Does upgrading my Motherboard mean re-installing windows?

I am planning on upgrading my Intel Core 2 duo E8400 to a i3 4130, in doing so I will need to purchase a new motherboard. If I do will I need to re-install windows and install all my games and stuff? Or will it just boot up and need new drivers?

I hope it doesn't as most of my games are on steam and it chews through my internet installing new games. Also if could have a simplified answer it would be much appreciated.
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  1. Sometimes you have to re-install but sometimes you don't, but looks like you have to re-install windows because you're changing processor
  2. So is it better if I wipe both the drives and re-install windows?
  3. What do you mean?
  4. Install windows on one drive and put your data on the other drive
  5. So I have two drives so I put all my videos, pictures and stuff but not software or games on the second drive and then install the mobo and put windows on the first?
  6. Best answer
    You can put everything except windows on one drive and the other drive will only contain windows and small files (documents, game save files)
  7. So I put all my stuff part from windows on the second hard drive, change out the cpu and motherboard, pop the two harddrives back in and then everything will be fine? Apart from updating drivers?
  8. If you don't want to lose your data yes it would give the best chance of your data not gone. But if you don't want to buy a 2nd hard drive, you can use a linux live cd, backup your data to another partition (from drive C: to drive D: or whatever) wipe the C drive and install your new windows on drive C and your data will be on drive D
  9. I already have two hdds. So I will be all good?
  10. Yes
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