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August 27, 2013 3:10:21 PM

I have a HDD with Windows 7 and around 120GB of stuff (I'd rather clear out for a fresh start)

Getting a GIGA/GA-Z77-D3H Mobo and a CPU/COREi5/3470 as well as a 2GB ZOTAC GTX760 AMP Edition GPU.

I am wanting to know if I should do a complete HDD format tonight before installing the new parts tomorrow? I've got the Windows 7 DVD and key code so does that mean I'll be able to boot with appropriate chipset drivers if I have a formatted HDD when I do so?

Also, if I format the HDD, will that mean the Windows licence will "reset" and allow a clean install or is there something I must do so that it isn't registered to my "old" PC?

Thanks in advance.

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August 27, 2013 3:17:00 PM

Hi,

Did you partition you drive?

Lets say you have a partition with widows 7 and the other partition with your data, you could just format and reinstall on the partition with windows already installed.
Therefore keep your data.

I would personally try to boot with windows already installed and see if it works. I found that it would work if the chipset of the mobo are similar.

Since the license is associated with the parts in your computer, you will probably have a message that your windows 7 is not genuine.
Is windows 7 home premium or professional ?
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August 27, 2013 3:19:48 PM

What version of Windows? And OEM or retail?
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August 27, 2013 3:40:28 PM

Retail Windows 7 (Office Home & Student 2007) Premium

Previous Mobo was a Asus P8H61 PLUS.

Haven't yet partitioned the drives - at least not to my knowledge - as memory and HDD are still areas I feel quite green around.



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August 27, 2013 4:07:03 PM

Really not sure what to do for the best... I am assuming a HDD format will allow me a clean slate with appropriate chipset drivers and thus a more efficient system from the outset.

I'm not a massive fan of having to download my Steam collection again, but I'd take that over Mobo integration problems at a snip.

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August 27, 2013 4:17:46 PM

Esaciar said:
Really not sure what to do for the best... I am assuming a HDD format will allow me a clean slate with appropriate chipset drivers and thus a more efficient system from the outset.

I'm not a massive fan of having to download my Steam collection again, but I'd take that over Mobo integration problems at a snip.



If you have another drive, you can save all your steam data, and move it back after the install. Or, as suggested above, two different partitions.
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August 27, 2013 4:23:42 PM

Thank you for your help so far...

Is there anything I can do to prevent Windows licencing problems??
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August 27, 2013 4:26:50 PM

Esaciar said:
Thank you for your help so far...

Is there anything I can do to prevent Windows licencing problems??


Retail Windows = no licensing issues. You 'might' have to activate via the phone robot, but it will work.
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