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What to do to prepare for Parts swap

So I'm going to be swapping out my old motherboard (MSI b150I Pro Gaming AC), my processor(I5-6400) and my cooler. And upgrading to a new Z370 Motherboard, I7-8700 and a new cooler. Memory express will be mounting the processor to the motherboard along with the cooler. I need to know what I will need to do before swapping the parts out, and any driver/ Program downloads to do to put on a USB stick. This is the first time I have ever done anything Like this. Thanks.

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31 minutes ago, Frozenanjel said:

So I'm going to be swapping out my old motherboard (MSI b150I Pro Gaming AC), my processor(I5-6400) and my cooler. And upgrading to a new Z370 Motherboard, I7-8700 and a new cooler. Memory express will be mounting the processor to the motherboard along with the cooler. I need to know what I will need to do before swapping the parts out, and any driver/ Program downloads to do to put on a USB stick. This is the first time I have ever done anything Like this. Thanks.

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I'd download the wireless LAN driver from here to ensure that you don't get stuck if Windows is unable to use its built-in network drivers. Other than that, you should be fine, though I will always suggest that you install a clean version of Windows when upgrading something as significant as your chipset. You can create a Windows installation tool on a blank USB drive with the software here.

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You should do a clean install, but before you need to do this: https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

Also back up all your files.

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Just now, Enderman said:

You should do a clean install, but before you need to do this: https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

Also back up all your files.

Backup all my files? I am using an ssd as a boot drive and a hard drive for all my storage. Do I need to backup both? or just whats on the ssd

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1 minute ago, Frozenanjel said:

Backup all my files? I am using an ssd as a boot drive and a hard drive for all my storage. Do I need to backup both? or just whats on the ssd

Oh well then you can just unplug your HDD while clean isntalling windows on the SSD then.

Anything on the SSD you want to keep just paste it over to the HDD.

 

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1 minute ago, Frozenanjel said:

Backup all my files? I am using an ssd as a boot drive and a hard drive for all my storage. Do I need to backup both? or just whats on the ssd

As long as you are careful to select the correct drive while installing, just the ssd. 

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2 minutes ago, Fez_Boy said:

As long as you are careful to select the correct drive while installing, just the ssd. 

Nope.

Windows often screws up and puts system partitions on other drives, regardless of what you select.

Then if you ever unplug those other drives windows will fail to boot.

 

You should ALWAYS unplug all drives except one when installing windows.

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1 minute ago, Enderman said:

Oh well then you can just unplug your HDD while clean isntalling windows on the SSD then.

Anything on the SSD you want to keep just paste it over to the HDD.

 

Okay, will everything on the HDD be compatible with the new install of windows? I mostly use the pc for games and I don't want to have to re-download a terabyte of games

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2 minutes ago, Frozenanjel said:

Okay, will everything on the HDD be compatible with the new install of windows? I mostly use the pc for games and I don't want to have to re-download a terabyte of games

You will need to tell steam or whatever launcher where the location of the games is but it should detect them.

Programs (like steam) need to be reinstalled.

 

Also remove any passwords on your account to make things easier, otherwise you will run into permissions issues trying to access the HDD on the new install.

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Just now, Enderman said:

You will need to tell steam or whatever launcher where the location of the games is but it should detect them.

Programs (like steam) need to be reinstalled.

 

Also remove any passwords on your account to make things easier, otherwise you will run into permissions issues trying to access the HDD on the new install.

You mean like passwords for my login to windows right?

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6 minutes ago, Frozenanjel said:

You mean like passwords for my login to windows right?

Yeah, cause otherwise you need to do some workarounds to get access to the files again.

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Just now, Enderman said:

Yeah, cause otherwise you need to do some workarounds to get access to the files again.

Good to know, how do I get a hold of "drivers" for my new motherboard? I am not 100% sure which motherboard I am getting, so would I need to download them before I swap out the parts?

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22 minutes ago, Frozenanjel said:

Good to know, how do I get a hold of "drivers" for my new motherboard? I am not 100% sure which motherboard I am getting, so would I need to download them before I swap out the parts?

When you clean install windows it should install everything for you.

Just check for windows updates.

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1 hour ago, Homeless Pineapple said:

I'd download the wireless LAN driver from here to ensure that you don't get stuck if Windows is unable to use its built-in network drivers. Other than that, you should be fine, though I will always suggest that you install a clean version of Windows when upgrading something as significant as your chipset. You can create a Windows installation tool on a blank USB drive with the software here.

lan drivers aren't the issues with win10 most likely :)

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1 hour ago, Frozenanjel said:

Backup all my files? I am using an ssd as a boot drive and a hard drive for all my storage. Do I need to backup both? or just whats on the ssd

slightly off topic, but I highly recommend to always have a backup of all data you don't want to loose on an external drive. Harddrives and SSDs can fail, they are not forever.

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