Update Windows to accept newly-installed mobo w/o reinstall

December 30, 2011 at 20:46:21
Specs: Windows 7, amd fx 8120
i am trying to install motherboard crosshair formula V. i want to update windows to accept this new board without having to reinstall and wipe all my saved files. i have a 8 core Amd black ed and 16 gig ram to go with it.

i cant seem to find a recommended power supply, should i go with a higher one? i presently have a 550 watt thermal take power supply, what power supply should i use?

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December 31, 2011 at 05:37:44
If it will boot up at all you can try installing drivers but if not then you will probably end up reinstalling W7. MS says you need to reinstall. If factory install of OEM version, you may need a new version, especially if the factory restore does not work.
As far as the power supply is concerned, you have not supplied enough information. If everything else is the same then the power supply should be fine, but if you are adding or changing the graphics card then all bets are off. You need to supply detailed information on make/model of graphics card, power supply, and all significant components. Make special note of how many 12 volt rails and the Amperage on each rail from the specs or label.

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December 31, 2011 at 11:12:36
Generally you install all the drivers before you attempt the switch. Afterwards you need to do a repair if it can't boot. Some devices need to have been removed before too, usually video card.

Get a psu that has all the correct numbers not just the total watts. Each leg is needed to have a rating.

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