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Windows 8.1 motherboard upgrade without clean install RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Microsoft,

    I'm currently waiting to upgrade my motherboard as I need this question answered. I'm changing from my Pre-installed JasmineR motherboard from my HP Pavilion 500-242ea to the ASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger. I've been searching all over the internet trying to find out if i can upgrade my motherboard without having to clean install windows 8.1. All the things I have found say that this is possible but every thread I've seen seems to be conflicted by people saying that it is not possible. I've seen everywhere that I would have to re-activate windows but is this all I have to do to get my windows 8.1 to boot with everything intact. I have that much stuff that i can not afford to clean install so can i change my motherboard without losing anything and if so then how?

    Monday, September 7, 2015 1:50 PM

Answers

  • 1-You have to do a clean install.  There  are just far too many different drivers, configurations, settings, etc that are vastly different.  If you dont do a clean install you may be sending days/weeks working out the kinks.

    2-The other thing you should consider.  If the OS was pre-installed and you change the Mobo you will need to buy a new win 8 key as pre-installed os (called OEM) are tied to the original hardware.


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag


    Monday, September 7, 2015 2:41 PM
    Moderator
  • Without Clean installing your system won't work-the drivers and chipsets are different so your system can't load Windows...so you must have to go for a Clean install.

    Once you install Windows you need to go for a reactivation.

    Best idea will be back up all your important things before swapping the motherboard.


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Monday, September 7, 2015 11:59 PM

All replies

  • 1-You have to do a clean install.  There  are just far too many different drivers, configurations, settings, etc that are vastly different.  If you dont do a clean install you may be sending days/weeks working out the kinks.

    2-The other thing you should consider.  If the OS was pre-installed and you change the Mobo you will need to buy a new win 8 key as pre-installed os (called OEM) are tied to the original hardware.


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag


    Monday, September 7, 2015 2:41 PM
    Moderator
  • Are you sure? There are lots of forums that say that this is completely possible.
    Monday, September 7, 2015 10:17 PM
  • Without Clean installing your system won't work-the drivers and chipsets are different so your system can't load Windows...so you must have to go for a Clean install.

    Once you install Windows you need to go for a reactivation.

    Best idea will be back up all your important things before swapping the motherboard.


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Monday, September 7, 2015 11:59 PM
  • Only one way to find out, but as you can see the opinion is unanimous.

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:07 AM
    Moderator