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Windows 7: Motherboard swap out

24 Mar 2014   #1
GregH

Windows 7 - x64 Professional
 
 
Motherboard swap out

Hi all,

Due to a fault on my Asus Maximus Hero VI Motherboard that seems to be afflicting a lot of Asus boards at the moment (see rog.asus forum about a common problem where the BIOS clock freezes randomly) I am considering a swap out for another board of the exact same type in the hope that I get one that is not defective.

Question is, will this require an entire new Windows installation or, considering it will be an identical board, can I simply swap out the board, power up and be good to go? If this is possible, anything I should do before hand, such as unplugging USB devices, setting the BIOS to factory default, uninstalling drivers etc?

Thanks in advance.


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24 Mar 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Many time if you use the exact model board nothing needs to be done.

Your drivers should be fine in any case and yes I'd disconnect everything, well you have to, to swap a board anyway.

The BIOS on the replacement will be default, all you should change is maybe your BOOT priorities and sett your RAM to stock specs and turn it on. In the worst case you'll get a non-genuine message and may have to do a robo-call to MS to reactivate.

However to guarantee success you can follow this to migrate to a new system and should activate as normal.
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24 Mar 2014   #3
GregH

Windows 7 - x64 Professional
 
 

Thanks Britton30!
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25 Mar 2014   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome and good luck on the new board.
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