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Old 02-26-2011, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just replaced my ASUS a8n32 sli deluxe motherboard with Biostar A780L3L. I used my same 1 tb hd. I have windows 7 Pro. Should I have done a clean install? My computer is running slow. Not sure what my problem is.
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Yes. You need to format and reinstall Windows 7. I am amazed that Windows booted up at all.
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But why is that? I thought it would work just fine. I have built 4 computers, no problems. First time upgrading motherboard with same hd. Thanks foryou patience.
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When you install Windows, it sets itself up to run on your current hardware. Add in specific drivers and you have a Windows installation that will only work (well) on that setup. That's a simplified explanation but it gives the gist of the matter.

When you moved the hard drive to a different motherboard, you completely changed the hardware (as far as Windows is concerned). This is why I am amazed it even booted or is not throwing constant blue screens.

XP would allow you to perform a repair installation that reacquainted XP with your hardware. This would reassign Windows to work with what was there regardless of what was there before (most of the time). Vista and 7 do not have this option.
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Well, thank you very much for your help. You are awesome.
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