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#1 Jul 19 2010 at 9:27 PM Rating: Default
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Hi all,

Due to the lack of information about the game, all I can do at this point is ponder how I am going to upgrade/build my machine to play this game.

I have decided to upgrade my current LGA775 set up to the 1366 chipset.

This will require me to replace the MB, RAM, and CPU (I will also upgrade my GPU).

My question is this, can I simply take my hdd out of my current machine, plug it into the new one and expect windows to run and everything else to remain unchanged when I boot.

The reason I ask is that I want to keep my current case, hdd, psu and operating system and just upgrade the processor and vid card.
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#2 Jul 19 2010 at 9:40 PM Rating: Good
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My question is this, can I simply take my hdd out of my current machine, plug it into the new one and expect windows to run and everything else to remain unchanged when I boot.


Nope. I've done this a bunch of times before too. Windows sees it as a brand new PC you're plugging the HD into and you'll have to re-install/re-register windows.
#3 Jul 20 2010 at 4:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
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My question is this, can I simply take my hdd out of my current machine, plug it into the new one and expect windows to run and everything else to remain unchanged when I boot.


Nope. I've done this a bunch of times before too. Windows sees it as a brand new PC you're plugging the HD into and you'll have to re-install/re-register windows.


Hey, I know I'm not the OP, but I could probably ask a question for him. xD Cuz pretty soon I'm going to build my PC from scratch! Is there a good way to transfer all the data from one hard drive to the next? Or do I just stick to the good ol flash drive? :P


Edited, Jul 20th 2010 8:18am by Austyn
#4 Jul 20 2010 at 5:47 AM Rating: Good
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The short answer is: You may have to reinstall.

The longer answer is: you may not have to.

I remember that with XP, used to be that if you popped in the disk and told it you were doing a repair install, then shut down, installed the new motherboard, turned it on, the repair would run and it wouldn't re-register. I remember doing this successfully once or twice but more often than not this ended up not skipping the registration.

Even if you can't do that, a repair installation or upgrade installation may allow you to keep your programs without needing to reinstall them. -May-.

Just to be on the safe side, back up any important data before replacing the motherboard. Google is your friend for looking up step by step instructions for how to replace your motherboard without installing Windows. It's not always possible to do it, but sometimes it will let you.
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#5 Jul 20 2010 at 6:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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I would highly recommend saving everything off (you would want to do this anyway) and just reinstall windows. There are numerous benefits to a "redeploy" as we call it, chiefly among those that you get rid of the hubris the system has accumulated over it's lifetime. Of course a downside would be that if you don't have all of your cd's/key's etc then you may not be able to reinstall some software, but overall I think the benefits would far outweigh any negative impacts.
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#6 Jul 20 2010 at 6:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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By the way, Magical Jellybean Keyfinder is an amazing piece of software, it can retrieve product keys from almost any program installed. I've used it numerous times for customers who need me to fix their computer but don't have the product keys anymore for their software Smiley: thumbsup
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#7 Jul 20 2010 at 6:27 AM Rating: Good
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Wint wrote:
By the way, Magical Jellybean Keyfinder is an amazing piece of software, it can retrieve product keys from almost any program installed. I've used it numerous times for customers who need me to fix their computer but don't have the product keys anymore for their software Smiley: thumbsup


Seconded. I love that program.
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#8 Jul 20 2010 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
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Wint wrote:
By the way, Magical Jellybean Keyfinder is an amazing piece of software, it can retrieve product keys from almost any program installed. I've used it numerous times for customers who need me to fix their computer but don't have the product keys anymore for their software Smiley: thumbsup

Oh wow, never knew that existed! O.O That's gonna be a lifesaver for me when I get the new pieces for my custom build in. I had my Photoshop and ProTools etc, and I thought I'd lose em along with my old computer. ^~^
#9 Jul 20 2010 at 12:20 PM Rating: Good
Mikhalia wrote:
Wint wrote:
By the way, Magical Jellybean Keyfinder is an amazing piece of software, it can retrieve product keys from almost any program installed. I've used it numerous times for customers who need me to fix their computer but don't have the product keys anymore for their software Smiley: thumbsup


Seconded. I love that program.


Having never used this program, I can already tell it's Win just due to it's name Smiley: cool
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