I want to change motherboard. Will be any drivers incompatible problem

  1. Lokateu's Avatar
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    I want to change motherboard. Will be any drivers incompatible problem


    Basically I want to change my motherboard, but I don't want to reinstall Windows. My concern is not to Windows licenses, its really is with drivers and bsod. There is anyway to change my motherboard without being caught with a bsod driver relate problem?
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  2. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    The best way to accomplish that is to use a program such as Macrium Reflect to create a disk image backup of the OS drive, replace the hardware, then perform a restore. Most disk imaging programs such as Macrium Reflect have built-in facilities specifically for the purpose of restoring to dissimilar hardware.

    Of course, you could also create a disk image backup, then swap the hardware and just see if it works. If it does, you won't need the backup you made, but at least you will have it available in case it is needed.
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Today you have a Intel i5.
    What are the new MB and CPU specs?
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  4. Lokateu's Avatar
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    Megahertz said:
    What are the new MB and CPU specs?
    Ryzen 5 and A320 motherboard.
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  5. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Different family so everything is different.
    Do what hsehestedt suggested: Make a disk image before you begin.

    I myself would do a Clean install.
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  6. Lokateu's Avatar
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    Megahertz said:
    Different family so everything is different.
    Do what hsehestedt suggested: Make a disk image before you begin.

    I myself would do a Clean install.
    I'll try. I don't want to do a clean install cause it's too much time to customize Windows the way I want.
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  7. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    You are right - it may take some time to customize everything to your liking, but often that time is worth it. I admit that I STRONGLY prefer the clean install method myself, especially when making a major hardware change. It let's you start fresh without all the accumulated debris left behind from the previous installation, but of course it's completely up to you.
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  8. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Clean install W10

    But give Macrium a try, we have no way of knowing what will happen

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    Yes a Clean Install is a PITA, but you are going to a totally different platform.

    Just remove all the Intel software if it boots using the image.
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  9. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    There are two main showstoppers that will keep you from just moving the drive to the new motherboard and booting Windows 10.

    1. UEFI v. Legacy BIOS. Both motherboards need to be booting in either UEFI mode or legacy BIOS (CSM) mode. If you are moving from a legacy BIOS motherboard to a UEFI motherboard it is easy to do the conversion, but you will need a backup image to restore from.

    2. SATA disk controller mode. IDE v. AHCI v. RAID. SATA controller should usually be set to AHCI. However, if you are going to change SATA disk controller modes you need to do some preparations on the old install first.

    Otherwise, odds are that you can just boot the old drive on the new motherboard (even switching between Intel and AMD) and Windows 10 will adjust itself.
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