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Windows 7: Changing motherboard without reinstalling Wndows 7 Pro


27 Sep 2013   #1

Vista
 
 
Changing motherboard without reinstalling Wndows 7 Pro

Edit:

Hello again everyone,

I have another question and I thought it would be better to ask in the same thread. My Windows 7 install works fine with zero stability issues ever since moving to my new motherboard via Paragon, though I have a question regarding my boot/Windows drive.

My HDD was set to IDE mode rather than AHCI. First thing I did after installing the new motherboard was go into the BIOS and ensure that the boot/Windows HDD was set to IDE as I read that changing it to AHCI would prevent Windows 7 from booting.

Though considering that I used Paragon, would switching from IDE to AHCI still cause an issue?


Original post:

Hello,

I am thinking of upgrading my old AMD 965 to a newer Intel i5 3570K or i5 4670K setup. Obviously, this will require a new motherboard and RAM in addition to the CPU. However, I would like to keep my current Windows 7 Pro 64bit install. I have a lot of programs and games with mods set up in particular ways that are hard (if not impossible in some instances) to reconfigure in the same way. And my Windows 7 install is in good shape (69 from power on to Firefox) so I don't feel a need to wipe my HDD.

I am wondering if I can change my motherboard without having to reinstall Windows 7 Pro 64bit and what the process is. First, my current specs:

ASUS M3N78 Pro: M3N78 PRO - Motherboards - ASUS
Windows 7 Pro 64bit with latest updates
AMD 965
8GB GDDR2
GTX670
WD Black 2TB (boot drive)
Seagate 750GB (backup data drive, unplugged most of the time)
ASUS DVD burner
Antec Earthwatts 650 Green

What I am looking at upgrading to:
MSI Z77MA-G45:
MSI Global ? Motherboard - Z77MA-G45

With an i5 3570K and DDR3 RAM of whatever quality brand is on sale.

Or MSI Z87-G43:
MSI USA ? Motherboard - Z87-G43

With an i5 4670K and DDR3 RAM of whatever quality brand is on sale.


This is a big change, going from AMD to Intel and ASUS to MSI. So can this hardware change be done without reinstalling Windows 7 Pro 64bit? If so, can someone detail the steps must I take?

Note: I do have a data HDD which I use for data backups, so I do have a backup of all my files. I also realize a motherboard switch requires Windows 7 to be reactivated.

Thanks for your help.

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27 Sep 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

You can try starting Windows 7 up on the new hardware, but it might not start. The easiest thing to do then is to Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap - Windows 7 Help Forums.
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29 Sep 2013   #3

Vista
 
 

Thanks for the link.

Though in order to prevent myself from using that in the first place I have read it is best (essentially required) to uninstall all motherboard drivers and software first.

I am wondering if I uninstall motherboard drivers through the Device Manager and software through the Uninstall Programs List?

If so, I can not seem to figure out what is specific to my motherboard. Any help on what should be uninstalled would be great.

Device Manager:
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps78aee7c7.jpg
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/a...psfd1f16f9.jpg

Program List:
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2dba4b1f.jpg
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps9a2cfcd4.jpg
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5999e2c0.jpg
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps41dbb92a.jpg

Going to burn Paragon Adaptive Restore to a disc as well.

If anyone else has any advice I would appreciate it.
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29 Sep 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You may also have a look at this: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer Pay close attention to the reference to an OEM version.
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29 Sep 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

PAR disk does it all. It may prompt for SATA drivers but most likely not. WHen you start up Windows 7 it will change out drivers in a cascade you can monitor by clicking on the driver loading animation in System Tray. Do the requested reboot when it finishes.

Make sure Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) is enabled and run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates to completion. This should provide any newer drivers and relevant patches for the hardware. None should be skipped - only Bing and Essentials can be hidden.

I would not import any drivers not still missing in Device Manager after doing all of that, unless issues arise pointing to a driver. Windows 7 is the authority on its drivers, not an outdated driver disk.

Sometimes it's necessary to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
after confirming the Active partition is System Reserved or C, to repair boot issues.
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01 Oct 2013   #6

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
PAR disk does it all. It may prompt for SATA drivers but most likely not. WHen you start up Windows 7 it will change out drivers in a cascade you can monitor by clicking on the driver loading animation in System Tray. Do the requested reboot when it finishes.

Make sure Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) is enabled and run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates to completion. This should provide any newer drivers and relevant patches for the hardware. None should be skipped - only Bing and Essentials can be hidden.

I would not import any drivers not still missing in Device Manager after doing all of that, unless issues arise pointing to a driver. Windows 7 is the authority on its drivers, not an outdated driver disk.

Sometimes it's necessary to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
after confirming the Active partition is System Reserved or C, to repair boot issues.
As a bit of an update, I am going from an ASUS M3N78 Pro to an MSI Z87-G43 full ATX. Ordered the parts and they should be here within a week.

Regarding the part in bold, are you saying PAR will detect my old ASUS motherboard drivers/software and uninstall those while allowing my new MSI drivers to install?

Essentially, are all of these steps required?:

1) Create image, move to backup HDD. (How big will 1TB of data be in a image file?).
2) Manually uninstall motherboard drivers/software (which I can't find in Windows 7).
3) Run System Prep method one.
4) Boot into Paragon P2P, follow steps as posted.
5) Exit into BIOS, then boot from HDD and into Windows 7.

Or can I skip step 2? What about step 3? Is that required with Paragon?
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01 Oct 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Plug your existing HD into the new mobo. Boot up paragon cd. Point paragon at your windows installation. Done.

No need for syprepping, doing anything manually or any other mucking around.

When you boot up win 7 it will install the drivers from it's own system32\driverstore\filerepository.

It is only if Windows 7 doesn't have the drivers, that you would add them with Paragon.
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02 Oct 2013   #8

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Plug your existing HD into the new mobo. Boot up paragon cd. Point paragon at your windows installation. Done.

No need for syprepping, doing anything manually or any other mucking around.

When you boot up win 7 it will install the drivers from it's own system32\driverstore\filerepository.

It is only if Windows 7 doesn't have the drivers, that you would add them with Paragon.
So to clarify, Paragon will make Windows 7 install the new motherboard drivers automatically? Or will I have to download them in advance onto the HDD? Essentially, how do I ensure that Win 7 will have the drivers beforehand?

And a quick question about the warning part:
Quote:
Sometimes the internal hard drive is not recognized in Paragon P2P Adjust OS due to missing SATA or RAID driver. In that case add specific drivers to Windows PE based Paragon Recovery Environment.
Step 2 of the warning process is to find the .INF file for the required driver. Will Windows 7 already have this driver and where would I find it? I also have a 64bit OS, so if I have to inject drivers will I be able to do that? I ask because of the final bit saying I will need 32bit drivers for injection (if required).

Finally, will Paragon leave anything behind after it is done that might affect performance and boot times?

Thanks for all the help so far everyone, I really appreciate it.
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02 Oct 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

What is unclear about what I wrote here?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
PAR disk does it all. It may prompt for SATA drivers but most likely not. WHen you start up Windows 7 it will change out drivers in a cascade you can monitor by clicking on the driver loading animation in System Tray. Do the requested reboot when it finishes.

Make sure Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) is enabled and run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates to completion. This should provide any newer drivers and relevant patches for the hardware. None should be skipped - only Bing and Essentials can be hidden.

I would not import any drivers not still missing in Device Manager after doing all of that, unless issues arise pointing to a driver. Windows 7 is the authority on its drivers, not an outdated driver disk.

Sometimes it's necessary to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
after confirming the Active partition is System Reserved or C, to repair boot issues.
In addition put your Network adapter in your backup so you can install it to get online and do the Updates.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You will have to install a LAN driver for Windows Update to start, otherwise there'll be no net connection.
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