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Do I need to reinstall Win 7 after replacing motherboard and cpu?

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September 3, 2010 7:16:02 PM

Do I need to reinstall Win 7 after replacing motherboard and cpu? Ihave heard that you can do a repair or upgrade to avoid reinstalling all my files
a c 159 à CPUs
a c 295 V Motherboard
a b $ Windows 7
September 3, 2010 7:42:42 PM

Hi spinker and welcome to THG.

In some cases u don't need do anything since the OS load the necessary files for the upgrades that u did. Few months ago I changed my mobo for a new one and I haven't to re-install or repair the OS just boot up without problems.
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September 3, 2010 8:54:23 PM

You might need to reinstall all your drivers,

when I created a new computer my graphics card was completely unsupported (ati 4870HD) until I installed the drivers, the screen resolution was limitied to" 640x480 256 colours"

My LAN card was also unsupported, required drivers to connect to my router

but when I fresh installed windows 7 on a formated hard drive I didn't have that same problems, auto detect internet and graphics card, the drivier data I think is stored in the motherboard ROM

I had a similar situation on my old computer
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September 13, 2010 12:09:07 AM

Yes I dib get my answers.

After installing a new cpu, motherboard and ram. Windows 7 pro 64 Windows 7 reinstalled flawlessly very interesting to watch the progress as WIN y went about finding all the new drivers and files to complete the installtion. We dod not have to do a repair just had to confirm with Windows ownership of program and had to also reinstate ownership of Microsoft Flight Simulator supplying keys.
Went like a breeze.

Larry System
Win 7 Pro 64 bit
Intel Core i7-960 new
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R new
Nvidea GeForce GTX 285--Nvidia Driver: 258.96 installed a month ago
RAM G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 new
Western Digital 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb
Power Supply: Corsair 750 watt
Case: Thermaltake M9


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November 23, 2013 6:16:39 AM

May or may not. But the first boot will take some time like it might say getting devices ready or stuff.
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November 23, 2013 8:18:33 AM

i recommend to do fresh installation because it will load necessary drivers and also u will get rid off previous installed driver which is unnecessary.
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November 24, 2013 12:21:04 AM

^ happens automatically
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November 24, 2013 3:07:14 AM

Windows should find the drivers automatically, well it did for me, and usually has in the past, except for Vista, (which was about as much use as a one legged man in an arse kicking competition).
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