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Windows 7: New mobo, cpu - OLD HDD - how to successfully setup?

27 Feb 2012   #1
Neill

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
New mobo, cpu - OLD HDD - how to successfully setup?

Hi all,

Very new to this, so please forgive my newbie'ness.

I had a fatal fry of my old mobo and cpu; and decided to get a new mobo (P67 Sabertooth) and new cpu (i5 2500k) -this has all been bought, so that horse has bolted!

Am i able to install my old HDD with Win 7 Premium home 64bit without a fresh install, as this would save a lot of heartache.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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27 Feb 2012   #2
Legaia

Windows 7 Professional (64x)
 
 

Yes you can but remove your old mobo drivers before reinstalling your new drivers.
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27 Feb 2012   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Legaia View Post
Yes you can but remove your old mobo drivers before reinstalling your new drivers.
May be difficult to do if the old motherboard is dead.

Simplest way: plug & pray.

If you're lucky, Windows will recognize the hardware changes and install the proper drivers.

If you have any data on the drive that you'd prefer not to lose, I recommend copying it off (external dock or enclosure) before you try the drive with the new motherboard. (I enjoy stating the obvious.)
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27 Feb 2012   #4
TBoyd

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Legaia View Post
Yes you can but remove your old mobo drivers before reinstalling your new drivers.
May be difficult to do if the old motherboard is dead.

Simplest way: plug & pray.

If you're lucky, Windows will recognize the hardware changes and install the proper drivers.

If you have any data on the drive that you'd prefer not to lose, I recommend copying it off (external dock or enclosure) before you try the drive with the new motherboard. (I enjoy stating the obvious.)
I agree. I replaced my mobo & CPU last year without having to reinstall Windows. It installed the necessary drivers.
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27 Feb 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If it is an OEM OS, you may encounter activation problems.
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28 Feb 2012   #6
TBoyd

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If it is an OEM OS, you may encounter activation problems.
Excellent point! My copy is a retail version.

You may be able to convince the MS rep to reactivate. It sometimes depends on who answers your call! I was allowed to do it when I changed hardware on another machine running an OEM version of Win XP. Policies at MS could have changed since then.
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28 Feb 2012   #7
Neill

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Guys,

Thank you so much for replying.

OK, it is not OEM, so that sounds positive.

Loving this: "Simplest way: plug & pray" thks Bob, this was my preferred route.

Again testing your patience; the mobo cd, do i wait until windows has loaded completely before using this?

I have just been told that it really should be a clean install otherwise i will always have problems - would you agree with this statement?
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28 Feb 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I have just been told that it really should be a clean install otherwise i will always have problems - would you agree with this statement?
That is a correct statement. We have seen many cases where that was true. But you may strike it lucky and sail away without problems. Matter of trying. You can always reinstall later.
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28 Feb 2012   #9
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Neill View Post
Again testing your patience; the mobo cd, do i wait until windows has loaded completely before using this?

I have just been told that it really should be a clean install otherwise i will always have problems - would you agree with this statement?
Thanks to the other posters for raising the OEM activation issue, which I forgot to mention. I'm glad that it's not an issue for Neill.

First part: doesn't matter.

Second part: saying that you will always have problems is excessive. You may have no problems at all. If you have problems, they may be fixable by doing a repair install. (That's an upgrade-in-place of Win7 over itself. The main problem with that is that Windows must be bootable to run the upgrade, I believe. If that's correct, it's an unfortunate change from XP.) If things don't work out, you may be driven to a clean install, but I'd place a small bet (5) that it won't be necessary.

I agree that a clean install is best, but I refuse to be a puritan about it.
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