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Thread: Need to reinstall drivers/utilities after receiving replacement motherboard?

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    Default Need to reinstall drivers/utilities after receiving replacement motherboard?

    I RMA'd a z87 extreme6 due to a not being able to run memory in dual channel. However, with that board, I did successfully install the needed drivers/utilities/windows 8 (while running in single channel) and the computer was working fine.

    When I get my replacement board, is there a reason to reinstall drivers? I know I'll update the bios first thing, but didn't think there was a reason to reinstall drivers again. Right?

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    Default Re: Need to reinstall drivers/utilities after receiving replacement motherboard?

    If it's the same board then no, no need. It has the same chipset, same LAN interface, etc.

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    Default Re: Need to reinstall drivers/utilities after receiving replacement motherboard?

    You might need to reactivate windows with the new motherboard but this shouldn't be a problem, even if you have an OEM version of windows.
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    Default Re: Need to reinstall drivers/utilities after receiving replacement motherboard?

    I would be surprised if you had to install any drivers again, but if you did I'd like to hear about it.

    The only thing on a mother board that has anything stored or installed on it is the BIOS/UEFI chip(s), which really ought to be called the board's firmware. The SATA, integrated graphics, and possibly network chips that have Option ROMs don't store it on the chips themselves, they are stored as part of the BIOS/UEFI firmware file.

    Some discrete RAID HBA cards may have an Option ROM that is added to the board's firmware when the card's driver and software are installed on a board. A replacement board (or firmware/BIOS chip) would not have that Option ROM, so it would need to be installed again.

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    Default Re: Need to reinstall drivers/utilities after receiving replacement motherboard?

    To close this, I didn't have to reinstall any drivers or re-authenticate my win8 install. It was completely plug-and-play like (besides flashing the newest bios).

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