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  1. #1


    Altero Guest

    Change motherboard

    Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change motherboard
    with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    Thank you very much indeed!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Change motherboard

    Hi,

    If you're thinking of something like the Win9x trick of deleting the enum
    branch under HKLM in the registry, no, that won't work. Installations are
    much more complex now, often necessitating reinstallation for subtantial
    hardware changes. If the replacement are of similar spec's, then there is a
    possibility you can do without the reinstall, otherwise not.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > motherboard
    > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > Thank you very much indeed!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Re: Change motherboard

    Depends on the the mobo, chipset, and whether Vista is x86 or x64. How
    about some specifics.

    "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > motherboard
    > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > Thank you very much indeed!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    JW Guest

    My motherbaord change went better then I expected.

    My MOBO died 2 weeks ago while in sleep mode and I installed a new one
    yesterday.
    The system had a Intel Motherboard, an Intel HT CPU, and 1 GB of memory.
    It was running Vista Home Premium with SP1 RC1 installed.
    My new MOBO is a Gigabyte Model with a different Intel chipset, an Intel
    Core2 Duo CPU, and 2 GB of memory.

    The disk drive and the graphics card were retained from the old system.
    When I turned on the system with only power, monitor cable and PS2 mouse and
    keyboard connected the system came right out of sleep mode and displayed my
    desktop. Needless to say I was very surprised. My mouse and keyboard cable
    are PS2 extension cables and I had them reversed so was unable to proceed
    further so I shutdown the system, reversed the PS2 cables then connected my
    Ethernet router cable and my cable TV coax cable
    I rebooted in safe mode and everything worked except I had to reconfigure my
    MC TV settings.
    I got an alert that hardware changes had been made and I would have to
    reactivate the system within 3 days.
    Later in the day I proceeded to activate the system, expecting to have to go
    through phone activation
    To my amazement the system activated over the internet without any problem.


    "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > motherboard
    > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > Thank you very much indeed!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Altero Guest

    Re: Change motherboard



    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > Depends on the the mobo, chipset, and whether Vista is x86 or x64. How
    > about some specifics.
    >
    > "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > > motherboard
    > > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > > Thank you very much indeed!
    >
    Chipset is different. From Intel 875P to Intel P35
    MB from P4C800-E Deluxe to P5K-E WiFi
    Vista is x86

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Dustin Harper Guest

    Re: Change motherboard

    To tell you the truth, I've had some very good luck with Vista and replacing
    motherboards. I shouldn't have done it that way, but I did... Kinda went
    against my own advice and just replaced the board, CPU, RAM, video card (had
    to reactivate, but it ran fine). Went from an Abit AMD board with Athlon 64
    4400+ and an AGP ATI video card to a Gigabyte P35 Intel board with a Core 2
    Duo 6800 and DDR2 RAM and a PCI-e ATI video card. Rebooted and it came up to
    the desktop, loaded drivers, had to reactivate and I was good to go. I
    wasn't expecting it, but I was eager to get back up and going. Soon after, I
    did reinstall as it was a good idea to do...

    You might have to do a startup install. I'm not sure if doing an upgrade on
    that would work, but it might.

    --
    Dustin Harper
    dharper@xxxxxx
    http://www.VistaRIP.com | Vista Resource & Information Page


    "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > motherboard
    > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > Thank you very much indeed!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Altero Guest

    RE: My motherbaord change went better then I expected.



    "JW" wrote:

    > My MOBO died 2 weeks ago while in sleep mode and I installed a new one
    > yesterday.
    > The system had a Intel Motherboard, an Intel HT CPU, and 1 GB of memory.
    > It was running Vista Home Premium with SP1 RC1 installed.
    > My new MOBO is a Gigabyte Model with a different Intel chipset, an Intel
    > Core2 Duo CPU, and 2 GB of memory.
    >
    > The disk drive and the graphics card were retained from the old system.
    > When I turned on the system with only power, monitor cable and PS2 mouse and
    > keyboard connected the system came right out of sleep mode and displayed my
    > desktop. Needless to say I was very surprised. My mouse and keyboard cable
    > are PS2 extension cables and I had them reversed so was unable to proceed
    > further so I shutdown the system, reversed the PS2 cables then connected my
    > Ethernet router cable and my cable TV coax cable
    > I rebooted in safe mode and everything worked except I had to reconfigure my
    > MC TV settings.
    > I got an alert that hardware changes had been made and I would have to
    > reactivate the system within 3 days.
    > Later in the day I proceeded to activate the system, expecting to have to go
    > through phone activation
    > To my amazement the system activated over the internet without any problem.
    >
    >
    > "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > > motherboard
    > > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > > Thank you very much indeed!
    >
    JW, that's very interesting indeed, thanks for telling us your experience!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Re: Change motherboard

    You may have to do no more than the reinstallation of drivers but likely
    will have to do an install. If Vista came preinstalled on your computer you
    may need new media (if the current installation is a BIOS-locked version).
    If you purchased a full edition of Vista (not an upgrade) you may be able to
    do an in-place upgrade. In any case it is imperative that you back up your
    files and settings with the Windows Easy Transfer wizard. An image back up
    would only get you back where you are now.

    "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:BFEB0417-F70C-4369-8D98-EB989209BD7F@xxxxxx

    >
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >

    >> Depends on the the mobo, chipset, and whether Vista is x86 or x64. How
    >> about some specifics.
    >>
    >> "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    >> > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    >> > motherboard
    >> > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    >> > Thank you very much indeed!
    >>
    >
    > Chipset is different. From Intel 875P to Intel P35
    > MB from P4C800-E Deluxe to P5K-E WiFi
    > Vista is x86

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Altero Guest

    Re: Change motherboard



    "Dustin Harper" wrote:

    > To tell you the truth, I've had some very good luck with Vista and replacing
    > motherboards. I shouldn't have done it that way, but I did... Kinda went
    > against my own advice and just replaced the board, CPU, RAM, video card (had
    > to reactivate, but it ran fine). Went from an Abit AMD board with Athlon 64
    > 4400+ and an AGP ATI video card to a Gigabyte P35 Intel board with a Core 2
    > Duo 6800 and DDR2 RAM and a PCI-e ATI video card. Rebooted and it came up to
    > the desktop, loaded drivers, had to reactivate and I was good to go. I
    > wasn't expecting it, but I was eager to get back up and going. Soon after, I
    > did reinstall as it was a good idea to do...
    >
    > You might have to do a startup install. I'm not sure if doing an upgrade on
    > that would work, but it might.
    >
    > --
    > Dustin Harper
    > dharper@xxxxxx
    > http://www.VistaRIP.com | Vista Resource & Information Page
    >
    >
    > "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > > motherboard
    > > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > > Thank you very much indeed!
    >
    Thank you too Dustin, your experience is important as well.
    So, it seems there's no a rule for this operation (hardware changes) but
    there is some possibility that it can be successful. So I can do nothing
    but try!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Altero Guest

    Re: Change motherboard



    "Altero" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Dustin Harper" wrote:
    >

    > > To tell you the truth, I've had some very good luck with Vista and replacing
    > > motherboards. I shouldn't have done it that way, but I did... Kinda went
    > > against my own advice and just replaced the board, CPU, RAM, video card (had
    > > to reactivate, but it ran fine). Went from an Abit AMD board with Athlon 64
    > > 4400+ and an AGP ATI video card to a Gigabyte P35 Intel board with a Core 2
    > > Duo 6800 and DDR2 RAM and a PCI-e ATI video card. Rebooted and it came up to
    > > the desktop, loaded drivers, had to reactivate and I was good to go. I
    > > wasn't expecting it, but I was eager to get back up and going. Soon after, I
    > > did reinstall as it was a good idea to do...
    > >
    > > You might have to do a startup install. I'm not sure if doing an upgrade on
    > > that would work, but it might.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Dustin Harper
    > > dharper@xxxxxx
    > > http://www.VistaRIP.com | Vista Resource & Information Page
    > >
    > >
    > > "Altero" <Altero@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:E524356B-50AF-4D70-8F40-743D30BFF684@xxxxxx

    > > > Is there any procedure or trick to have the possibility to change
    > > > motherboard
    > > > with different chipset, without reinstalling Vista?
    > > > Thank you very much indeed!
    > >
    > Thank you too Dustin, your experience is important as well.
    > So, it seems there's no a rule for this operation (hardware changes) but
    > there is some possibility that it can be successful. So I can do nothing
    > but try!
    Would only like to thank everybody for all these suggestions
    After changing the MB I will report the results.
    Thanks again!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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