I've upgraded my CPU in the past on my PC and not needed to install a new copy of Windows 7. I am considering updating both my motherboard and CPU on this same machine. I would be changing to a newer platform/architecture.
Will I need to do a fresh install of Windows or will the PC function with the new parts?
Does anyone know what criteria might dictate a new copy of windows be used?
If the OEM installation has been installed on another system, it grabs the serial number of the motherboard and when you activate, it then ties that license to that motherboard.
If you get a new motherboard, the OEM version will install, but the problem will start when you go to activate, as the OEM license will show that copy of Windows is tied to another computer, this is where you need to call Microsoft and explain you are upgrading your current build, and be sure you specify to them "the upgrade was due to a faulty motherboard/parts that needed to be replaced"
A little white lie maybe, but that condition will justify immediately the need for the new motherboard, and they will give you a new activation code to get the OS up and running again.
The reason I ask about removing the various drivers for chipset controllers specific to my old platform is won't I start taking away core functionality when you're doing this and eventually not be able to operate the PC within windows?
I guess what I'm looking for is the order to doing so? Or am I overthinking this?
Will merely replacing the board and processor force windows to boot up with generic drivers for the new motherboard?