Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Motherboard change - need to reinstall Windows?


  • Please log in to reply

#1
BIGEYE

BIGEYE

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 41 posts

I have an intermittent fault with my network connection and it is looking increasingly like the motherboard is a fault. I have bought a new identical motherboard but it is a last resort to change. When the time comes to change, will I need to do a fresh Windows install?

OS is Windows 7.


  • 0

Advertisements


#2
ruggie_uk

ruggie_uk

    Trusted Helper

  • Malware Removal
  • 2,083 posts

Hi.

If it is identical then there should be no need to reinstall as the chipset will be the same. It will just carry on as before.


  • 0

#3
Plastic Nev

Plastic Nev

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 485 posts

Hi,

Providing the new motherboard is identical to the old one there shouldn't be any need to do anything with the operating system, even if minor differences it shouldn't matter as Windows 7 seems to be a lot more forgiving than the older Windows XP was. We have seen instances where the motherboard change was for a higher grade and Windows 7 didn't complain.

 

Nev.


  • 0

#4
SleepyDude

SleepyDude

    Trusted Helper

  • Malware Removal
  • 4,149 posts

Hi,

 

If your Windows 7 license type is retail and not OEM you will need to reactivate the windows license.


  • 0

#5
BIGEYE

BIGEYE

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 41 posts

Hi,

 

If your Windows 7 license type is retail and not OEM you will need to reactivate the windows license.

Forgot about that, cheers.


  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP