it. Even in a case like you're doing now with a significant hardware upgrade, an image would allow you the luxury of as many do-overs as you need should something go wrong.
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20 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquirrelTakos View Post
Also, I realize that this won't make a staggering impact on my performance, but that's not exactly the point. I am preparing myself for any new upgrades I plan to make as well.
That's a very common mistake people in your shoes make. Call it trigger-finger-syndrome...or whatever.

Bottom line is, don't waste your money. It never makes sense to spend money on upgrades that don't give immediately performance. What you would buy now would most certainly be replaced by new available models when you are ready to buy the rest of the parts. For example, you'll spend money on a motherboard now. In time, when you are ready to buy the remaining parts, that motherboard will already be outdated, with either a new options, or at the worst...the same motherboard will be cheaper. Either way, there's no logic in doing it now as opposed to when you are ready to buy all the parts you need.

Then you can do one clean install and be done with it.
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06 Apr 2011   #14

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Regardless of the opinions avoiding this, I did it anyway, and everything worked without a hitch. I just made sure that the BIOS settings matched everything I had on my old board and booted it up straight to my previously installed OS.

I installed the drivers for the sound card, chipset, NIC, usb3.0 and I haven't had any issues. I wound up buying another gigabyte board, by chance, and whether that helped or not, everything worked perfectly. I've only been running for a few hours, but I'm sure that everything is functioning fine. Device manager is showing no problems.

Thanks again for everyone's input. I'm sure an AMD to Intel motherboard switch would be a bigger deal than this, but I guess I proved that it's pretty painless to do this operation. Very soon I will upgrade my video card and be back in business.
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