Replace motherboard - steps to consider.

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  1. Kol12's Avatar
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    Replace motherboard - steps to consider.


    What steps should you consider when/before replacing the motherboard? Should old chipset drivers etc be unisntalled prior to the swap? What about the TPM? If this has been enabled does it need to backed up or disabled before the swap?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    If you've been using bitlocker, disable it.

    I assume you're hoping to simply reuse the same system drive and have it reconfigure automatically.

    Before you make any changes, create a full disk image of all O/S partitions as is so very often recommended here.

    Win 10 license: is yours retail? If so you can transfer it and reactivate Win 10 in the new environment. Tutorials available.
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  3. Kol12's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    If you've been using bitlocker, disable it.

    I assume you're hoping to simply reuse the same system drive and have it reconfigure automatically.

    Before you make any changes, create a full disk image of all O/S partitions as is so very often recommended here.

    Win 10 license: is yours retail? If so you can transfer it and reactivate Win 10 in the new environment. Tutorials available.
    Yes hoping to pop the system drive onto the new mobo without reinstalling Windows. Can a different/newer chipsets drivers be installed over an older chipsets drivers successfully?

    I have TPM enabled in both BIOS and Windows but I do not use Bitlocker. I've actually forgotten now what else the TPM does.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    People have reported good success rates simply putting the system drive in a new environment.
    Naturally that applies only MBR -> MBR or UEFI -> UEFI.

    But take the precaution I advised as is recommended here time and again to be used routinely and regularly- in case it all goes wrong. Disk imaging to a separate (external) drive.

    There are programs which help with bare metal transfers like that as well e.g.
    ReDeploy a system to new hardware
    (That's an older version of Macrium found with a quick search ... there will be an updated document so just provided as an example)
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  5. Kol12's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    People have reported good success rates simply putting the system drive in a new environment.
    Naturally that applies only MBR -> MBR or UEFI -> UEFI.

    But take the precaution I advised as is recommended here time and again to be used routinely and regularly- in case it all goes wrong. Disk imaging to a separate (external) drive.

    There are programs which help with bare metal transfers like that as well e.g.
    ReDeploy a system to new hardware
    (That's an older version of Macrium found with a quick search ... there will be an updated document so just provided as an example)
    I'm a Macrium user and will certainly make a full image before installing the new hardware.

    So the TPM (or anything else in the BIOS/motherboard for that matter) doesn't store any unique information to the OS/user? Can it simply be reverted to stock settings if were to be sold?
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    Hi folks
    Apart from excellent advice given above - usually any new MOBO is supplied with appropriate drivers for its chipset etc if these are in any way not usually available via Windows update.

    Depending on what you've got installed on the old system I wouldn't uninstall anything - if Windows doesn't need it it won't use it. You might also find some older legacy hardware you could be running on your system won't work if you uninstall stuff.

    Windows 10 these days is quite sophisticated at getting and installing new drivers -- even when the MOBO has a different chipset and CPU brand from the old one e.g AMD->INTEL and vice versa.

    Your main issue apart from the mechanics of removing the old board and replacing the new one especially if also using the Old CPU in the new board is to ensure all the components are seated properly and wired correctly.

    An old fashioned (paper) notebook and pen is invaluable here - but I suppose if you are under 25 you won't know what those are - so take plenty of phone pics at each stage of the operation. Changing a MOBO while not technically difficult takes longer than you might think (especially for a tight fit) and it's easy to miss a connection.

    I had one that would't start at all -- the mistake I'd made was I'd forgotten to connect the "Power Led" -- just that small omission cost me ages of time and hassle until I'd found it. On connection machine powered up perfectly !!!!!!!

    Cheers
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    So the TPM (or anything else in the BIOS/motherboard for that matter) doesn't store any unique information to the OS/user? Can it simply be reverted to stock settings if were to be sold?
    Hopefully others will comment on that - not something I know in detail. Potentially sensitive data could be stored there.

    What Is a TPM? How This Chip Can Protect Your Data | Laptop Mag

    And see e.g.
    Verify Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Chip on Windows PC
    which gives some background and possible options you may or may not have used, plus comments following.
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  8. Kol12's Avatar
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    @jimbo I know what a pen and paper is thanks. So basically what your saying is all of the old drivers can remain installed, Windows will detect the new hardware/drivers and these will not conflict with the old drivers?
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
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    That's what some people have done successfully and Windows reconfigures for the new environment.

    You could then scan for old drivers and remove them of course e.g. Driver Store Explorer
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  10. Kol12's Avatar
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    Will see how we go. Thanks.
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