How to change motherboard on Windows 7 system

I upgraded to Win 7 Professional (form Vista) and am very happy with it. Lately however my motherboard is failing and I need to replace it. I have 2 related questions:
1. Is there a good way to "upgrade" Win7 to use the new MB without having to do a clean install (and have to re-install all my programs)?
2. If I have to do a clean install, since I have the Upgrade version of Win7, do I have to start by re-installing Vista and then do the upgrade to Win7?

Thanks for your help,

Windows 7, like Vista, should just sort itself out.  Once you restart, it will take a while getting drivers and such, but in general, it 's a lot easier than it used to be.  It will probably need to be reactivated.

Just have the motherboard CD handy in case it needs drivers it can't find online.

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Last updated January 2, 2019 Views 16,711 Applies to: