New Motherboard and a Not So Fresh Feeling

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by chaos945, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

    So I am very happy with Windows 7. I switched my old "data server" box from XP to 7 and my newer laptop from Vista to 7 and as stated am very pleased with the entire package in general.

    I replaced a motherboard on a customer's computer, due to blown caps. I ordered a replacement motherboard with the same socket, 775. So to be straight that is: new RAM (the old MB only had DDR slots) and new motherboard.

    I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on this system before the new parts so I knew it was in decent shape. Back when XP came out, heck even with 95, 98, ME, I attempted to reuse a Windows installation after changing hardware drastically. I know it is possible, and yes, you could do a bunch of monkeying to get it to work, but no... its not worth the hassle.

    That being said I figured I'd give it a shot and see how Windows 7 would handle a new motherboard (and RAM). To my surprise the system booted up just fine! I thought a blue screen maybe, or errors, or missing drivers, or hell springing forth from Redmond. But no! I checked the hardware manager and only the ACPI drivers were missing. I humped over to grab them and everything looks A-O-K.

    I've seen reports of more drastic hardware changes like multi/single core CPU changes, motherboard with new socket, etc. But this is pretty great I have to say.
  2. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

    Thats good to know, Thanks Chaos.

    Haven't come up to a situation like that yet.

  3. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Happy Valley
    That is good to know. It will make it a lot easier in the future ..