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Thread: motherboard exchange - need of reinstalling OS

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    Default motherboard exchange - need of reinstalling OS

    Hello everybody, I needed to exchange my motherboard (I had ASUS P8P67) because of failure. Now I decided to buy Asrock Fatal1ty Z68 (which mean, new motherboard has another chipset than previous one). I run Win7 on Sandybridge 2500K.

    Even I have some experience with hardware and software installing, now I am really not sure, what exactly I have to do, when Im exchanging motherboard like this :-( Please, would you help? Which way is correct...?

    1) when I exchange motherboard, I simply replace it, then run PC as usually and then I need only to reinstall motherboard drivers (uninstall previous and then install new / or just simply install new without any previous uninstalling old ones???).

    2) when I replace motherboard, I cannot run PC as usually. I need to format my harddisc before and then install everything step by step from the beginning.

    3) when I replace motherboard, I can run PC as usually, but then I need to reinstall motherboard drivers and graphic card drivers as well.

    4) when I replace motherboard there is a need of reinstalling the OS - Win7 (y/n?)

    5) ...or is there any other "right" way...?

    Thank you very much for possible help!

    PS: I know I need to reactivate Win7 again (to further legal use of OS). This is no problem, I contacted Microsoft support yet.

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    Default Re: motherboard exchange - need of reinstalling OS

    you might be fine,windows will just install the needed drivers for the new chipset,it doesnt work in all cases but the short leap from p67 to z68 might be ok

    you dont need to reinstall windows just swap the hdd over to the new mb and let windows sort it out,if it doesnt work you can try windows disc and start up repair
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    Default Re: motherboard exchange - need of reinstalling OS

    A Windows installation usually links itself to the mother board used when it is installed, for anit-piracy purposes. If you move the HDD with Windows to a new board, it will likely see that as a new installation, or trying to use that copy of Windows twice. You will probably need to reactivate Windows, or at worst reinstall it because of the new board.

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    Default Re: motherboard exchange - need of reinstalling OS

    reinstalling windows will give you better stability but keep your old directory then transfer your old files over

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