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#1 mjl1297

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 04:20 PM

I've recently completed a new build going from an Asus M4N82 Deluxe board to a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 board. I'm keeping all of my old drives.

 

I'm using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and the system has booted into the OS but I have not installed any of the new chipset drivers or altered any settings in the BIOS yet.

 

What is the best way to proceed from here? How do I remove the old chipset drivers? Should I do a nondestructive re-install of Windows? Should I do all of it in Safe Mode?

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Edited by hamluis, 19 April 2015 - 08:09 PM.
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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:31 PM

If you change motherboards it's recommended that you re install the operating system to prevent any drivers conflicts. Motherboards and Processors are major upgrades. Performing a clean install also saves up disk space.


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 10:27 PM

If the machine has booted and is running I would just install the new drivers over the old ones, starting with the chipset drivers. If you are going to make BIOS changes wait till you have updated all your drivers.

 

I can't see any reason to re-install the whole OS in this case. Unless the system has a broken hal.dll or been backdoored there is very rarely a legitimate reason to re-install.

 

edit: Paragon Adaptive Restore can help you sort out your installation if it all goes south though, then you can implement the correct drivers from there.


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 10:31 PM

You will need to re-authenticate Windows though.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 09:52 AM

bleeperizer I went your route. The Windows reactivation was trouble free--just a couple of mouseclicks.



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 10:50 AM

Something to remember, If you run sysprep on the HHD/SSD with Windows 7 or 8.1 before using it with another motherboard you should be be able to boot from it without any complications. You want to remove all hardware identifiers from the HDD/SSD, this generalizes the drive.

 
Click on the Start orb, then type cmd in the Search box.
 
cmd will appear under Programs above the search box, right click on it and choose Run as administrator.
 
This will open the Elevated Command Prompt.
 
In the Elevated Command Prompt type in CD C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep, then 
use the command: "sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown".
 
Don't power the drive back on until it's in the other computer.
 
Note: You'll want to install the new motherboard chipset drivers for the new motherboard after moving the drive.

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 03:39 PM

bleeperizer I went your route. The Windows reactivation was trouble free--just a couple of mouseclicks.

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Something to remember, If you run sysprep on the HHD/SSD with Windows 7 or 8.1 before using it with another motherboard you should be be able to boot from it without any complications. You want to remove all hardware identifiers from the HDD/SSD, this generalizes the drive.

 
Click on the Start orb, then type cmd in the Search box.
 
cmd will appear under Programs above the search box, right click on it and choose Run as administrator.
 
This will open the Elevated Command Prompt.
 
In the Elevated Command Prompt type in CD C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep, then 
use the command: "sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown".
 
Don't power the drive back on until it's in the other computer.
 
Note: You'll want to install the new motherboard chipset drivers for the new motherboard after moving the drive.

 

Good advice. :thumbup2:



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 08:41 AM

Thanks for the help guys!



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 03:46 PM

You're welcome :)






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