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Does upgrading to a new CPU / Processor require reloading the OS?

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November 13, 2012 3:29:05 AM

I am interested in upgrading my processor on my MoBo. Will I need to reload the OS once upgrade is complete?

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Rob

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November 13, 2012 3:53:15 AM

Shlim1 said:
I am interested in upgrading my processor on my MoBo. Will I need to reload the OS once upgrade is complete?

Thanks,
Rob


You shouldn't have to unless the new hardware causes some kind of problem with the OS. All you have to do is stick the new CPU in the socket, lock it down and clamp down the fan/heatsink. Once you do that turn on the computer and it might give you a message like this:



follow what it says and you are done.
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November 13, 2012 4:09:24 AM

Awesome, thanks!
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November 13, 2012 5:23:27 AM

A new cpu is fine; changing the motherboard is likely to require a new install of windows though.
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November 13, 2012 5:45:20 AM

jldevoy said:
A new cpu is fine; changing the motherboard is likely to require a new install of windows though.


Just to add to this if you have an OEM version of windows and you change the motherboard, windows wont work as it is tied to that system. But yea shouldn't be a problem if only changing a cpu and keeping the motherboard (staying on the same socket)
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November 14, 2012 3:27:58 AM

Funny you bring that up... Originally had to change the HD and the OEM windows would not work. Well, at least activating it would not work. Microsoft help desk created a new key and I ran into the same issue... for some reason, the activation screen says I typed the Key in wrong. X - 20 days and counting...
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November 14, 2012 5:04:19 AM

Will I need to reload the OS once upgrade is complete




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November 24, 2012 2:18:12 AM

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