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What should I do when replacing my motherboard?

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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2011 1:36:34 AM

A few questions regarding replacing a motherboard:

1. Do I remove all devices in the Device Manager?
2. Do I need to manually install the software for all my drivers (both old and new)?
3. Should I do a clean install with a new OS?

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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2011 6:22:11 AM

I usually do a clean install - it's simpler - but you could install the drivers from the motherboard CD, and let Windows choose the ones to load. It might work.

Removing the devices in Device Manager might not be a good idea.
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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2011 6:18:55 PM

+1 to Compulsive

Do a clean install
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July 24, 2011 6:25:54 PM

BACKUP YOUR DATA FIRST!!!

You can test it first to see if your new mobo works with your existing OS install, and if it doesn't work then you can do the clean install.
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a c 243 V Motherboard
July 24, 2011 6:39:50 PM

AbdullahG said:
A few questions regarding replacing a motherboard:

1. Do I remove all devices in the Device Manager?
2. Do I need to manually install the software for all my drivers (both old and new)?
3. Should I do a clean install with a new OS?


Why are you replacing your motherboard?

If, for example, you are replacing a faulty P67 B1 motherboard with the same B3 version, you don't have to do anything.
You will get a request from windows to reactivate since it looks like a different motherboard.

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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2011 3:13:05 AM

Best answer selected by AbdullahG.
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