Posted 04 September 2005 - 06:11 PM
Posted 04 September 2005 - 06:27 PM
Assuming that the new motherboard supports your existing hard drive, then you MAY be able to get away with not formatting & performing a fresh install of windows.
What you have to remember is that at the moment your windows install is configured for your current hardware (in particular, the motherboard). A new motherboard will require all the motherboard drivers to be updated in windows. Although this is perfectly possible & shouldn't cause you a problem, I would not like to guarantee that windows will be 100% stable as a result.
I would recommend that you backup any files that you wish to keep (to CD or another external device) first before upgrading the hardware. After the upgrade, reconnect the drive & update the drivers. Worst case scenario, you will need to perform a fresh install of windows (although repartitioning should be not be necessary) but at least you will have all your important files saved in the backup.
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