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Windows 7: New MotherBoard need advice on how not to reinstall windows??

25 Jan 2017   #1
JLAF5150

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New MotherBoard need advice on how not to reinstall windows??

Hi Guys,

I am entertaining the idea of getting a new Motherboard and CPU. Now I seen older guides on how to switch over without reinstalling Windows from scratch..

I was wondering are there any new ways of doing it or newer guides I can follow.. I don't remember everything I need to do so I would like to reread a Guide on How to do it that is more uptoo date or still Good to use..

I know there may not be a way to reactivate DCSWorld.. But could a swap be good still or would it be better to just reinstall Windows.. Just to let you know I don't mind reinstalling Windows but since I had a run of doing it like 4 times just a few days ago I would rather just keep this install if possible..

I am still not 100% on getting the new hardware, this is a just incase

Thank you
JLAF5150


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25 Jan 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Please remember if you are going to use a different motherboard you can only legally transfer Windows 7 Retail.
Windows 7 OEM of any kind is locked to the motherboard it was first activated on.

My advice would be, if you have a OEM Builders or any OEM Windows 7, is to buy another copy of Windows 7 and do a Clean install.

This tutorial by Brink has always worked for me doing a Clean Install.

Clean Install Windows 7



Jack
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25 Jan 2017   #3
JLAF5150

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well I do have a win 7 Retail so I am not locked.. I was just curious on if there are any new ways to switch over without reinstalling as I have done this dance already 4 times in the last week..

I know how to do a clean install but thnx for the guide..
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25 Jan 2017   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

It all depends how different the new hardware is to the old one if its simliar it may boot find new part install them and work or it may fail to load
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25 Jan 2017   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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26 Jan 2017   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Generation 6 (skylake) and 7 (kabylake) chipsets needs some drivers (USB3 , SATA, NVMe) that aren't on Win 7 installation disk.
Most motherboards manufacturers (ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI) provide a program to load those drivers to Win 7 installation disk.
Read my tutorial to learn more about. Create a Windows 7 USB flash installation with new drives for new MB's

Also, Intel says kabylake isn't compatible with win 7, as there is no specific graphics driver for it. If you intend to use internal graphics, you will have to use one from skylake.

I've upgraded my system from a generation 2 (sandybridge) to a gen 6 (skylake) and haven't seen any huge improvement. I did it more to use M.2 PCIe SSD. It was disappointing. Sata=RAID and PCIe M.2 drive problems
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26 Jan 2017   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Ya you could save yourself a lot of grief by just installing Windows 10, and using your Windows 7 key to activate.
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26 Jan 2017   #8
JLAF5150

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Ya you could save yourself a lot of grief by just installing Windows 10, and using your Windows 7 key to activate.

Well one small problem with that, I use a curved screen and use nThusim that win 10 and Elite Dangerous don't play well together.. so basically win 10 is out for now..

EDIT: wel it seems kabylake only will install on Win 10?? I will have to relook into this big time..
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26 Jan 2017   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, another member installed 7 on an MSI board using a Caby Lake.

Reply #19 in this thread.

Bootable USB for i7 kaby lake
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27 Jan 2017   #10
JLAF5150

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So the only problem I am seeing is that the Keyboard or mouse if plugged in the 3.0 ports will not work if you do not install 3.0 drivers. I also see that is you are going to use the intel Graphics there are no drivers for kaby lake..

Other then that I too don't see why a kaby lake with new Asus Z270 Motherboard will not work with win 7.. Perhaps a bunch of hot air to scare the masses into Windows 10??

I am going to try it and I will report what happened either success or failure.. I am thinking this will work no problems as the new motherboard has 2 2.0USB Ports to plug the mouse and keyboard into..

I do have 1 question tho, I have a 2.0 USB Powered Hub If I plug the keyboard and mouse into that and the Hub into the 2.0 USB slot it should still work the keyboard and mouse I mean??
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