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Do I need to reinstall windows after replacing motherboard and CPU? Please help!

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October 13, 2013 12:22:32 AM

So I upgraded my MoBo and my CPU from a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 and FX-4100 to an ASRock 990FX Extreme3 and FX-8320. I already had a few problems installing the hardware such as the screen wouldn't display no matter what I did, but after I fixed that Windows will not load. It will load through BIOS and when it says "Starting Windows" with the colors morphing together, it stops half way and the system just restarts back to the BIOS. I was searching for a while online for an answer, and the only one that I haven't tried is reinstalling windows. I checked my HDD for errors with none found. Sorry if this is a newbie question, but this is my first time ever replacing either of those parts. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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October 13, 2013 12:33:58 AM

Yes you have to reinstall windows.
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October 13, 2013 12:37:05 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Yes you have to reinstall windows.

Well thanks for telling me that so at least I know the solution. How positive are you of this and why? I'm sorry I'm just a little confused on why it wouldn't just boot right into windows.
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October 13, 2013 12:46:43 AM

windows must be reinstalled to work on the new motherboard or it wont work , the reason why is beacuse different motherboards use different drivers due to the difference in their hardware.
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October 13, 2013 1:51:33 AM

if the motherboard is the same brand chipset it sometimes works ok, like if you swapped an intel z77 for a z87 board, but since they are different chipsets, its unlikely to work.
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October 13, 2013 8:24:31 AM

xJeST3R said:
So I upgraded my MoBo and my CPU from a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 and FX-4100 to an ASRock 990FX Extreme3 and FX-8320. I already had a few problems installing the hardware such as the screen wouldn't display no matter what I did, but after I fixed that Windows will not load. It will load through BIOS and when it says "Starting Windows" with the colors morphing together, it stops half way and the system just restarts back to the BIOS. I was searching for a while online for an answer, and the only one that I haven't tried is reinstalling windows. I checked my HDD for errors with none found. Sorry if this is a newbie question, but this is my first time ever replacing either of those parts. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Well if you dont want to rei- install windows, Before you change mobo and cpu. First, remove all programs that are not supported by your new mobos.
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October 13, 2013 8:31:23 AM

With Windows, yes you have to reinstall it. But if you are using Linux, then you do not have to do that operation.
Why do they do that? For their business.
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October 13, 2013 8:36:21 AM

bigcyco1 said:
windows must be reinstalled to work on the new motherboard or it wont work , the reason why is beacuse different motherboards use different drivers due to the difference in their hardware.

Alright, so what would be the easiest way of doing this? Just boot from the disk and reinstall? That simple, or am I missing something? Sorry about these dumb questions, I've just been stressed out these past two days with this new hardware and I want to make it easy as possible. Thanks again.
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October 13, 2013 2:12:28 PM

i HAVE DONE IT 3 TIMES NOW WITH THE SAME O.S AND YES IT WORKS IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING, UNINSTALL OLD CHIPSET DRIVERS AND USE STANDARD SATA DRIVERS, SEARCH WEB PEOPLE HAVE HAD SUCCESSS GOOD LUCK!
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November 23, 2013 6:15:52 AM

It might just work with windows 8 or later. Worked for me when I moved from asus p5gc-mx/1333 to a intel db85fl
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