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October 9, 2013 9:07:13 AM

Hi,
I am planning on upgrading my current CPU and motherboard to a newer set, I already found plenty of tutorials on the hardware aspect of switching the components, however I am a bit concerned on what I have to do regarding software.

I currently have an AMD Phenom X6 1055T attached to a pretty basic motherboard and I am planning on switching to:

- AMD FX 8350
- MSI 970A-G46

So regarding my software situation, I really wouldn´t mind losing my installed software, since I have plenty of backups; I´m actually thinking of leaving Win7 and getting Win8 installed once and for all.

If anyone could help me out with instructions on how to proceed software-wise once my new components arrive that would be great. Or maybe pointing me out to a good tutorial.

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October 9, 2013 9:37:52 AM

As far as I recall Microsoft regard the motherboard/CPU as being the computer, so you'll need to reinstall Windows anyway after the change.
Easiest way is to:
Backup all your important data files either to DVD or a flash device.
Swap out the MB/CPU.
When you boot up, get into the BIOS-see the motherboard manual- and change the boot order to make the DVD the first boot device, save and reboot.
On reboot the system should report an error ( something like no boot media or device), don't worry, just insert the Win 8 DVD and follow the prompts.
It SHOULD ask if you want to format the drive, select 'yes' and follow the remaining prompts.
Be advised formatting a large drive takes quite a while.
Once its done Windows will start5 to install, again, follow the prompts and make any setting changes required during the install/setup.
This will give you a clean drive and totally fresh Windows installation, but be prepared for the raft of updates that will follow :( .
At some point you'll need to re enter the BIOS and change the boot order so the 'C' (HDD) is the first boot device.
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October 9, 2013 9:38:08 AM

As far as I recall Microsoft regard the motherboard/CPU as being the computer, so you'll need to reinstall Windows anyway after the change.
Easiest way is to:
Backup all your important data files either to DVD or a flash device.
Swap out the MB/CPU.
When you boot up, get into the BIOS-see the motherboard manual- and change the boot order to make the DVD the first boot device, save and reboot.
On reboot the system should report an error ( something like no boot media or device), don't worry, just insert the Win 8 DVD and follow the prompts.
It SHOULD ask if you want to format the drive, select 'yes' and follow the remaining prompts.
Be advised formatting a large drive takes quite a while.
Once its done Windows will start5 to install, again, follow the prompts and make any setting changes required during the install/setup.
This will give you a clean drive and totally fresh Windows installation, but be prepared for the raft of updates that will follow :( .
At some point you'll need to re enter the BIOS and change the boot order so the 'C' (HDD) is the first boot device.
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October 9, 2013 9:42:28 AM

Thank you very much for taking the time to write that up. I will follow your instructions as accurately as I can :) 
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