it is possible to do an inplace upgrade which basically refreshes vista on the hard drive, similar to repair in XP.
replacing the mobo, this would be necessary as a minimum step.
"Derek G" <DerekG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:3E038EB4-5A1C-40D0-80F9-172D933CED81@microsoft.com...
I am considering upgrading my motherboard to one that has a higher
specification than PCI 2.2 to get over a problem with the new 802.11n
Wireless NICs. Can I avoid reinstalling all the system and applications by
keeping the existing system partition? Re-activating Windows should be
legally possible (even by telephone) because my Vista version is a full
retail one. I don't expect it to be that simple, but maybe someone has some
advice about using the Vista Recovery Environment to re-build the HAL, or
erasing certain registry keys in Safe Mode to force Vista to reinstall the
correct system devices. At present, I can not get past booting under Safe
Mode, so there has to be more to the process - if one is achievable. Thanks
for any advice.