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upgrading motherboard what will i have to replace / change? Software and Hardware

i am upgrading from an F2A55M-HD2 motherboard with an amd a6400k cpu to Asus H81M plus Motherboard DDR3 and an i5 4460 3.2ghz quad core cpu ( http://www.awd-it.co.uk/intel-i5-4460-3.2ghz-quad-core-asus-h81m-plus-motherboard-ddr3-hdmi-4k-bundle.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwrYbIBRCgnY-OluOk89EBEiQAZER58ty8NHNOBMHtYK5vEuoxsxSNw98Imq611BPY8XYlBRQaAtEJ8P8HAQ ) . will I have to reinstall windows since I am changing chipsets ?
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    1. You will probably have to do a full reinstall of the OS, and everything else.

    2. What specific OS is it? If Win 10, read and do this before changing any parts:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3164428/windows-build-1607-activation.html
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  2. Yeliac Van said:
    Nope my friend, you will only have to install windows if you are changing drives (or could boot windows onto the new drives but doesnt matter). Just use the same drive you are using now and everything should be fine:)


    You do realize that this is completely not guaranteed to work, right?
    It may boot, it may not.

    If you've never seen it fail, you just haven't tried it enough times.
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  3. USAFRet said:
    Yeliac Van said:
    Nope my friend, you will only have to install windows if you are changing drives (or could boot windows onto the new drives but doesnt matter). Just use the same drive you are using now and everything should be fine:)


    You do realize that this is completely not guaranteed to work, right?
    It may boot, it may not.

    If you've never seen it fail, you just haven't tried it enough times.


    Taking into account, I apologise for any inconveniences. I was wrong by going off experience, should have explained that results may vary and could be a risk. I have deleted the post and will make sure more research is done before answering any more Threads, also explaining the risk involved.
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  4. Yeliac Van said:
    USAFRet said:
    Yeliac Van said:
    Nope my friend, you will only have to install windows if you are changing drives (or could boot windows onto the new drives but doesnt matter). Just use the same drive you are using now and everything should be fine:)


    You do realize that this is completely not guaranteed to work, right?
    It may boot, it may not.

    If you've never seen it fail, you just haven't tried it enough times.


    Taking into account, I apologise for any inconveniences. I was wrong by going off experience, should have explained that results may vary and could be a risk. I have deleted the post and will make sure more research is done before answering any more Threads, also explaining the risk involved.



    I've seen it work. I've seen it fail, between two very similar laptops.
    Late last year, my main system going from a i5-3570k/z77 motherboard, to a i7-4790k/z97 motherboard....fail to boot. Full reinstall required.
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  5. how long would it take if i have to reinstall ? also will i only have to reinstall and thats it or will i have to do any other things? also when installing the motherboard will i have to remove the sata cables from the hard drive and then that is sorted or will i have to do anything else to it
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  6. iraliex said:
    how long would it take if i have to reinstall ? also will i only have to reinstall and thats it or will i have to do any other things? also when installing the motherboard will i have to remove the sata cables from the hard drive and then that is sorted or will i have to do anything else to it


    Reinstall the OS takes maybe 30 mins. Then all the updates, driver installs.
    Then all your other applications.
    You are starting from a bare OS.

    And changing the motherboard/CPU is pretty much rebuilding the whole PC.
    You take everything apart, and then rebuild it.

    Have you ever built a PC before?
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  7. I got a prebuilt pc but I have only installed a graphics card since i got it and thats really about it...
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  8. iraliex said:
    I got a prebuilt pc but I have only installed a graphics card since i got it and thats really about it...


    As said...you basically have to take the whole thing apart, rebuild it, then install ALL the software, incl the OS.
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  9. okay thank you
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