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What are the things you should do after a motherboard change?


op00iuy

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#1
I recently had to change my motherboard because of hardware failure. Fortuanately, its of the same company, so not much headache there.

My question is that what should I do now after the motherboard is changed. My PC is taking a little longer to boot. I wonder if it still is holding the drivers of the previous motherboard in memory.

Should I sysprep my Windows installation? Should I uninstall the drivers from the previous motherboard? It will be really hard since I don't know which of them are needed. i have a whole bunch of them in the installed list.

What are the things I can do on the OS side to make this transition a little smoother.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    CPU
    Intel i7

Barman58

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#2
I would personally look at a fresh install, I know this is a major step but at least you should have a setup that is less likely to fail due to a driver issue. I am assuming that you have access to the correct drivers for the current [New] motherboard I would make a USB pen drive with these on, for future needs, and reinstall fresh which will give you a much better install

One issue you may have, is the licence, if this is a type of OEM licence then it is likely to fail due to the major hardware change This would be more likely if the Windows was supplied with the original equipment, as the key is normally held in a chip on the motherboard - If this happens use the option to speak to Microsoft and explain exactly what and why you did the change and they should re-licence the hardware for Windows, they do not often have an issue to an honest change like yours.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Real World Computing
    CPU
    AMD FX8350 8 Core @4GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M5A78L-M USB3
    Memory
    32GB [4x8GB] DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus nVidia GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 (2GB DDR5)
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xoner DG + SPDIF to 5.1 System + HDMI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer G276HL 27", (DVi) + Samsung 39" HDTV (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @60Hz + 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Internal
    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

    NAS
    Seagate ST4000DM000
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
    Case
    AeroCool X-Warrior Devil Red Tower
    Cooling
    Stock CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K710 & K270
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless M710 M185 & M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    37Mb/s Down - 9.5Mb/s Up
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2017
    Other Info
    Also run...

    Desktop - 6Core 8GB - Windows 10 Enterprise x64,
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64
    Netbook - Ubuntu
    2 x Nexus 7 Android tablets
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    HTC One Android Smartphone

op00iuy

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#3
I would personally look at a fresh install, I know this is a major step but at least you should have a setup that is less likely to fail due to a driver issue. I am assuming that you have access to the correct drivers for the current [New] motherboard I would make a USB pen drive with these on, for future needs, and reinstall fresh which will give you a much better install

One issue you may have, is the licence, if this is a type of OEM licence then it is likely to fail due to the major hardware change This would be more likely if the Windows was supplied with the original equipment, as the key is normally held in a chip on the motherboard - If this happens use the option to speak to Microsoft and explain exactly what and why you did the change and they should re-licence the hardware for Windows, they do not often have an issue to an honest change like yours.
How do I backup my data? I mean I want the exact same desktop and its contents and my exact same preferences. Is that possible with a fresh install somehow?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    CPU
    Intel i7

Barman58

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#4
It may be, or some other workaround, do you have access to an external drive or a an internal to make images to? this should allow you to make a copy of your install, remove the 3rd party drivers from the copy and then use the "cleaned copy to install your system and allow the new motherboard drivers to be added.

Our Member @Kari is an advanced user of this kind of restoration so I have invited him to take a look at this thread and see what he suggests
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Real World Computing
    CPU
    AMD FX8350 8 Core @4GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M5A78L-M USB3
    Memory
    32GB [4x8GB] DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus nVidia GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 (2GB DDR5)
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xoner DG + SPDIF to 5.1 System + HDMI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer G276HL 27", (DVi) + Samsung 39" HDTV (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @60Hz + 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Internal
    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

    NAS
    Seagate ST4000DM000
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
    Case
    AeroCool X-Warrior Devil Red Tower
    Cooling
    Stock CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K710 & K270
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless M710 M185 & M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    37Mb/s Down - 9.5Mb/s Up
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2017
    Other Info
    Also run...

    Desktop - 6Core 8GB - Windows 10 Enterprise x64,
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64
    Netbook - Ubuntu
    2 x Nexus 7 Android tablets
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    HTC One Android Smartphone
#5
Have you discovered what are the things slowing down the computer boot and load? jv16 Power Tools has a module that will monitor and report on your windows load to desktop time; I have not used it extensively, I cannot report on what it reports and how it reports. I mention jv16PT just to give one example, there are other utilities out there.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine

mrjimphelps

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#6
My PC is taking a little longer to boot.
If that is the only problem, then it's possible that the new motherboard has a bad firmware version installed. See if you can back down to an older version of the firmware. If you can't back down to an older firmware version, try a newer version if available.

Another possibility is a bad driver. Go into Device Manager and see if any of the devices listed have the yellow triangle next to them. If so, then do an update on that driver. If none of them are showing as bad, then do a reinstall of your chipset driver, to see if that fixes the problem.
 

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  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (host OS) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (virtual machine)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Inspiron 3847
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    12 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Windows Defender (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house.

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