Another Dumb Motherboard Question

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  1. JasenP

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    I am upgrading my MSI board to a Soyo. Do I have to reinstall Windows?? ie:. Do I have to back everything up before I swap out the motherboard?

    I REALLY don't want to do this.
     
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    Remember this: the ONLY dumb question is the one that you DON'T ask.
    I don't think that it is absolutely necessary to back everything up; however, it is ALWAYS good practice to do so whether you need to or not. I personally have no sympathy for one who does not back up his data that screams when something happens to it. (Can you say, "Steven Thrasher"? [​IMG] )
    The most that **should** happen is that the system will detect a new set of chips, such as any IDE chipsets, PCI bridge chipsets, and so forth. It might require a few subsequent reboots, but most likely Windows will find a bunch of new chipsets and be done with it.
    Note, however, that it is *extrememly* possible that Windows will barf up a lung due to conflicts with its current configuration and the new motherboard chipsets. I've had it happen. So, don't take anything for granted!
    Personally, what I would do is use this as an excuse to rebuild the system with a new hard drive. That way you're getting a fresh install with only the drivers for the new motherboard and all of your data will be protected on the original drive. Just reinstall the apps and transfer your data over. Yes, this means the purchase of a new hard drive which is an expense that you didn't plan on, but it completely eliminates any fear of incompatibilities and it gives you a backup of your data that you might not have had before.
     
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    How about if I remove all the devices in the device manager while in safe mode and then power down, install the board and reboot?
     
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    Win XP Pro

    I can't wait to get that RAID setup, that's why I was in a hurry. Thanks for all your help!

    -Jasen
     
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    Eeek! I'm not familiar with using PC-based RAID-on-board, so I don't know what if any extra variables that will throw into the equation. When it comes to stuff like that, I a pure SCSI-and-UNIX bigot. [​IMG]
    Well, I don't know what other help I can really be except to say (again) that as long as your data is backed up somewhere -- got for it! The fact that both use VIA is encouraging, but we'll have to see what happens.
     
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    The OS is on it's own non-RAID IDE so I can set the RAID up later.
     
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