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Windows 7: New MB so new install ?

14 Jul 2011   #1
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
New MB so new install ?

Hi

New motherboard going into my pc, changing an Asrock for an Asus (long story ). My question is do I need to do a fresh install of win7 ? The os is on an ssd drive.

Happy to do a fresh install if that's best.

Win7 64 bit Home Premium.




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14 Jul 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Not necessarily. I think you'd be needing to change more than one hardware component before Windows asks you to re-activate.
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14 Jul 2011   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Most likely windows will ask for reactivation because its a new mobo, which is the component with the most weight in the activation dynamics. Also, device drivers would change so IMO a fresh install would be the right way to start. Make sure you back up all your data.
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14 Jul 2011   #4
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Most likely windows will ask for reactivation because its a new mobo, which is the component with the most weight in the activation dynamics. Also, device drivers would change so IMO a fresh install would be the right way to start. Make sure you back up all your data.
Activation would be ok if I need to do it but I was more concerned about the new mb drivers. Will the previous drivers cause a conflict or will windows just ignore them ?

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14 Jul 2011   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You'll need to install the new drivers yourself, they wont install by magic. The older ones, they'll just be there, maybe you can use driver sweeper or something. But seriously, I wouldnt change my mobo and not install win7 afresh.
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14 Jul 2011   #6
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
You'll need to install the new drivers yourself, they wont install by magic. The older ones, they'll just be there, maybe you can use driver sweeper or something. But seriously, I wouldnt change my mobo and not install win7 afresh.
That's what I was thinking ! Just wanted to avoid a re-install if it was not necessary.
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14 Jul 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.


As a clean install is in order, it would be best to do a complete wipe secure erase of the SSD first, have a look at these tutorials linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information




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14 Jul 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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14 Jul 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

To be certain, SysPrep Win7 on old hardware before changing to the new hardware. This removes drivers, activation, SID so Win7 starts up like a new install. Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

You shouldn't have to install mobo drivers as the Win7 driverstore is pretty complete.
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14 Jul 2011   #10
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
To be certain, SysPrep Win7 on old hardware before changing to the new hardware. This removes drivers, activation, SID so Win7 starts up like a new install. Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

You shouldn't have to install mobo drivers as the Win7 driverstore is pretty complete.
Great, thanks for pointing me towards this method. Should save a lot of time. New mobo arrives on Saturday.

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