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Upgraded, should I reinstall Windows?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I recently upgraded from Intel Kaby Lake to Ryzen 3000. Should I completely reinstall Windows or is there an easier way to remove old drivers?

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Old system

I5 7600k

MSI z270 gaming m3

16gb(4x4gb) DDR4 2400

Gtx 1060 6gb

EVGA 500b

 

Upgraded system

R7 3700X

ASUS ROG strix X470-F gaming

16gb(2x8gb) DDR4 3600 CL18

RTX 2080 TI

EVGA Supernova 750 G3

 

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Yes. A reinstall is highly recommended so as to avoid any driver or software issues. Also, make sure to update your bios and firmware.

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9 minutes ago, Dobby_is_free said:

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Whenever you switch motherboards, do yourself a favour and perform a fresh install. It's not guaranteed that your Windows install will boot off of another machine. Even if it does, you'll run into instability and bugs. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

Whenever you switch motherboards, do yourself a favour and perform a fresh install. It's not guaranteed that your Windows install will boot off of another machine. Even if it does, you'll run into instability and bugs. 

What's the easiest way to do a fresh install? I want to keep my license, can I use the reset this PC option in windows?

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7 minutes ago, Dobby_is_free said:

What's the easiest way to do a fresh install? I want to keep my license, can I use the reset this PC option in windows?

A reset is not the same as a clean install.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

https://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/


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18 minutes ago, Dobby_is_free said:

What's the easiest way to do a fresh install? I want to keep my license, can I use the reset this PC option in windows?

Boot into the Windows Installer, format the boot drive and install Windows.  

This is for Windows 7, but the process hasn't changed since Vista. The installer looks virtually the same since then. The only difference between the video and what you need to do is format the disk when it asks were you want to install Windows as you already have a Windows installation present. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

Boot into the Windows Installer, format the boot drive and install Windows.  

This is for Windows 7, but the process hasn't changed since Vista. The installer looks virtually the same since then. The only difference between the video and what you need to do is format the disk when it asks were you want to install Windows as you already have a Windows installation present. 

Ok thank you

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Just gonna throw this out there, I moved to Ryzen from an intel 3750. First boot took a little longer and that was it. No reinstall, no futzing with drivers. Just had to reactivate the windows license is all. 

I'm still in favor of fresh installing when changing versions of windows but I can't really point to any reason to do it for a measly motherboard/cpu/ram change. 


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4 hours ago, jake9000 said:

Just gonna throw this out there, I moved to Ryzen from an intel 3750. First boot took a little longer and that was it. No reinstall, no futzing with drivers. Just had to reactivate the windows license is all. 

I'm still in favor of fresh installing when changing versions of windows but I can't really point to any reason to do it for a measly motherboard/cpu/ram change. 

There is no logical reason, just old myths that "something" may be wrong. But this question is asked so many times so is not worth repeat answers. OP can just search forum. If is too lazy - let him reinstall Windows. :)

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