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windows-7 ubuntu cpu upgrade multi-boot
Updated Wed, 17 Aug 2022 04:34:10 GMT

Changing processor and motherboard but keeping same Operating System setup,etc

I want to upgrade my Processor and Motherboard but I want to keep the OS setup(dual boot for Ubuntu and Windows7) intact.

Is it possible? What are the problems faced, if any?


Ubuntu will be just fine. The kernel will auto detect and handle everything. Windows on the other hand needs some help to deal with major changes.

With administrative privileges you should use sysprep.

c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep /oobe /generalize 

Put the above in a batch file right click on it and run as Administrator. Do this just before you shut your existing system down for the last time before the actual upgrade.

After the upgrade,on first boot, windows will re-detect all of your hardware.

Comments (4)

  • +0 – Is that really necessary for Windows? I'm a Linux guy but I know I've changed processors without any special steps and Windows will correctly recognize them (at least XP and 7). — Sep 08, 2013 at 15:20  
  • +0 – That's why I love Ubuntu :) — Sep 08, 2013 at 15:20  
  • +1 – @terdon changing your processor is fine, but this person is also changing there motherboard. — Sep 08, 2013 at 15:36  
  • +0 – Windows doesn't need anything done before changing just the CPU. — Sep 08, 2013 at 16:15