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Format HDD before installing new Mobo/CPU?

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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    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 ?
  2. What version of Windows? And OEM or retail?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Thank you for your help so far...

    Is there anything I can do to prevent Windows licencing problems??
  7. 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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