[SOLVED] If I replaced my motherboard can I keep the old boot drive?

epicevan

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If I replaced my motherboard but kept the same storage system and boot drive would I need to do anything? I can just keep my old windows right?
Do people usually get a clean installation of windows just for the sake of ”in with the new out with the old”?
 

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If you replace the board with the same model, it would probably work without issue, but changing the motherboard means different chipsets and drivers. If you're using Windows 10, it might work, it might work, but you could be chasing issues for weeks, or it may not work at all.

If you're using an OS older that Windows 10, a reinstall is going to be required.

-Wolf sends
 
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epicevan

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replace motherboard from what to what?
Does it matter? would Intel to AMD or vice-versa be a problem?

an example so let's say I replaced my 990FXA-UD3 with a b450 tomahawk what do you think?

would something different happened if I replaced a board with the exact same board?
 

Wolfshadw

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If you replace the board with the same model, it would probably work without issue, but changing the motherboard means different chipsets and drivers. If you're using Windows 10, it might work, it might work, but you could be chasing issues for weeks, or it may not work at all.

If you're using an OS older that Windows 10, a reinstall is going to be required.

-Wolf sends
 
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epicevan

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If you replace the board with the same model, it would probably work without issue, but changing the motherboard means different chipsets and drivers. If you're using Windows 10, it might work, it might work, but you could be chasing issues for weeks, or it may not work at all.

If you're using an OS older that Windows 10, a reinstall is going to be required.

-Wolf sends
oh I realize I'm stupid for some reason I thought people would have to buy windows again every time but I can just use my old windows key on a new installation right?
 

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I've transferred my Windows installed SSD from ASUS M5A97 + Phenom II X6 to MSI B450 Tomahawk + Ryzen 5 2600. I had zero problems, if that helps. I'm still using the same Windows, never done a clean install after swapping. (Windows 10)
 

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I've transferred my Windows installed SSD from ASUS M5A97 + Phenom II X6 to MSI B450 Tomahawk + Ryzen 5 2600. I had zero problems, if that helps. I'm still using the same Windows, never done a clean install after swapping. (Windows 10)
Yes, that happens. Sometimes.

There are 3 possibilities:
  1. It boots up just fine.
  2. It fails completely.
  3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3.

You found the rare #1.
 

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