Hi - First time upgrading my son's computer and got a new motherboard and CPU (will be upgrading RAM too while at it) and not sure how to make sure I dont mess it up.
How do I do this so he doesnt lose data at all (lots of games and some other things), optimizes any drivers etc needed for the new CPU/processor, and of course, make sure it actually boots up!
First, I'd make a backup just in case. You can check out a software like Macrium Reflect that'll allow you to make image backups and restore the image to dissimilar hardware.
With those components, it most likely won't be an issue. Windows 10 is pretty smart about dealing with new hardware. It will attempt to install those new devices on startup, it doesn't just boot or die like Windows 7 and earlier version of Windows. There are some things that will cause a BSOD on startup. Main one is the storage mode. If your old board was RAID and this one is AHCI as an example you'll BSOD. Just go through the recovery mode prompts and boot into safe mode. Once it loads a driver it should boot fine.
Once you're in the OS, I'd go in and uninstall the AMD software you're not using anymore. Then download the latest drivers for your new board from the ASUS website.
Awesome. Thanks for the information and response. Greatly appreciated
just installed and started up with no issues. Took a bit for drivers to load etc, but no problems at all. Thanks again
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