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    Hi,

    I'm about to rebuild my PC from a Core2 to i7, and planning to make it simple by maintaining the current Vista64 OS load. While this is my Nth build, this will be the first time I'm trying it without a clean OS load. I'm fully backed up and such (thanks for being awesome, Mozy!), but half expecting this to go terribly.

    Has anyone else tried it this way? Will this be the easiest day of my life or will I spend my 2-week holiday recovering from disaster?


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    Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

    It will probably work, but the underlying chipset incompatibilites make this a LAST resort option I use strictly for emergency recovery. It's your comp and time, but I never see it as worth it. Last thing I want to do is chase down gremlins in a new build.

    Also, your windows will probably want to re-authenticate. Your OEM licence "might" not let it fly.

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    • #3
      Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

      Yeah an OEM version of Vista will have issues with re-authenticating but there will also be chipset issues. If it does even boot to windows I'm foreseeing a lot of recovery mode work to sort everything out.
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      • #4
        Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

        Hrm, that's a good point. I bought the Vista64 directly from Newegg, but it is an OEM pack. I have no problem calling MS though and explaining the upgrade situation.

        In my mind, it goes like this: Disassemble, rebuild, boot up, load new drivers, reboot.

        If that fails, then I'll startup on DVD and repair the windows install.

        If that fails, I'll wipe and reinstall.

        Making local backups now... though it might be a few days until I rebuild.

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        • #5
          Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

          Not going to work very well because of chipset driver issues. You'll save yourself a lot of time and a huge headache by doing it the right way.
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          • #6
            Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

            Originally posted by Buckets View Post
            Not going to work very well because of chipset driver issues. You'll save yourself a lot of time and a huge headache by doing it the right way.
            That's why I posted, to help think this through. What I would expect is that it would boot up at least in a safe mode, then I can add the new chipset drivers and reboot. Wouldn't that make sense?

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            • #7
              Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

              The problem is that trying to wipe old chpiset drivers and install new ones for a completely different board tends to break the OS. They integrate themselves so thoroughly with the OS that it is hard to get rid of all of the old ones. At the very least, even if you do get it running and usable, I'd be worried that you're not getting the performance that you should out of your new stuff.
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              • #8
                Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                It'll most likely fail due to the different chipsets. You'll eventually have to reinstall anyways since Vista won't reactivate since you change mobos.
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                • #9
                  Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                  FWIW win 7 did play really, really nice with the few times I did it (much better than XP ever was at it). And yours should go smooth since your still on an intel platform. But the "mabye's" are just too much for me to "like" doing it. Especially if it's your gaming rig.

                  As for the licence, OEM vista and 7 copies are for only one hardware config, so it may not qualify in the same way xp did. But chances are it won't flag until the 3rd or 5th different config install.

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                    With XP, you can do a repair install; I switched mobos on my son's computer from an AMD to an Intel (totally different chipsets obvioulsy), did a repair install; no issues. No issues re-activating on-line. Vista is different: no recovery console. However, you may want to try the startup repair option as explained here. Not sure if this is applicable in your situation, but it's worth a try. You may have to run this repair more than once. The other possible option, may be an upgrade (even if it'S the same version, you may be presented with that option).

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                      So Boot, did you do it ?
                      Did you have a good weekend or agony followed by a reinstall ?

                      Personally I know it can be done, but I will always vote for a reinstall for lots of reasons.

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                        Haven't rebuilt the PC yet. I decided for safety to be ready for a clean Vista install on my secondary drive, so I've spent the last day cleaning and wiping that one. It's almost done.

                        Either way it's just temporary until I find a good deal on an SSD and go to Win7.

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                        • #13
                          Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                          I only tried to replace the cpu in mine after I found a BIOS update and had to do a fresh install and get a new number for my OS to get the OS to "read" the new cpu. I did get lucky and was able to recover all the data on the disc but had registry problems with some programs and ended up with a double OS file that ate up another 13gb of HD space. Clean is definitely the way to go with full back up.
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                          • #14
                            Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                            too bad you didn't go through with it, I wanted to hear if that worked, but a clean install is definitely the way to go.

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                            • #15
                              Re: New Build w/o Clean Install?

                              Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I was ready to install on my secondary drive it started to crap out. Not full crap out: It's a RAID 0 setup on two 160 disks that gives me about 300 of space. I'm getting little popups in the lower right corner of the desktop that says "Critical RAID Failure on Disk <disk name>". The RAID setup says the array is healthy, so now I don't know what's up or if I want to trust it.

                              Seems the fates are giving me every reason to just buck up for the SSD and Win7.

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