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Windows 7: Upgrading MOBO and CPU with different chipsets

20 Jan 2015   #1
Oz1956

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Upgrading MOBO and CPU with different chipsets

Current PC info:

Windows 7 OS; AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ 3.00 GHz; MSI K9A2GM-FIH; 6 GB ram; 750 PS, MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti; and a 500 GB HD. This, of course, runs on an AMD chipset.

I am upgrading my system with MB MSI|Z87M GAMING MATX R; CPU INTEL|CORE I5 4590 3.3G 6M R; and
MEM 8G|KINGSTON HX318C10F/8 R. This change will, of course, change my chipset to Intel.

I have been researching the web about how difficult this will be to do, since I'm really not certain on how to proceed. What all do I need to uninstall from my system before making this major change?

How will this affect my Windows 7 installation, that I just recently upgraded to? I've checked out Microsoft's dealing on this and being money hungry as they are they consider a new motherboard as a new system. They claim if you buy a system with the OS already installed that you don't have rights to the OS, but I had my system custom built and bought my OS software for the build, which at the time was Windows XP. I just recently upgrading to Windows 7, when XP went obsolete. I know I'm probably not making a lot of sense, but I don't want to have to buy a new OS just to upgrade an outdated system.

Any links or suggestions on how to make this an easy change over will be much appreciated. Everything I have found so far is so out of date that I can't be certain what would be the proper solution for me.

Thanks for you time.


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20 Jan 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oz1956 View Post
I had my system custom built and bought my OS software for the build, which at the time was Windows XP. I just recently upgrading to Windows 7, when XP went obsolete.
What, exactly, did you buy when "recently upgrading to Windows 7"?

A download that you burned?

A Product Key only?

A so-called retail disk from a standard source like Best Buy or Newegg?

Some other type of disk from some other type of source?

Do you have any problems with doing a clean install?
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20 Jan 2015   #3
gregrocker

 

If it's retail Upgrade then it can migrate no problem.

If it's Builder's OEM then it is tied to the first mobo, however there are reports that MS is making exceptions since that's the only version of Win7 now avaialble. You'd need to try activating and then if it refuses use the phone option to plead your case.

Normally a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 is best, especially if you don't have the perfect install compiled in the blue link, but you could also try to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD to see how that works for you first.

You will need to reactivate on the new hardware whichever method you use. If you have retail Upgrade version it may require leaving the key blank during install then afterwards doing the quick Option 3 workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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20 Jan 2015   #4
Oz1956

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oz1956 View Post
I had my system custom built and bought my OS software for the build, which at the time was Windows XP. I just recently upgrading to Windows 7, when XP went obsolete.
What, exactly, did you buy when "recently upgrading to Windows 7"?

A download that you burned?

A Product Key only?

A so-called retail disk from a standard source like Best Buy or Newegg?

Some other type of disk from some other type of source?

Do you have any problems with doing a clean install?

Actually, what I bought was an OEM Windows 7 software disk for a new build, not a retail disk. Unfortunately, I bought only the 32 bit instead of 64 bit, so I went online and downloaded the 64 bit version, installed it and moved on. No, I really have no problem with a 'Clean Install' as there is nothing on my HD that I can't replace. If this is the easiest way to go, so be it.
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20 Jan 2015   #5
Oz1956

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'm beginning to think a Clean Install might be the best way to go. Will this reset my BIOS for the new mobo and chipset or will I need to do some tweaking on my own? This is all so new to me. Don't want to mess it up.
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20 Jan 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You shouldn't have any problems at all in doing the clean install per se. Just disconnect all but 1 hard drive and boot from that disc you bought.

You may well have an activation problem as Greg mentioned, depending on Microsoft's whim at the moment. You can go 30 days without activation. If you ultimately can't activate due to having an OEM license, then you get to buy another one.
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20 Jan 2015   #7
Oz1956

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for all your help. Just so you know, I'm don't clutter my HD with stuff I can't replace, because I will be replacing the HD in the near future. My system will be completely redone then. Then I'll worry about what's on my HD.
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