MOBO/CPU swap without reinstalling windows

I know this isn't ideal, I just didnt know if there is a way around my hurdle.
I am about to upgrade my MOBO and CPU(staying with Intel).
I know windows is obviously going to need the new drivers and I know the BEST way is to do the full reinstall. I was just curious if there was a way (WindowsEasy Transfer?) to image my copy of windows somehow(never imaged an OS before) and then reload it after the swap so I do not have to reinstall all my games and other software. If thats not the right way to go if someone has a better solution then I'm all ears..
Thanks
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  1. If you were to image it you would get EVERYTHING. Meaning drivers, configurations etc. This would be the same as simply moving the hard drive to the new computer and not having reinstalled anything. I would HIGHLY recommend you do the full install to save yourself a lot of issues.
  2. Agreed that doing a full reinstall of the OS is the best way to go.

    Another idea to minimize issues is uninstalling the driver and removing the hardware from the Device Manager before making the mobo/cpu swap.
  3. AdioKIP said:
    If you were to image it you would get EVERYTHING. Meaning drivers, configurations etc. This would be the same as simply moving the hard drive to the new computer and not having reinstalled anything. I would HIGHLY recommend you do the full install to save yourself a lot of issues.


    Gotcha..ended up doing clean install but made a copy of all my important folders like USERS, PROGRAM FILES and WINDOWS in case I needed to copy anything over like game saves..Thanks
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