replace m/b after installing vista x64


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Ward Taylor

Hello
I have been using vista x64 ultimate with relatively good success for
several months now and have decided to replace my motherboard with a
newer model and then attempt to do a "repair" install rather than a
clean one. I can always do a fresh install if it doesn't work, but
would like to try that first. I have tried to use google to find a walk
through, and I have come up with very little except that vista does not
include a full repair install like windows 2000/xp did. From what I
have been able to find, my plan would be to use device manager to remove
all the hardware that would be specific to my current m/b before
actually doing the hardware swap. Then, replace hardware, and since the
storage controller is going to be different, use vista's startup repair
option to load the new driver and then attempt to boot vista and see if
it can detect the other new hardware and install the chipset drivers. I
will be moving from and amd chipset to an nvidia nforce chipset. Does
this sound like a plan to you folks? Has anyone done this or have any
better ideas? I will be imaging by system/boot drives before I start
this process so I will have the ability to "go back".
Thank you for any and all replies
 
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Rock

Ward Taylor said:
Hello
I have been using vista x64 ultimate with relatively good success for
several months now and have decided to replace my motherboard with a newer
model and then attempt to do a "repair" install rather than a clean one.
I can always do a fresh install if it doesn't work, but would like to try
that first. I have tried to use google to find a walk through, and I have
come up with very little except that vista does not include a full repair
install like windows 2000/xp did. From what I have been able to find, my
plan would be to use device manager to remove all the hardware that would
be specific to my current m/b before actually doing the hardware swap.
Then, replace hardware, and since the storage controller is going to be
different, use vista's startup repair option to load the new driver and
then attempt to boot vista and see if it can detect the other new hardware
and install the chipset drivers. I will be moving from and amd chipset to
an nvidia nforce chipset. Does this sound like a plan to you folks? Has
anyone done this or have any better ideas? I will be imaging by
system/boot drives before I start this process so I will have the ability
to "go back".
Thank you for any and all replies


You might need to run startup repair several times. Good luck and report
back the results. Also you can do an upgrade over an installed Vista with
the same version. This is similar to the repair install in XP. There isn't
much experience with this. One person posted he used it on two different
systems to correct operating problems (not startup issues) and it worked. A
couple others reported it didn't. Darrell Gorter from MS opined it should
be a viable procedure. In any event do the startup repair a few times first
to see what happens.
 
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R. C. White, MVP

Hi, Ward.

I'll be watching this thread with interest.

As soon as Vista RTM arrived in November, I installed Vista Ultimate x64 on
my AMD Athlon 64 3200+ system, just like I had all the beta builds. Then,
in December, I installed a new motherboard (EPoX MF570SLI) and CPU (AMD
Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+).

My intent was to "repair install", but that didn't work. I don't recall all
the hang-ups, but the new chipset and its drivers were the biggest
obstacles. Also, I had tried earlier to upgrade some of the beta builds,
but upgrades had never worked for me, even though other testers reported
success. Since the "old" installation was only a month old, I finally
concluded that my best course was to backup my data and do a reformat and
clean install to the original location. I've not regretted that decision,
even though it did take a day or two to re-install my apps. (Since I have
multiple Vista licenses, I also installed Vista Ultimate x86 onto a separate
volume and have been very grateful to be able to dual-boot into that on a
few occasions.)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Mail in Vista Ultimate x64)
 
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Ward Taylor

Gentlemen
I appreciate your replies and will let you know the results. Will be
going down for the swap in a few minutes, if you don't hear from me for
a few days, send a search party and some coffee.
Cheers
 
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Ward Taylor

Hi
An update. It appears that my new tyan 2877 is doa so I won't be
providing any more information any time soon. I will note that when I
tried to remove the hardware in device manager specific to the old
board, vista just kept redetecting it and adding it back in. I was
unable to find a "hardware profiles" section as in previous versions of
windows, I have used that method to move to new hardware, it worked
really slick with windows 98. Just created a new profile and then when
you boot and it asks which profile to load you chose none, and it would
redetect everything. Have they moved the hardware profiles somewhere
else in vista, or is that not included anymore.
Cheers
 

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