is there a way to not reinstall windows when changing motherboard?

bundle im getting for xmas: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ADMI-AMD-Phenom-3-4Ghz-PRE-ASSEMBLED/dp/B00864R3EI

this bundle with 6770 1gb
600w cosair
hp workstation case ( changing soon)

so is there a way not to have to re-install whole win7 my friend did it but obv we have different boards he said he just replaced it using same hdd he pluged it all in connected everything booted his system up n when he logged in it said installing new drivers n then he updated gpu card n so on

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7 Responses to “is there a way to not reinstall windows when changing motherboard?”

  1. Andy L. says:

    Adding: Michael, Be sure to read my answer fully before choosing best answer which is not critical. What is important is the package they sell is not compatible to itself.
    Continuing with detail:
    Before I write Windows compatibility, I think I should mention that the motherboard shown does not support the CPU they are using. The CPU will plug in, but the motherboard socket is limited to 95 watt CPUs and could burn out when you actually use AMD Phenom II X4 965 BLACK of either 125Watts or 140 watts
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/NVIDIA/N68-VS3%20UCC/?cat=CPU
    http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Phenom%20II%20X4%20965%20Black%20Edition%20-%20HDZ965FBK4DGM%20(HDZ965FBGMBOX).html
    http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Phenom%20II%20X4%20965%20Black%20Edition%20-%20HDZ965FBK4DGI%20(HDZ965FBGIBOX).html
    What is more, it is not a particularly good gaming CPU anyway unless highly overclocked, and I do not believe that is your direction adding a good CPU cooler.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
    It is an older cheap motherboard early 2011 or earlier, and cheap RAM, and a old cheap CPU which is why the price is so low. The RAM looks like 2x2GB filling both slots, and you would be lucky if they go the even cheaper 1x4GB because at least you can upgrade that to 8GB. I would not deal with ADMI.
    Since a higher grade of parts that actually has the CPU supported by the motherboard can be bought for the same or lower price, not only is there no bargain, but you can expect it to fail sometime in 2013 when you burn out the motherboard.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/epVL

    About your question, sometimes it will boot up to update all the drivers, and sometimes it won’t. It depends to some extent on the compatibility between the old and new. The bios software of the motherboard links to the operating system and the boot drivers of the operating system are looking for certain parts and it will usually start as a blue screen or black screen failure to begin a repair process.

    I am more of an expert in parts and compatibility than the operating system in replacing a motherboard and CPU with one that may or may not match what you have now.

    I would start by finding a different part set, and then ask again and maybe someone would have more experience with the difficulty, and name your current HP hardware set detail to stand a chance at a good answer about it. Also, there are not many HD 6770’s around. It is being obsoleted because of power use to performance. It is 108 watts and performs around HD 7750 at a similar or lower price at 55 watts. Some HD 7770’s go on special sales.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/parts/video-card/#sort=a5
    Maybe you already have the old HD 6770 or getting a great price on a used card.
    Adding: George has the right answer to your question that you do need a new Windows disk set, which is what I think also. I have the right answer that the Christmas gift is set to fail and should be changed to a different one before you even think about the operating system needs.

  2. CYBER says:

    if you buy exact mother board than there is 98% chance you wont have to but if it will be different one than yes you have to because it will give blue screen(it is bacaous of the drivers that gets preinstalled during the windows installation)

  3. Ramón says:

    This is a dumb question

  4. doruletz1999 says:

    NO
    Windows is not a hot swap operating system, changing the motherboard will most likely result in failure to boot or freezing after boot.
    This is also a Microsoft safety feature to prevent piracy by drive cloning.
    If the two motherboards are same brand and very similar models it might work…

  5. Goerge says:

    Your exact hardware is appreciated but in this particular instance unnecessary. What is important is the the operating system that is on your current system. HP=OEM MS. OEM is a version of Windows that major manufacturers such as HP/Compaq use to keep costs down. Microsoft doesn’t provide end-user support. That is to say that those that buy this type of operating system need to know the system so manufacturers and home-builders are the buyers of this type. Those that look ahead as you are belatedly doing right now chose this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116717 type of operating system. Not pro to be exact but this is a RETAIL version. This OS can be transferred from one motherboard to the next without consequence as long as the previous mb is deactivated. The OEM version has a monogamous relationship with its’ host motherboard. This is why the retail version is about triple the cost of single serve OEM operating systems. You didn’t have a say in the case with the HP tower but you do now. There is a much used loophole in this type of scenario. The user can just say that the intended MB for life broke and they have no choice but to transfer. Not much luck with a retail MB like the one installed in a cookie cutter HP mid-tower. MS is stupid but not ignorant. The OS will say that there was a significant change in hardware and as such the OS would need to be re-certified and re-activated. In the OEMs case the activation would fail. That means your tranfer won’t work. I was using ummmmmmmmmm hold on if it matters this http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111126142415AAO7twv covers that and includes that standard disclaimer about the use of OEM and Retail versions.

    Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings

    Buying a system builder http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 is probably your best bet unless you have an extra couple of hundred dollars to spend.

  6. Matter4 says:

    Windows installations are done on the hard drive, not on the motherboard.

    Plug the same hard drive into the motherboard when setting back up, and you should be good to go 🙂

  7. David says:

    Matter4 is incorect

    If the OS was purchased woth a pc (OEN) then swaping hard drive will not work as Microsoft has a string that indentifys your hardware. When you boot your computer it wont boot. You are allowed to change 2 bits of hardware as stated in the conditions. A motherboard due to the number of chips is about 10 hardware points.

    If youe OS is full none OEM then you can swap and register.

    Of course free Linux distro’s dont have this problem.

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