1. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    I'm looking at upgrading my desktop's motherboard and cpu in the near future. I want to do this without reinstalling Win10 due to games/applications/settings. Is there a good guide on how this is possibly achieved? I know there will be issues with drivers and such. Looking for experience from those who've done this.

    Thanks in advance!
    02-23-2017 04:59 PM
  2. TechFreak1's Avatar
    You can try using sysprep to generalise the install, then plug the hard drive into the new motherboard.

    I have not tried this windows 10 so ymmv.

    Just copy and paste this into command prompt running in admin priveleges = sysprep\sysprep.exe

    The full directory is C:\WINDOWS\system32>sysprep\sysprep.exe.

    This will launch this dialogue box:


    Click generalize and Shut down click okay, let the programme run and shut down, follow the on-screen prompts as necessary after you have plugged in the hdd/ssd containing your windows 10 install onto your new motherboard.

    Given that Ryzen is due to launch soon, I will try to put up a guide using my dying laptop running Windows 10 as a test guinea pig.
    02-23-2017 05:41 PM
  3. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    Whoa! Cool beans! I shall investigate this further and possibly try it out. Thanks!
    I am not a fan of AMD cpu's but I will be scrutinizing Ryzen when released and see if it's worth the switch. At best Intel will likely drop their chip prices at that time too.
    TechFreak1 likes this.
    02-23-2017 06:24 PM
  4. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Moved to appropriate area...

    Windows 10 How-To Guides is for write ups of prepackaged solutions... Not for leading questions on issues not yet resolved.
    TechFreak1 and Guytronic like this.
    02-23-2017 06:25 PM

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