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Recognize the new mother board?

I have a PC which pre-installed Vista on a partition when I bought, (I do not have Vista disk). The question is if I replace a new motherboard, will Vista recognize the new mother board?

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Before you install the new motherboard make sure you have all of Windows updates installed on the hard drive. Microsoft is working hard to include many new devices all the time. You should have no problem booting into Vista after the motherboard is intalled and your motherboard should come with a driver disk to install any drivers that Vista may miss.

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