Motherboard Changeover

  LONG1 12:33 07 Apr 2009

Hi everyone I currently have an MSI 945gzm chipset motherboard with intel dual core 1.8ghz cpu 2gb ram 160gb sata harddrive running windows Vista this is a custom built machine. I want to upgrade motherboard to a ABIT AB9 pro without reinstalling Vista OS is there a way round this as I have looked doing GOOGLE search and find most people say clean Reinstall where as I would really like to not reinstall all ur help would b appreciated Thanks

  Arthur Scrimshaw 13:34 07 Apr 2009

of Vista, but a few months ago I replaced my motherboard and the machine booted up without a mumur - but that was with XP.

  (~oo~) 14:47 07 Apr 2009

I think with Vista you have no choice but to reinstall the operating system.

You could try but I would clone your drive to another just incase it goes belly up.

Is it a full version of vista or an oem disk?

  LONG1 16:32 07 Apr 2009

No it is an OEM version of Vista home premium

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:49 07 Apr 2009

Uninstall motherboard drivers.
switch off
change board
reboot let vista find new hard ware an install the drivers for your new board.

  LONG1 17:15 07 Apr 2009

Thanks where do I find all these drivers to uninstall? Would they b in uninstall programs or device manager or located on hardrive under program files?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:25 07 Apr 2009

In device manager

  Forum Editor 18:22 07 Apr 2009

from Speakers Corner.

  DieSse 00:53 08 Apr 2009

If it's an OEM version, the licence you agreed to says you cannot use it again on a new system. An upgraded motherboard would normally count as "a new system".

  LONG1 14:58 08 Apr 2009

ok looks like i am stuck mayb i will take this up with microsoft. either that I will have to by another copy of vista which would mean a total reinstall might aswell build or by another pc for what it is gonna cost oh well!!!

  Stuartli 15:41 08 Apr 2009

I've changed my motherboard twice in recent years - all that has been required is an XP Repair.

I haven't any experience, apart from the odd play, with Vista, but there are instances where a "Repair" can be undertaken. See:

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There are plenty of other sources, but these should help you.

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