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Does switching from AMD to Intel CPU and mobo require windows reinstall?

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August 7, 2014 7:30:51 AM

I'm switching from an AMD fx 8350 to an i7 4790k and i was wondering if it is safe to just Install the motherboard, cpu, and drivers and uninstall the old amd ones.

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August 7, 2014 7:37:32 AM

Duskmustache said:
I'm switching from an AMD fx 8350 to an i7 4790k and i was wondering if it is safe to just Install the motherboard, cpu, and drivers and uninstall the old amd ones.


If you had an OEM edition of windows then you would need a new copy. If not the you could just install the new drivers and uninstall the old ones.

Hope this helps :) 

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August 7, 2014 7:39:42 AM

It is not going to work without a clean reinstall of windows.
I have tried this a number of times.
If you can get your pc to boot with the new motherboard and cpu, you will be ok by just installing the new drivers that come with your motherboard.
The problem is that your current windows most likely does not have the needed drivers to boot.
Going from similar chipsets like Z87 to Z97 will work. Even older combinations of intel to intel is likely to work.
But, I have never succeeded in going from amd to intel.
Try it, you might get lucky. No harm will come.
I would be prepared to do a clean install. If you have not yet done so, this would be an opportune time to install on a SSD.

MS is surprisingly lenient on allowing a OEM windows 7 to be used on a new motherboard.
They just want to be assured that you are not a pirate and the copy of windows is used nowhere else.
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August 7, 2014 7:41:06 AM

So I bought my computer from cyberpower and they gave me a recovery disk for windows 7 professional sp1. Is this considered OEM?
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August 7, 2014 7:44:59 AM

Duskmustache said:
So I bought my computer from cyberpower and they gave me a recovery disk for windows 7 professional sp1. Is this considered OEM?


Yes, it is.
The recovery dvd will not likely work for you as it is probably set to recover the amd pc.
Find your windows 7 activation key. If you don't see it in your documentation, you can find it by running a free app called magical jelly bean.
You may need to download or borrow a windows 7 64 bit dvd to do the clean install.
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August 7, 2014 7:48:20 AM

geofelt said:
Duskmustache said:
So I bought my computer from cyberpower and they gave me a recovery disk for windows 7 professional sp1. Is this considered OEM?


Yes, it is.
The recovery dvd will not likely work for you as it is probably set to recover the amd pc.
Find your windows 7 activation key. If you don't see it in your documentation, you can find it by running a free app called magical jelly bean.
You may need to download or borrow a windows 7 64 bit dvd to do the clean install.


If you don't have one/ cant borrow one look here:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...

Hope this helps :) 

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August 7, 2014 7:50:05 AM

The windows sticker on the side of my pc is the activation key right? (sorry for stupid questions just wanna make sure)
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August 7, 2014 7:53:59 AM

Duskmustache said:
The windows sticker on the side of my pc is the activation key right? (sorry for stupid questions just wanna make sure)


Yes it should be. If it looks like http://pic.globalimporter.net/upload8/2012-12-03/895107... then it is.

Hope this helps :) 

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August 7, 2014 7:55:55 AM

With OEM copies of Windows I've gone from AMD to Intel on a few builds successfully. Just have to re-activate over the phone with Microsoft. Also gone from Intel to Intel a few times.

AMD E-350 to i3-4130T (Windows 7 Home Premium updated to Windows 8.1 then the swap)
AMD Athlon X2 6000 to Intel i7-950 (Windows 7 Pro to Windows 7 Pro, With windows XP on another partition, XP didn't work after that)

Most likely won't work with a recovery disc, but you never know. If you have a spare drive, make a backup first. (You should do that anyway)
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August 7, 2014 7:58:42 AM

Okay, so last question. I can just remove my current motherboard and cpu, install the new intel ones, and just reinstall windows through the disk?
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August 7, 2014 8:03:01 AM

Duskmustache said:
Okay, so last question. I can just remove my current motherboard and cpu, install the new intel ones, and just reinstall windows through the disk?


Yes but try booting into windows after the new mobo and CPU, it just might work so its worth a shot. If not then re install windows.

Hope this helps :) 

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August 7, 2014 8:07:04 AM

Okay, thanks so much for bearing with me! I will post again to tell if i have successfully upgraded! Thanks all!
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August 7, 2014 8:12:11 AM

AMD does not like either Intel nor nvidia, for obvious reasons. It has been documented many, many times that multiple errors are due to the fact that prior AMD drivers are in conflict with either the Intel or nvidia drivers. The only way to avoid possible blackscreens, bluescreens, power offs, resets, lockups, etc is to do a full 'clean' install of whatever Windows. This deletes any unwanted AMD signatures in your registry, program files, system files, device manager. It's not always the easiest route to follow, and may require a call to MS to recertify your Windows copy, but the end justifies the trip.
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August 7, 2014 4:59:44 PM

Installed perfectly and didn't even have to reinstall! Thanks guys! :) 
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