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How to reinstall windows 7 after upgrading my motherboard?

So I recently purchased a new Msi motherboard with a new CPU and want to replace it with the cheaper gigabyte motherboard I have in my custom built computer. I know I would have to reinstall windows because it would freak out if I didn't, but how? I don't know how exactly I would approach this, if I made a windows image, windows still wouldn't like my computer because the drivers would be different, and if I wipe my hard drive completely and just install windows it might not let me. I came here first before I tried anything because I realized if I did something wrong I might have to buy a new windows disk which are expensive. Also, I'm upgrading from an Amd based motherboard to an intel motherboard. Also, for some reason storage devices do not work on my computer, the drivers contentiously fail, so if theres a way where i dont need a external harddrive that'll be great
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  1. 1. Going from AMD to Intel, you need to reinstall. Period.

    2. Do you have the activation key?
  2. USAFRet said:
    1. Going from AMD to Intel, you need to reinstall. Period.

    2. Do you have the activation key?


    Yes, i have the cd and windows key.
  3. USAFRet said:
    1. Going from AMD to Intel, you need to reinstall. Period.

    2. Do you have the activation key?


    So, i can just download windows like i did when i built the computer without it giving me any issues?
  4. If your Windows 7 CD is a retail version, then you should be able to re-install and activate without issue. If it's an OEM version, you may have some issues with re-activation. Per the Microsoft License Agreement, you're suppose to purchase a new license for your new motherboard. However many people on this site state that automatic activation fails, but the next step (reactivation over the phone) usually does work for them.

    -Wolf sends
  5. Given the install DVD and the activation key, you should be OK. AS stated above, you may have to go through the phone robot to activate. It's pretty easy, though.
  6. Wolfshadw said:
    If your Windows 7 CD is a retail version, then you should be able to re-install and activate without issue. If it's an OEM version, you may have some issues with re-activation. Per the Microsoft License Agreement, you're suppose to purchase a new license for your new motherboard. However many people on this site state that automatic activation fails, but the next step (reactivation over the phone) usually does work for them.

    -Wolf sends


    One last question, how exactly do start the reinstalation of windows? Will it ask for a windows disk on its own or do I have to wipe the drive?
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    dude807 said:
    Wolfshadw said:
    If your Windows 7 CD is a retail version, then you should be able to re-install and activate without issue. If it's an OEM version, you may have some issues with re-activation. Per the Microsoft License Agreement, you're suppose to purchase a new license for your new motherboard. However many people on this site state that automatic activation fails, but the next step (reactivation over the phone) usually does work for them.

    -Wolf sends


    One last question, how exactly do start the reinstalation of windows? Will it ask for a windows disk on its own or do I have to wipe the drive?


    Put the disk in the DVD drive, boot from it, and off you go.
    Either go into the BIOS and designate the DVD as first, or F8 and select the boot device.
  8. ^+1

    -Wolf sends
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