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Switching Mobo's without reinstalling Win 7

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January 22, 2013 3:53:14 AM

I'm going to move from the MSI z77a-g41 to the ASRock z77 Extreme 4 (for obvious overclocking reasons). here are my specs:

i7 3770K
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Kingston Hyper X 120GB SSD (for OS and virus protection)
Crucial M4 512GB SSD for games and Photoshop, etc...
Seagate 2T for everything else (photos, video, music)
Zotac GTX 680, 4GB (Amp edition)

I've had this current setup for about 1 month on my MSI and am now moving to the ASRock. What method would you all use to avoid re-installing Win 7?

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January 22, 2013 7:29:41 AM

Hi, Since using the same chipset, you shouldn't have any trouble in using the OS on the new system. You would probably have to update the audio or LAN controller drivers, if different on the new board.
Make sure SATA is set to AHCI on the new board (I assume Windows was installed in AHCI mode).
January 22, 2013 1:23:59 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. Any other tips or things I might overlook? I've never done this before and I want to make sure I don't miss anything.
January 22, 2013 6:51:30 PM

Best answer selected by jconway1968.