The title explains most of it. I am about to upgrade to a new motherboard and I know that I need to reinstall windows or do a fresh one for the new chipset. I am going from an X38 chipset to the X58 chipset if it means anything.
The problem is that I purchased windows 7 from one of microsofts student deals and it was a download so I never got a disk for it. This is a legit copy btw, not a shady download.
I see the windows 7 sticky about making a bootable flash but they all involve using the windows disk. I found instructions on how to go in the control panel to create a system repair and recover disk so I did that already but I am not sure if that is what I need.
I have two questions before I proceed:
1. Just to confirm, will this system repair disk that I just made function as my complete reinstall disk when I swap my mobo? It is worded as "this will help recover your system from a major error" so that makes me a little skeptical that this is what I need. Alternatively, I can to a fresh install on a new HD partition...but the same question comes up. Will this repair and recover disk work for a fresh install?
2. Create system image vs creating a repair disk. Will the system image function as a full repair disk AND allow W7 to get to where it is now or do I need both a repair disk and the image disk if I want to preserve my current W7 status?
Thanks for the help in advance. I did this a while back and got stuck between two mobos somehow so I would like this one to go down a lot smoother.
1. No, the system repair disk can only repair an existing Windows install, not create a new one. This Guide will show you how to create a bootable Windows 7 disk from your downloaded copy.
2. The system image may not help, as you could apply the image to a hard drive in the upgraded machine, but it would exactly the same as moving the current drive to the new computer, which may not work anyway.