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Old 01-16-09, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Upgrading, need to reinstall Vista?

I am upgrading from rig 2 to rig 1(see my sig). As you can see the mobo, the CPU are going to be replaced. I know if I replace video cards or RAM, I don't need to reinstall Vista from scratch, but if I replace my mobo and the CPU, do I need to wipe out my previous Vista and install a fresh copy or can I use my previous Vista as it was? I think this is relatively a simple problem, but I'm not sure. Thanks.
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Default Re: Upgrading, need to reinstall Vista?

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I am upgrading from rig 2 to rig 1(see my sig). As you can see the mobo, the CPU are going to be replaced. I know if I replace video cards or RAM, I don't need to reinstall Vista from scratch, but if I replace my mobo and the CPU, do I need to wipe out my previous Vista and install a fresh copy or can I use my previous Vista as it was? I think this is relatively a simple problem, but I'm not sure. Thanks.
In my experience over the years it has been hit and miss as to if I can just swap the hardware and have my existing OS installation recognize everything and actually work without a BSOD. However, I've always found that with any major hardware upgrade (board and different CPU class) that a clean install ends up running smoother.

What I might do in your case = Before the hardware upgrade I would uninstall ALL hardware drivers (at least as far as I could take it), shutdown the PC then go ahead and do the hardware upgrade and then boot up your old OS install and just see what happens. If it picks up the new hardware then you can certainly continue using your PC as always, but if you get a BSOD you can always format and do a clean install with the Vista installation DVD.
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Short answer: Yes.

If you care anything about stability then yes, it will help.
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Ehh you don't need to. My current vista install has gone through 5 motherboard changes (well, 4 of them were 680i boards. . ., then to a p45).

Just uninstal all your drivers related to your motherboard. I've forgotten on a couple of occasions and it worked fine (650i->P45). Most likely thing to BDOS on is if you don't have AHCI enabled in windows but you do in bios. There is some registry entry to fix that though, though I'm in a rush so I can't be bothered to post it.
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Alright, thank you very much. I skipped a lot of hassles by doing what you guys have suggested. Seems fine as far as the stability goes. I will see if I get BSOD in the future then I will do a fresh install. Thank you!
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