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Question on the software side of Upgrading CPU+MoBo

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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  1. 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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    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.
  3. 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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