How to Change a Motherboard and Keep Windows Untouched

I have been wanting to upgrade my Motherboard, CPU and ram for a while now but I had been dreading re installing Windows and all of my applications. After searching around, I came across a built in system preparation method which seemed interesting. It prepares Windows in a way so that the next time it boots, it re installs any new hardware just like when Windows first installs. This allows for Windows to accommodate itself nicely on the new hardware. Sysprep

All you have to do is:

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator
  • Run: “%windir%\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe”
  • Set the action to OOBE, Generalize, and Shutdown
  • Wait for Shutdown
  • Install New Hardware
  • Boot up and install specific drivers

Quick Solution to Mic Static and Noise While Recording

The main issue with recording on a PC or Laptop is the great amount of static and noise in the background, even if a decent microphone is being used. The fix is a quick and easy one and can cost less than $20. Basically, all you need is any USB sound card of decent quality. Try to stick to known brands such as Creative and stay away from the $5 ones on eBay. Also, a decent mic would help but that will only increase the quality of the recording and not so much the decrease background annoyances not due to actual background noise present in the room. It turns out that my motherboard makes a lot of static and noise when using the internal mic inputs and just by using a USB sound card, a huge difference was instantly noticeable. It seems that by isolating the A/D converter from the rest of the components, I was able to now record clean, static free sound. Check out the video below for some details about the sound card I used.

Creative Sound Blaster Xifi Go! Pro
Creative Sound Blaster Xifi Go! Pro

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