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    How forgiving is Windows 10 when changing

    hardware? I need to change my motherboard (when my daughter comes in April) but I have a new harddrive, I'm going to use to install Windows 10 on before the change of the motherboard. Do I have to reinstall Windows 10 if I install Windows now as apposed to waiting til I change the motherboard, then install Windows 10?
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    If you are changing a motherboard, any version of Windows would need a Repair Install at least to get the correct motherboard drivers loaded. A clean install might be better though.

    How were you planning to do the Windows 10 install? A clean install of a new Windows 10 license (OEM or Retail), or an "upgrade" from Windows 7? That might affect licensing.

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    Clean install OEM disk coming in today with license.

    I was thinking to use the .iso disk I have first, then when daughter comes and we change the motherboard, use the new OEM and do a clean install.

    Using the .iso, I could do an upgrade with it. I don't care about losing the license from Windows 7 because it's no longer supported, it wouldn't matter.
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    OK, that plan sounds like it would work. You would want to use the OEM disc on the new motherboard only.

    You would just want to make sure you have a backup of any files or documents you want to save before the OEM install, just in case.

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    The drive is bare, it's my new WD 500GB SSD.
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    I was thinking of any files or data that you added or created after your initial Windows 10 installation that might need to be saved before any re-install.

    This would give you the opportunity to have fun adjusting the settings to your liking and/or trying out any shells to make Windows 10 work or look like other Windows versions. That will probably take longer than the Windows install process.

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    You know, they are still doing that free windows 10 upgrade!
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...ctd0gyji1g00**


    Just saying....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney M View Post
    You know, they are still doing that free windows 10 upgrade!
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...ctd0gyji1g00**


    Just saying....
    I knew that, that's where the .iso came from.
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