Question about motherboard replacement

Hi guys,

I have a question - my motherboard's toast and I've found another of the same type on the internet. Will replacing my old motherboard with a new one of the same type require a new OS install (Windows in this case).

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  1. As long as it's the same exact model, then no... I replace them all the time, but it must be the same exact motherboard.
  2. jdenova007 said:
    ... ,but it must be the same exact motherboard.

    Mostly true.

    Identical is best. Usually same brand and chipset will work. I can swap drives between my GA-EP45-UD3P and GAEP45-UD3L motherboards all day and they both still work - mostly. :) It breaks the Windows activation because the MAC address of the built in ethernet ports are different, at least until I swap the drives back.

    But after that, the odds of success go downhill pretty quickly.
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