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Are these similiar enough to upgrade without reinstalling windows?

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October 2, 2013 10:05:15 AM

Im upgrading from my broken Asus M5A78L-M LX3 to Asus M5A78L LE. I read that if they are similiar, windows will load without having to reinstall windows. Do I have to do the reinstall?
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October 2, 2013 10:08:50 AM

More info needed:
What windows version? Win7, 8, XP?
OEM or retail?
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October 2, 2013 10:15:12 AM

Windows 7 home premium and its OEM. I have the serial key if needed
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October 2, 2013 10:16:14 AM

Kermakakku said:
Im upgrading from my broken Asus M5A78L-M LX3 to Asus M5A78L LE. I read that if they are similiar, windows will load without having to reinstall windows. Do I have to do the reinstall?


"Good" chance you will be OK, I would say..
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October 2, 2013 10:22:27 AM

They're both using the same chipset, "AMD 760G (780L)/SB710", so I'd say there's a good chance you will not need to re-install windows.

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October 2, 2013 10:23:21 AM

Kermakakku said:
Windows 7 home premium and its OEM. I have the serial key if needed


Being OEM, it will almst certainly deactivate itself. Being a broken motherboard replacement, you can 'probably' activate it over the phone, either via the phone robot or a human.

Will it run the first time? Probably. No guarantees, though.
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October 2, 2013 10:28:06 AM

best thing is to boot into safe mode and uninstall all the motherboard drivers. then boot into windows and reinstall the new drivers.
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