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Windows 7: Is a clean install of Windows 7 required after a CPU replacement?

4 Weeks Ago   #1
coffent

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Is a clean install of Windows 7 required after a CPU replacement?

My Windows 7 computer has been getting repeated BSODs, though the hard drives and memory check out ok. If I replace the current CPU with an Intel 6th gen CPU and appropriate motherboard, will I be able to boot up using the original C: drive, or will I need to do a clean (re)install of Windows 7 (and everything else)?


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You may need to adjust it to boot on new hardware.
Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap - Windows 7 Help Forums
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by coffent View Post
My Windows 7 computer has been getting repeated BSODs, though the hard drives and memory check out ok. If I replace the current CPU with an Intel 6th gen CPU and appropriate motherboard, will I be able to boot up using the original C: drive, or will I need to do a clean (re)install of Windows 7 (and everything else)?
That's not what you said in your Subject Title line......
Changing the motherboard throws a whole bunch of CRAP into the game.

It might work, installing drivers for the new hardware, and maybe it won't. If NOT, then you may need to reinstall Windows. I'd sure back up all my data before trying it.

OH...and GOOD LUCK,
TechnoMage
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
coffent

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks! I also checked out the link there to "How to Transfer your Complete Windows 7 Installation to New Computer", which might also work if I can accomplish sysprep without a BSOD. However the instructions say "if you have ever done a repair install (= in-place upgrade to same edition), you cannot sysprep." I haven't upgraded Windows 7 but I may have done a Windows repair in the past. Does this mean I can't use sysprep? How can I find out - just try it and see if it works?
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
coffent

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Technomage2016 - thanks as well. Yes, I thought it would be the CPU that would be the problem, but I'm learning the motherboard may be worse. Data is backed up!
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

New MB requires some new drivers that aren't on the Win 7 installation disk or on your actual installation.
New MB also requires an activation that is only possible if you have a Retail license (not OEM)
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Before you buy a new system, try to do a clean installation on the old one.
Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
Buy a small SSD (120 G) for windows and programs and use the HDD for data.

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