New motherboard

If I replace my motherboard, will I have to reformat my HD? or can I just "install" the software for the new board?
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
it depends on how radical the change is.
Theoretically you don't really need to reinstall windows but sometimes it's recomended.
For example is you have a P3@733MHz on an Asus motherboard with an i810 chipset and change to an Abit mobo with i810 the change is minor and the system will "survive" a driver reinstall
But if you change it with an AMD CPU with 2200+ on an adequate mobo then it's recomended to reinstall windows, but as already said, you can take a chance and reinstall mobo drivers.
What change are we talking about?

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Glen A.IT Project ManagerCommented:
It's generally advisable with a motherboard upgrade to reinstall your operating system, as kronostm stated.

If you have Windows XP...then you will have to reinstall...but, to make sure I would do it anyway.
We really need more details. What you currently have, what you are planning to go to, what your OS is, etc.
Based on the generalities you have given, I would say a definite Maybe. 8-)
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