No, you don't have to reinstall windows. You should be able to start the PC in safe mode and deal with the processor driver accordingly (update, reinstall etc...). Also, there's no real way of knowing whether or not it's better until you fire it up because of possible incompatibilities with anything else in your system.
Maybe...maybe not. An oem install of windows (which i think this is...dell?) may only boot with oem core hardware. Of course this is Vista and that freaks me out from the get go. You should at least have a recovery disc ready. Or run sysprep. Or just run lol.
Be sure to update you BIOS on your motherboard before installing new CPU. Don't worry about operating systems, no problem. However if you have an old BIOS your computer may say WHAT when it sees the new CPU. Go online and find the latest BIOS for your motherboard and update your BIOS first.
I've been trying to find updates for my mobo but i cant seem to find, I also went to HP [ my pc ] website and looked at my mobo specs, and the cpu i bought is on the compatibility list., so i dont know if that helps any???
hi reload, you dont have to reinstall windows for a cpu upgrade. you would only need to do that if upgrading the mobo. the only thing you might have to upgrade is the bios so it recognizes the cpu. if it already does, you're good to go.
if the cpu is on the list you're probably ok. the mobos in manufacture's pc's (ie. dell, hp) are different then the mobos you buy separately. the manufactures tweek them for their own needs. give it a try if you already have the cpu. thats the only way to tell
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