Windows 8 Thread, 8.1 supports complete hardware changes. in Technical; Something good about widows 8.1.
Just changed everything apart from HDD, missed the boot from cd bit but found 8.1 ...
11th November 2013, 11:51 PM #1
8.1 supports complete hardware changes.
Something good about widows 8.1.
Just changed everything apart from HDD, missed the boot from cd bit but found 8.1 just installs the new drivers and just runs.
Handy as I didn't feel like reinstalling.
12th November 2013, 05:58 AM #2
Needs reactivating I'm guessing?
12th November 2013, 07:40 AM #3
Didn't 7 do that? I have swapped about hard drives in the past and known it to boot into 7.
Originally Posted by dany2010
12th November 2013, 08:20 AM #4
Even XP did, if you were lucky - generally Intel-->Intel and AMD-->AMD worked.
12th November 2013, 08:21 AM #5
I'd never recommend it in XP but 7 onwards generally handled hardware changes well. Including complete chipset changes!
12th November 2013, 09:04 AM #6
didn't know that. Just remember trying in xp and it just saying no.
12th November 2013, 03:50 PM #7
It would work in XP as long as the controller the boot drive sits on uses the same driver as the one on the old board (same south bridge chip). I remember being able to uninstall the controller in device manager prior to pulling the drive and it would play and play the new controller properly.
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