When changing motherboards, wiping
your hard drive and starting over is totally unnecessary. Do this only if you enjoy re-installing Windows and all of
your other software. Doing
a re-format and then a full re-install is a pain, but the real problem
is re-installing all those applications; finding all the disks and
downloads for them, then finding all the updates (the updates rarely
have file names which seem obvious months or years later), then
restoring all those hundreds of custom settings and tweaks accumulated
and thoughtfully applied over months or years.
It's amazing how many people will
advocate and go through the process
of f/disking and reformatting their
hard drive when all that is needed to get their machine in top running
condition again is to clean the left-over garbage out of their registry.
There is a great little program in Windows (all flavors) called
RegEdit. You can go in
there and physically delete all the references to a rogue program in
just a few minutes. (Also
2000” ( www.easydesksoftware.com
); One user states “This program is
totally automatic. It cleans up the registry like a fresh install.”)
are no doubt other registry utility programs that do this as well.]
If the motherboard swap involves the
same model motherboard, no special procedures are required.
Just shutdown, replace the board, boot into BIOS, adjust BIOS
settings, and reboot into Windows; (you may need to rebind the NIC).
If the hardware change involves different motherboards, then the
following procedures can be used to make the change without disturbing
the existing installed operating system and applications.