support articles are effectively (almost completely) silent on the
subject of adapting an installed operating system to a different
motherboard. Because there
is no official guidance from Microsoft, Windows users have developed a
variety of methods on their own. With
no standard procedure, users variously modify basic methods with
alternate procedures. Following
are the various methods reported to be used successfully by Windows
users. All known alternate
procedures for each basic method are included.
the benefit of Windows users, Microsoft should publish recommended
step-by-step procedures for each operating system.
Methods need to be unambiguous and standardized.
There are currently too many variants.
If Microsoft has no recommended procedure because it finds that Windows
adapts poorly to a motherboard swap (and they canít therefore
recommend a procedure other than a fresh Windows reinstall), then the
Windows operating systems needs to be improved.
Changing a motherboard and moving a hard drive to new hardware
are not unusual occurrences. These common events should not require that Windows and all
applications be reinstalled.
to lack of information from Microsoft, the majority of information
contained herein comes from unofficial sources.
Accordingly, use it at your own risk.
Raw user reports forming the original basis for this guide can be
document is an ongoing public project continually improved by user
comments and other helpful input from Windows geniuses is requested.
created on: January
Lee Kenyon - Seattle, WA
updated 12th February 2004
Guide Updated 15th April 2005
Guide Updated 10th Jan 2006