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Windows 7: Change motherboard without reinstall Win 7 x64

05 Dec 2010   #1
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Change motherboard without reinstall Win 7 x64

Hey all,

My mobo just failed so I am thinking about attempting a mobo swap without a reinstall.

I found this thread: Change Mobo and Processor without format ? where the OP reported success.

If I can get this working, are there any potential Cons that I should be aware of?

If I do have to reinstall how does the Repair reinstall differ than the Clean reinstall?

I already have all my Personal Files on a separate partition on the HD and I will be using the same processor and RAM. Thanks.


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05 Dec 2010   #2
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabilalk View Post
Hey all,

My mobo just failed so I am thinking about attempting a mobo swap without a reinstall.

I found this thread: Change Mobo and Processor without format ? where the OP reported success.

If I can get this working, are there any potential Cons that I should be aware of?

If I do have to reinstall how does the Repair reinstall differ than the Clean reinstall?

I already have all my Personal Files on a separate partition on the HD and I will be using the same processor and RAM. Thanks.
You shouldnt even have to do a repair, just install and see if it identifies everything. Have the latest mobo chipset and integrated stuff drivers downloaded and ready to go if you can. If Win7 doesnt recognize the new mobo then a repair is a 2nd option.

From your specs it appears this is a custom or homemade PC... if so you really shouldnt have any issues!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2010   #3
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

since your using the same CPU.

Ken
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05 Dec 2010   #4
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabilalk View Post
Hey all,

My mobo just failed so I am thinking about attempting a mobo swap without a reinstall.

I found this thread: Change Mobo and Processor without format ? where the OP reported success.

If I can get this working, are there any potential Cons that I should be aware of?

If I do have to reinstall how does the Repair reinstall differ than the Clean reinstall?

I already have all my Personal Files on a separate partition on the HD and I will be using the same processor and RAM. Thanks.
You shouldnt even have to do a repair, just install and see if it identifies everything. Have the latest mobo chipset and integrated stuff drivers downloaded and ready to go if you can. If Win7 doesnt recognize the new mobo then a repair is a 2nd option.

From your specs it appears this is a custom or homemade PC... if so you really shouldnt have any issues!
Will give it a shot and post back. So you recommend downloading the drivers from ASUS rather than letting Win 7 download generic drivers (or wherever Win 7 pulls drivers from) automatically? The reason I ask is that the board I bought was not designed specifically for Win 7. And yes "homemade" all the way. I bought the PC from a friend who wanted to upgrade.

old board

new board

Thanks.
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05 Dec 2010   #5
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Download the drivers from ASUS to a USB stick'unless the new board came with the drivers on CD. Let windows try to find the drivers first.

Ken
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05 Dec 2010   #6
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
Download the drivers from ASUS to a USB stick'unless the new board came with the drivers on CD. Let windows try to find the drivers first.

Ken
So to clarify. If Windows can install the drivers great. If not, have the ASUS drivers on CD or USB as a standby?
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05 Dec 2010   #7
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabilalk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
Download the drivers from ASUS to a USB stick'unless the new board came with the drivers on CD. Let windows try to find the drivers first.

Ken
So to clarify. If Windows can install the drivers great. If not, have the ASUS drivers on CD or USB as a standby?
Yep
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05 Dec 2010   #8
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

You will probably have to install some of the drivers from CD... once win7 knows what you have, updates should be grabbed from the net. Remember to do probably 3 update-reboot cycles after you switch over to make sure you have all updates!
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