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Windows 7: how to replace motherboard without re-installing windows 7

04 Aug 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium 64bit
how to replace motherboard without re-installing windows 7

how can it be done because i don't want to have to re-install everything plus i have a very slow internet connection n i have a pretty big steam game list that took me forever to download i just want to know if there is a way around it without causing instability issues and what not

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04 Aug 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Well if your replace with the exact same mobo then you can get away with it, otherwise your best result will always be a clean install with new drivers and updates. Have you considered adding a SSD as that will speed up the install by a huge factor then you can deal with the original drive in several different ways. What exactly are you upgrading to mobo and CPU wise?
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04 Aug 2013   #3

windows 7 home premium 64bit

its a upgrade from a old asrock am3 to GA-990FXA-UD5 am3+ with a fx-8350 its a pretty decent upgrade
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04 Aug 2013   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Is the old MB & HD still running with NO problems ? I just did an image of a 4 year old install (500gb) that was on an old 1 core Gigabyte MB with Macrium Reflect (Free Version) to a 2 tb ext HD. Then I re-imaged it to a new bare 2 tb HD that was installed in a new box with a GA-990FxA-UD7 MB and a AMD FX-8350 CPU. Everything went almost perfect. I just had to do a few win7 updates and install MB drivers for the new MB.

Imaging with free Macrium
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04 Aug 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

If it's a retail w7 key it should reactivate OK by entering the original key. If it's an OEM w7, a call to MS should get you up and running if you explain what you're doing.
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