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Windows 7: Upgrading CPU--what do I tell Windows?

08 Mar 2015   #1
sevendo

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Upgrading CPU--what do I tell Windows?

I'm thinking of upgrading my CPU to a faster model.

Is there some setting I need to set in Windows for this?

Or will Windows just recognize the new CPU automatically when it boots up?


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08 Mar 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Good and unusual question we don't see here much.

I've never swapped processors without also changing the motherboard, rebuilding from the ground up, and reinstalling Windows.

My guess would be that you don't have to do anything---assuming the new CPU is in fact fully compatible with the version of Windows that you are currently using. Just swap it out and remount the CPU cooler with fresh paste.

Might be a good idea to reset the BIOS to defaults?

Let others comment.
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08 Mar 2015   #3
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

And it may be necessary to re-Activate Windows due to the hardware change of identity.
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09 Mar 2015   #4
Viscon

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I swapped CPU on the same mobo once only, and all I had to do was reinstalling Intel chipset Driver.
So if your mobo is on Intel chipset you might have to do the same.
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09 Mar 2015   #5
chuckhig

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I just upgraded my computer from Intel 5 to Intel 7. Last week and had to do nothing but update my email. Everything worked and still does,fine.
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09 Mar 2015   #6
Monster212

Win-7 H-Prem-x64 Linux-M-Mate-x64
 
 

first make sure the cpu you want will work with your motherboard.. go to the motherboard web site and check to see if the cpu you want will work with the board, you cant just put any cpu you want in... also if you tell us the specs of your system we will be able to help you out more,
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