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Windows 7: Motherboard Switchout

08 Mar 2011   #1
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 
Motherboard Switchout

Good Morning All,

I have recently come into new motherboard that upon inspection is better then my current one.

The one i Have at the Moment is a ECS G31T-M9,

The one im Looking at is the MS-7324 (Its a Medion OEM MOtherboard, the ANS is 10010136)


If i do swap them i will be keeping my Processor,Ram,Gfx Card, (All Hardware Actually)

The Question

Would i need to reinstall my OS after the swap out? I have read somewere that the os cannot handle large H/W changes ( Things like Ram and Graphics Cpu are fine?)

Or would i be able to pre-install the drivers then swap over?

Everything i have is in my Specs.

Thanks all


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08 Mar 2011   #2
kemical
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit SP1
 
 

Hi Sniper,

if your changing that much hardware then really a new install is the best way to go. An OEM licence is tied to the motherboard and I presume a retail one is too. The os will see this change as a 'new' computer and ask to be activated in the usual way.

Just to add, if you do have a OEM copy then changing the motherboard will break the licence.
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08 Mar 2011   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

The difference between OEM and Retail is that an OEM license is irrevocably tied to the system on which it was first activated. Sometimes, though, it is possible to transfer it, but that is generally limited to a system containing the same make and revision of the original motherboard (including the same BIOS revision). This cannot be guaranteed, and even if you are successful, you are still, technically, breaking the terms of the OEM license.. A Retail license isn't tied to the first system it is installed on, although you might have to use Activate Windows 7 by Phone in order to activate it (you may need to speak to an adviser and explain the situation). Be aware that if it is subsequently discovered that the license is activated on more computers at the same time than is permitted by said license, it is possible that the activation status on one or more of the machine(s) may be revoked and that the key becomes invalid and blacklisted.
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08 Mar 2011   #4
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Thanks Kemical And Dwarf, the Windows 7 Key is MAK ( I Presume you know this) And it works as i have had it on 2 systems before one on and one offline.

My Question was Wether i would need to repair the install after changing the Motherboard which is an OEM manufactured board. ( It was made by MSI for MEDION, So Medion Have all the Drivers and What not.)
Or whether i would need a Clean install.

I will be using all the same Hardware, the only change is the Motherboard. I know that it can work in other PC's cause i stuck a Win7 HDD in an old Xp machine to recover and it worked...
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08 Mar 2011   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

A more serious concern:

Are you sure that the MS-7324 is compatible with your other bits? It uses a 945G chipset, which I think is older than your current G31 one.

The fact that both boards are Socket 775 does not guarantee compatibility.
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10 Mar 2011   #6
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

I did check the Support and Manual (What i could Find) And all my pieces are supported, the funny thing is my ECS board was bought january 2009? and the New Motheboard the MSI was Bought about August 2010..

But that doesn' assure anything.

I thought that the 945G was Newer then the G31.. Which is why i was going to Change them over, Let me go back and check again thanks for the Point Bobkn
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10 Mar 2011   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Windows 7 is very good about handling hardware changes without needing a reinstall, but the percentages ar emuch better when the chipsets are similiar...such as an Intel chipset using AHCI for the SATA controller, going to a new Intel chipset using AHCI. The chipset and controller type are what matter most.

If it does boot, you may have to reactivate the OS afterwards. Either way, you'll want to have your data backed up to be sure. This all assumes the hardware is compatible.
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10 Mar 2011   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows Sniper View Post
I did check the Support and Manual (What i could Find) And all my pieces are supported, the funny thing is my ECS board was bought january 2009? and the New Motheboard the MSI was Bought about August 2010..

But that doesn' assure anything.

I thought that the 945G was Newer then the G31.. Which is why i was going to Change them over, Let me go back and check again thanks for the Point Bobkn
I just checked, as I should have done before posting: the 945G was released in Q1 (first quarter) of 2005, and the G31, Q3 of 2007. The G31 is about 2.5 years newer.

I looked to see whether Asus sold 945G boards that were compatible with your CPU. I think not. That doesn't prove that the limitation is fundamental, but it's not encouraging.
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11 Mar 2011   #9
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Ahh thanks for that i suppose i should have checked... I just wanted to update to use the extra Pci and Ram lanes.
Thanks all for the help
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