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Windows 7: Change Mobo and Processor without format ?

06 Jul 2009   #1
ghost301

Windows 7 7137 x64
 
 
Change Mobo and Processor without format ?

Is it possible to change motherboard and proc without reformat ? Perhaps a repair install ? Possible with windows 7 x64 or not ? Windows 7 x64 7137 BTW.


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06 Jul 2009   #2
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ghost301 View Post
Is it possible to change motherboard and proc without reformat ? Perhaps a repair install ? Possible with windows 7 x64 or not ? Windows 7 x64 7137 BTW.
Welcome to Win7Forums Ghost!

It is definately not true that you have to reinstall Windows with a MOBO/Processor change. 7 is smart enough to detect the processor and use it, the only issue might be the MOBO. 7 will more than likely load a default driver for it but you may want to load the manufacture version to make sure you can use all the features of it.

Hope This Helps
Zidane
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06 Jul 2009   #3
ghost301

Windows 7 7137 x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply. Ya, I been thinking that 7 has been improved a lot over XP and Vista, suppose it won't have problem in booting up with new mobo and proc. I will try to do it and post the result here.
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06 Jul 2009   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Just make sure you install your mobo chipset/drivers
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06 Jul 2009   #5
DJG

 

Hell, XP was able to do that. I re-installed my old XP image from an Intel Dual Xeon E5440 Tyan mobo over my current Asus Nehalem single i7 920 mobo. You just have to keep clicking on the gazillion "New Hardware Found" pop-ups. And then you get "WTF??? The hardware seems to have changed significantly since I last woke up (no $%!t, Sherlock!) - you have 3 days to activate" ...

It's all in the HAL. No, not THAT HAL, but the Hardware Abstraction Layer.
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06 Jul 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJG View Post
Hell, XP was able to do that. I re-installed my old XP image from an Intel Dual Xeon E5440 Tyan mobo over my current Asus Nehalem single i7 920 mobo. You just have to keep clicking on the gazillion "New Hardware Found" pop-ups. And then you get "WTF??? The hardware seems to have changed significantly since I last woke up (no $%!t, Sherlock!) - you have 3 days to activate" ...
LOL, was just gonna say that
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06 Jul 2009   #7
Bumpus

 

Good question.

I think the standard way to do this on XP is to go into device manager and uninstall everything. Then, turn off the pc and do the hardware swap. This way the old MB drivers should be less likely to "ef" with the new setup. Seems like a reasonable way to do it on Win7 too. (I've never been considered the BRIGHTEST bulb in the pack, though...so..ymmv)

Good luck and let us know how it works.
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06 Jul 2009   #8
DJG

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bumpus View Post
Good question.

I think the standard way to do this on XP is to go into device manager and uninstall everything. Then, turn off the pc and do the hardware swap. This way the old MB drivers should be less likely to "ef" with the new setup. Seems like a reasonable way to do it on Win7 too. (I've never been considered the BRIGHTEST bulb in the pack, though...so..ymmv)

Good luck and let us know how it works.
Naah, you're being too polite to the OS. That's way too many uninstalls for my taste . But undoubtedly safer.
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06 Jul 2009   #9
Generator

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

Some versions of Vista and Windows 7 (SLP's or OEM's if you prefer) require certain bits of info from the BIOS, if the info doesn't match, Activation will fail. It's an anti-piracy step on MS' behalf to stop you imaging the HDD and passing it on to 'friends'.

This is the cause of the activation problems now happening with certain Vista users dual booting Win 7.
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11 Jul 2009   #10
ghost301

Windows 7 7137 x64
 
 

Just a quick update. So far so good. I changed the proc, mobo and add in ram ... First time boot it detects problem and solved it ... Second boot manage to go in and start installing all drivers ... After that everything back to normal AGAIN ! Just cool without needed to format again ... Thanks for all the helps guys !
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