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Old 03-17-09, 10:04 PM   #25
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Default Re: Switch boards but leave windows intact?

I've went from mobo to mobo and didnt have much trouble.

Any drivers I had installed, I removed and took out any previously installed drivers and old instances of hardware installations in device manager. You have to set the environment variable DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES first in system properties though.
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Default Re: Switch boards but leave windows intact?

The only thing Windows really *****es about under XP, and Vista to a lesser extent, is hard drive controllers. If you want to play it safe, do a backup and restore with Acronis or a similar hardware agnostic backup solution. If you want to play it really safe you'll build from scratch again. Most times your fine with just slapping the drive in and letting all the hardware detect after a couple reboots.

Of course, you'll never get the best performance out of your machine and you might have some weird mystery problem in 6 months. Then again, your performance and stability might be fine. It's hard to tell.
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