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Old 03-13-09, 10:35 PM   #1
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Default Switch boards but leave windows intact?

anyone succesfully changed motherboards and left windows intact?
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Old 03-13-09, 10:43 PM   #2
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anyone tried this with vista?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125

Upgrade an existing motherboard
This scenario assumes that your existing motherboard works and that you can start the existing Windows installation on the hard disk.

To replace a working motherboard with an updated motherboard and to then reconfigure Windows to work with the new motherboard, follow these steps:
Start Windows, and then log on as an administrator.
Insert your Windows CD in the CD-ROM drive or the DVD-ROM drive, and then let Autorun start.
Do one of the following:
For Windows Server 2003:
Click Install Windows Server 2003.
In the Windows Setup window, click Upgrade (Recommended) in the Installation Type list, and then click Next.
Follow the instructions on the screen until the computer begins to restart.
For Windows XP:
Click Install Windows XP.
In the Windows Setup window, click Upgrade (Recommended) in the Installation Type list, and then click Next.
Follow the instructions on the screen until the computer begins to restart.
For Windows 2000:
Click Install Windows 2000.
In the Windows 2000 Setup window, click Upgrade to Windows 2000 (Recommended), and then click Next.
Follow the instructions on the screen until the computer begins to restart.
Just as the computer begins to restart, turn off the computer.
Replace the existing motherboard with the new motherboard.
Turn on the computer, and then allow the upgrade to continue.

Setup installs the HAL, the IDE controller drivers, and any other drivers that the new motherboard must have.
After the upgrade is completed, reinstall any service packs or hotfixes that you had previously installed.
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Old 03-13-09, 11:29 PM   #3
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very helpful, any tips if brand and chipset are different?
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Old 03-14-09, 12:20 AM   #4
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very helpful, any tips if brand and chipset are different?
Yup, uninstall the chipset drivers and the IDE controller drivers. Make sure to install any new storage drivers and chipset drivers as well. Turn the pc off without rebooting it. Move the drive to the new pc. Boot it up and it should revert back to generic hardware until it can load the new drivers. Sometimes it works great, other times it does not.
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no one tried the MS method from post 2?
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Default Re: Switch boards but leave windows intact?

Acronis True Image with Universal Restore works like a charm. It basically does what MS says, just automated.
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Acronis True Image with Universal Restore works like a charm. It basically does what MS says, just automated.
hmm, have you done that yourself?

edit, reading up about it

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/pr...l-restore.html

sounds like i have to create entire computer backup, for it to work
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Old 03-14-09, 01:28 AM   #8
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I just switched out my p35 for the x58. No trouble so far.
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both intel boards, going from nvidia to intel will be a bit more challenging.
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Old 03-14-09, 01:55 AM   #10
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hmm, have you done that yourself?

edit, reading up about it

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/pr...l-restore.html

sounds like i have to create entire computer backup, for it to work
just wanted to add to it

if you done this before,

Preparation
Step 1:Install the Acronis® Universal Restore option. Please note that Acronis® True Image Echo must be licensed and installed for Acronis® True Image Universal Restore to function.
Step 2:Create bootable media with the Universal Restore option selected.

You can restore an image to a new system in 5 easy steps.

Step 1:Boot your replacement system with the bootable media you created and select recovery in the Acronis® True Image menu
Step 2:Select the image to restore and the Acronis® Universal Restore option
Step 3:Acronis® Universal Restore initiates the restore process

in preparation part it doesn't mention that you need to have image of the drive first, so do you have to have image of entire computer or c drive?
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Yeah. you need to take an image. So that might be a problem if you have a huge amount to backup. Though the compression is usually pretty good.
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Yeah. you need to take an image. So that might be a problem if you have a huge amount to backup. Though the compression is usually pretty good.
do you have to backup all partitions? or just c drive?
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