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Windows 7: Upgrading mother board, Cpu and Ram

12 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7 home pre 64 bit
Upgrading mother board, Cpu and Ram

Hi guys,

As you can see from my system spec I am currently running a old sock A mo/bo and cpu, my win-7 32bit O/S is installed and runs ok (a bit slow but stable)

However, I have just treated myself to some new parts which are, Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 mo/bo, AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 CPU and Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL7 1.7V Ram.

Once these new parts are installed and I connect my current hard drive with my current O/S installed will it boot into windows or will it not like all the hardware changes ?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's possible that it will boot into Windows and install the necessary drivers and such. I would not trust it myself and would opt for a new installation instead.
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12 Jan 2010   #3

windows 7 home pre 64 bit

I forgot to add that I have NO chipset, NO graphics drivers or Sound drivers installed other than ones Win 7 put there ie there is NO third party drives on my current O/S
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12 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Back up your data first. Then give it a shot. If it works, great. If not, reinstall and restore data.
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12 Jan 2010   #5

Vic 20 / Dos 4 / 3.1 / 95 / 98 / 98SE / xp sp3 / windows 7 Pro
Can be done

I changed the same items as you a couple of months ago, from Intel P4 to AMD Athlon 11 x4 630 and ram.

Do a Google search there is a lot of info about this.

Good luck.
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12 Jan 2010   #6

Win7 RC

50/50 chance it will work. actually I would say more off it will be fine because of the Win7
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12 Jan 2010   #7


Seeing as your Motherboard is faulty , the biggest hurdle is likely to be the chipset drivers. These inform the system how to interact with your devices.

Yes, make sure you back up your drive - remember even if you have just one Hard Drive in W7 you can shrink it, create a new partition and then move your docs, important files, etc., to it (including ones you may need on reboot, like chipest drivers) - [note: if you decide to re-install, make sure you do not affect the partition with your important files on it.]

So: The last thing you shall do before shutting off your system and powering down prior to replacing the faulty motherboard is: Uninstall your chipset drivers.

After changing motherboards, make sure you enter the BIOS on FIRST boot (make sure), check that your Hard Drive(s) are detected, make any other required changes to the BIOS, and reboot once more, then going to the OS. The next thing to do is to install your new chipset drivers.

If you cannot boot, use startup repair from your DVD.

If you get a new activation request make sure you inform them that your Motherboard was faulty and is now on it's way to be recycled.

I also recommend at least re-installing (forcing) your video and sound drivers after the new chipest drivers are installed.

BTW, MS can decide at their discretion whether or not to allow a new PID. In all likelyhood a change from say an Intel single core cpu/mobo to a multicore AMD one or even from a Socket 478 to an i7 may cause a stir...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

You will need to reactivate it. Since it is a different Mobo and CPU, it will view it as a new computer.

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13 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

New MOBO = Clean Install.

Even if you get lucky and it starts up, chances of potential problem are far greater.

I wouldn't take the chance unless you have no choice. Best to just start fresh.

Give MS a call, tell em what your doing & see what they say about a re-activation.
If they will do it w/out issue, do a Clean Install.
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13 Jan 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
You will need to reactivate it. Since it is a different Mobo and CPU, it will view it as a new computer.

Worst case scenario, you will be elevated to a person, while trying to activate by phone. I have helped many posters and not one had the slightest complaint about the fairness and courtesy of the activation rep. Just be honest and the entire event will be painless and over quickly. Good luck
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