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Old 08-15-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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If I replace a motherboard with an identical motherboard, would I have to reinstall all the drivers and programs and network settings?
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If the motherboard is exactly identical, no. You may not even have to reinstall the OS.

Edit: When changing a motherboard, Microsoft considers that a "new build"; therefore requires that you purchase another license for Windows. However, I've read that if the motherboard is EXACTLY identical, then it's not considered a new build as this is considered a replacement.
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Edit: When changing a motherboard, Microsoft considers that a "new build"; therefore requires that you purchase another license for Windows. However, I've read that if the motherboard is EXACTLY identical, then it's not considered a new build as this is considered a replacement.
Only if it's an OEM copy of Windows. Not sure how an OEM copy would respond to a different but exact same model mobo in there, but I don't think it would work without a call to MS. I could be wrong as I've never had to do it. If you have a retail copy, then no worries.
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Right Im a little confused here. My main concern is that I do not wanna lose any settings for my programs or networks. So if I had to load windows for the new mobo, would I automatically not lose all my settings anyway?
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Hope this helps- http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news...ng-windows.ars
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