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Switching H97 to Z97 motherboard, driver changes?

  1. #1


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    Win 8 Pro 64bit

    Switching H97 to Z97 motherboard, driver changes?


    Hey folks.

    I am replacing my dead GA H97-D3H with a Z97-UD3H.

    Now, they have the same LAN and audio etc chips, so those drivers will be fine.

    But I am wondering about the chipset drivers between Z97 and H97.

    I was thinking, is there a way, without losing my user account and settings, to reset Windows so it strips all the drivers (other than sysprep where I will lose my user profile)

    All my libraries and stuff are on a second HD so re-installing Windows is a short process for me... should I just go that route instead?

    Thanks
    -csand

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Have you tried just booting the drive with the new MB? Sometimes get lucky and it installs everything on its own with no problem. May have to call the phone number if Windows activation problem.

    I always suggest imaging/backing up a drive if you don't want to lose something when doing major changes like this.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 36
    Win 8 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Have you tried just booting the drive with the new MB? Sometimes get lucky and it installs everything on its own with no problem. May have to call the phone number if Windows activation problem.

    I always suggest imaging/backing up a drive if you don't want to lose something when doing major changes like this.
    Thanks for the reply.

    My MB comes in today so I'll just try that at first


    All my data is on a mechanical drive though so a wipe and reload is no problem really... just half an hour I;d rather not spend, lol
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