[SOLVED] Dead CMOS battery, Windows upgrade question

lolpc

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So I have an older PC that I want to update and use as a LAN PC, however the CMOS battery is dead, it boots up just fine I just have to go through the BIOS and change the time. It's not my primary PC so it's not an everyday hassle for me, the reason why I haven't just changed the battery is that it's a Maximus VI Formula and you can only get to the battery by removing the armor, which means you have to disassemble the freaking machine, and for something I use so infrequently, it seems a little too bothersome. Before I start using it as a LAN PC I want to upgrade it from Win 7 to Win 10, so I was wondering if you guys think there's going to be an issue with the upgrade with a dead CMOS battery during the frequent restarts during install?
 

Barty1884

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An in-place upgrade would probably be ok - although you'll likely be directed to the BIOS to correct the time following every restart.

A clean OS install might be a little tougher, but the same rules would apply.

Ultimately, it's a a little time consuming, but not an unrealistic amount of time to disassemble/remove the board/remove armor/replace the CMOS battery....... Probably 30 minutes maximum? I would probably go that route but, if you decide not to, you should still be able to upgrade or install Windows 10.
 
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lolpc

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An in-place upgrade would probably be ok - although you'll likely be directed to the BIOS to correct the time following every restart.

A clean OS install might be a little tougher, but the same rules would apply.

Ultimately, it's a a little time consuming, but not an unrealistic amount of time to disassemble/remove the board/remove armor/replace the CMOS battery....... Probably 30 minutes maximum? I would probably go that route but, if you decide not to, you should still be able to upgrade or install Windows 10.
Cool! I'll probably end up just upgrading the machine in-place, I'm really not tempted to pull the thing apart as my cable management skills back then were abysmal to say the least :D

Thanks for the help!
 

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