1.    25 Feb 2017 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Is it ok to swap front USB panel for identical unit?

    Kind of a weird situation here. I've got a Fractal Define Mini C micro atx case and the power button was kinda squishy, so I ordered another case and swapped the front panel (I'm a bit OCD). This front panel has a couple USB 3.0 connections as well as a mic/headphone jack, power and reset button.

    After doing this, when I booted into windows it said it was installing new hardware and then asked me to restart. I did, and everything seems to work fine. But, my concern is that perhaps I've jacked up some driver file or something similar. I didn't realize that Windows would identify a seemingly identical front panel as new hardware, so is it ok to swap this thing out after Windows has been installed or do I need to reformat and reinstall Windows to ensure I don't run into issues?

    I'm running a relatively fresh install so it wouldn't be a huge deal to reinstall Windows if it meant potentially avoiding some kind of conflicts whatever. Is this necessary, or even potentially a good thing (to reformat after doing this), or is there nothing to worry about?
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  2.    25 Feb 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)

    There should be no problems if the front USB panel is a simple connector. May be you have a front panel with USB hub which is why it installed a driver?
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  3.    25 Feb 2017 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    There should be no problems if the front USB panel is a simple connector. May be you have a front panel with USB hub which is why it installed a driver?
    That may be so - I have no idea. It has a big cable tha my plugs into the mobo as well as a bunch of tiny cables for the LEDs and power/reset button, as well as an audio cable that plugs into my sound card.

    So let's assume that the front panel has a USB hub and has some kind of driver -- would this situation be concerning in any way based on what I've described?
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  4.    25 Feb 2017 #4

    Whenever you install something that has a USB hub, Windows will attempt to recognize and install a driver for it to work. Kind of like when you connect a USB headset, it installs a driver for it so it. I'd definitely say installing or swapping any front USB panel will work fine. I have a panel with 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x SATA ports, 1x headphone jack and 1x mic jack on my panel. Works flawlessly.
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  5.    25 Feb 2017 #5
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    Win7 Pro x64/Win10 Pro x64

    It's nothing to worry about. Windows saw new hardware when you installed the new panel (the panel must have some sort of active device on it for Windows to detect new hardware), and installed a new driver for it to run. It's as simple as that. No need to reformat or reinstall. A new driver load is nothing if the new hardware works right. Just continue using Windows like you always have.
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