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    Motherboard change leaves HD in place

    Hi all, I had a procedure, by Microsoft, which involved command line commands to prepare for a M/B change leaving the old Hard drives in place. You would enter the commands and then shut the Computer off. Replace the M/B and all was suppose to be well Win7 retail version. Now I can't find the instructions. Is anyone aware of the procedure. I looked on the web but no luck. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Regards Peter

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    One procedure is listed here:
    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2007/...lling-windows/

    If the drivers for the new motherboard are significantly different from the old ones, it might not work but all you lose is time.

    If you are trying to save activation, see:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/75496/how-t...to-reactivate/

    Jerry

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    Petrox,

    When doing a motherboard swap, make sure you've uninstalled any software with a limited number of installs (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking, Windows Office, Adobe Photoshop), as these will read the new M/B as a new install and ding you accordingly (or fail to work at all).

    Zig

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    You could make a backup image of your hard disk before replacing MB then once you have fitted the MB restore to the hard disk from image checking that HDD is formatted at same time. This may allow you to boot with all software installed. If it fails to boot try using the repair startup option on the windows CD. to see if it will fix the boot.
    Make sure in bios that the HDD is second only to the cd/dvd option in boot order.
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    Thank you all. I will let you know how it went after the M/B swap. Here is the link I was referring to in my original post SysPrep to move HD to another computer Regards Peter

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