New mobo--How to fix Vista?

By mharper
Aug 21, 2007
  1. Just after I got Vista installed and running well I fried my mother board. (I'm still in mourning about this.) I couldn't get an exact replacement locally, so of course all drivers are different. Can I do a repair and save software installations just now working well, or must I do a clean install of Vista? Is Microsoft going to give me grief about registering Vista again?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    If you say it is working well just now, what is the problem?
    Vista will not accept a new board so you can reinstall and re-activate. If MS ask, tell them that this is second activation because of a failed motherboard - no problem but you will have to use the phone to do it.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    You may have to phone activate, I had to do that when I switched motherboards with an OEM copy of Vista. All they do is ask if it is currently installed on another computer, you answer "no" and they give you the information.
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