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I don't want to reinstall.


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hey guys,

Ive just purchased a new motherboard and am currently waiting for it to be delivered.

what i need to know is there anyway i can just plug my hard drive into the new board and carry on as normal or am i gonna have to reinstall windows.


Cheers, Chris.
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The short answer is no.

The comp on startup is looking for specific drivers for all the hardware that is related to the system. That is all the board drivers. Everything under your device manager is specific to the board, HDD's, FD, etc.

If you try it, you will wind up with a lot of errors in device manager. You will wind up uninstalling old drivers and installing new drivers. You will most likely end up with driver conflicts.

Back up all your files, data, pics, etc. You can also save your shortcuts.
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Blah i thought as much, sucks because none of my other computers are SATA compatible.

Cheers anyway.


Chris.
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You don't have to wipe.
You can do a Windows Repair instead which preserves your data and programs, though some stop working after a Windows repair and would need re installation.
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Hmm i think ill try a repair first, cheers Neil.
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