Installing a new mobo without a reformat?

By Mr_PacMan ยท 9 replies
May 23, 2003
  1. Hi, I've decided to get a new mobo cos my old ECS K7S5A is *cough* crap *cough*, anyhoo i've decided to get a new Asus A7V8X - X (hey theres not problem with being budget friendly :p ) and i really don't want to reformat cos i got no way to back-up my files (Oh if you're just going to tell me to get a CD burner i'd rather not cos i like using the old "Sry i can't get you a copy cos i don't have a burner" excuse). So basically i was just wonder if there was anyway to install the new mobo without conflict issues or screwing it up and definatly without a reformat...

    Thanx in advance,
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Welcome to Techspot forums

    Depends on the operating system. In Windows, you could boot to safe mode and remove the old drivers - but it might recognize everything just out of the box. Linux kernel depends on how it is configured, BeOS doesn't need any alterations, etc..
  3. Mr_PacMan

    Mr_PacMan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanx for the welcome Mictlantecuhtli, the OS i'm using is WinME, is it possible to delete all the drivers for it, cos when ECS made its driver package it didn't seem to include an uninstall feature for them :( . Thanx for the info though i'll have to try it out.

    P.S if anyone knows of an app that deletes or atleast helps deletes these driver plz post. Thanx again Mictlantecuhtli.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Windows Me should be fine. 98 and Me have a FAR easier time being transferred to a new a system when compared with 2000 and XP.
  5. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    Ok, you guys are probably going to frown upon this and maybe even say it isn't possible but it is. In Windows ME you can go to DOS prompt, even if your in Windows at the time and go at deleting as many files as possible in the Windows directory... install the new motherboard, then reboot and either boot to DOS and run setup from the CD or boot to the CD and install WinME again over the old copy.

    If you haven't done that before it might be a little confusing, but trust me, it's very possible because I've done it at least 10 times in the past, and you dont have to format or anything so you will be able to keep your data.
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    WinME doesn't boot to CD, but uses a boot floppy, so it is possible to delete the entire Windows directory prior to reinstalling WinME (on your new system).

    This should be followed by reinstalling all the applications that had previously been installed.

    Effectively, your system would be just as clean as if you started from scratch.

    Remember to defragment your hard drive afterwards.
  7. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    well said

    Correct-amondo, nickeepoo.

  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    The best thing I can always suggest is that, unless you have a VERY good reason not to, do a complete reinstall if you rebuild your machine. Please.

    Even upgrades suck. Like upgrading Windows 2000 to XP, or Redhat 7.3 to Redhat 9. Just reinstall. Honestly, if at all possible, please do because your machine will love you for it.

    Certainly, if you rebuilt your machine with a new board, you can change trying the old installation if its Win9x based or Linux based, but to be honest, its a new computer new and it needs to be redone I think, for best results.

    Yeah, for best results always reinstall I think.
  9. Nightmare197

    Nightmare197 TS Rookie

    With ANY Windows based system you should ALWAYS FORMAT you system drive or partition. It can work but you will have lost of bugs and problems down the road if you do not reformat..

  10. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    Backup anything, on a regular basis, that you can't live without! You can always buy a cheap refurbished HD that you connect only to do backups or hide a cheapo CD-R drive in a drawer when not in use.
    Since you're going from a Sis 735 chipset to a VIA KT400 you will need to reinstall Windows at a minimum. If that doesn't work then reformat and live with your decision.
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