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Do I have to re-install windows every time I upgrade?

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If you're running Windows 10 it should take the upgrade w/o issue.

 

You should however go in and manually uninstall any drivers like chipset, ethernet, and audio, and then just install the drivers corresponding to the hardware you upgrade to! :)

I want to upgrade my current system in the near future, is there a way you can migrate an OS but all the registry values too so I don't have to go around re-installing everything? Like something that just transfers all the files, but ditches the drivers and motherboard chipset stuff?

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If you're running Windows 10 it should take the upgrade w/o issue.

 

You should however go in and manually uninstall any drivers like chipset, ethernet, and audio, and then just install the drivers corresponding to the hardware you upgrade to! :)

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If you're changing motherboards you should do a clean install.

If not, no it's not necessary.

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31 minutes ago, jakkuh_t said:

If you're running Windows 10 it should take the upgrade w/o issue.

 

You should however go in and manually uninstall any drivers like chipset, ethernet, and audio, and then just install the drivers corresponding to the hardware you upgrade to! :)

Ah okay, that makes sense. I am running windows 10, my current system is old, Asus Maximus 6 with i7 4770, I was going to upgrade when the ryzen 4000 5nm CPUs came out. so when the time comes, if I uninstall the chipset drivers, I should be fine using the new system without re-installing windows?

31 minutes ago, Enderman said:

If you're changing motherboards you should do a clean install.

If not, no it's not necessary.

I will have to change motherboards, because I want to go from an i7 4770 to one of the Ryzen 4000 5nm CPUs when they come out.

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It depends on what you are upgrading. If you have windows on a boot drive and you install that drive on your new motherboard it should work. As long as the system is not connected to power when you remove the drive and the drive is is uninstalled properly you shouldn't have any corrupted data that would require a fresh install of your OS.

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4 hours ago, School Appropriate said:

Ah okay, that makes sense. I am running windows 10, my current system is old, Asus Maximus 6 with i7 4770, I was going to upgrade when the ryzen 4000 5nm CPUs came out. so when the time comes, if I uninstall the chipset drivers, I should be fine using the new system without re-installing windows?

I will have to change motherboards, because I want to go from an i7 4770 to one of the Ryzen 4000 5nm CPUs when they come out.

don't worry about reinstalling.   The biggest issue you'll have is if your current windows license is an oem license.   After a week it'll start telling you you need to activate and buy a new key.  It will still work perfectly fine though so definitely no need to re-install the OS.  Maybe just the odd 3rd party driver. 

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