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Do you need to re-install Windows after replacing the CPU?

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Anonymous
November 1, 2010 6:43:44 PM

I am getting a free Core 2 Quad Q8200 from a friend which should arrive in a couple of days :D  :bounce:  :pt1cable: 

Now, I know that this is compatible with my motherboard, but I am wondering if I will have to re-install Windows 7 (Ultimate 64-bit, not sure if it's in my signature) after swapping processors. I've heard mixed opinions on this; I was under the impression that a Windows install was tied to the motherboard and CPU, and you would need to re-install Windows after replacing either in order for it to boot.

A quick Google search, however, seemed to show that I might in fact be wrong. Most people seemed under the impression that you should just be able to swap out the CPUs and the biggest issue you would face is possibly having to call Microsoft and ask them to re-activate.

Does anyone know for sure what the answer is?

Thanks :) 

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November 1, 2010 6:51:12 PM

You will be fine without installing the OS again.
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November 1, 2010 7:00:23 PM

mosox said:
You will be fine without installing the OS again.


+1. ive swapped the CPU in and out plenty of times. never had to re-install the OS. swapping out the mobo...different story
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Anonymous
November 1, 2010 7:03:05 PM

Thanks both of you, now I know for sure :D 

It'll make things a lot easier, I only reinstalled Windows a couple of weeks ago so it would've been annoying to go through it all again :/ 
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Anonymous
November 1, 2010 7:03:12 PM

Best answer selected by dangerman200k.
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November 1, 2010 8:44:52 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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