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  1. I'm upgrading my motherboard and processor. After I have them installed, how would I be...


    I've never installed or linked Windows before. I have my digital licence key on hand. Once I put my new CPU and mobo in, and my PC posts, will I be asked for the product key, and then I just enter it in? Or is there a more of a process? (I will be using my same drive with Windows installed on it)

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    /u/cal_fmcg, Jan 3, 2021
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  2. bobkn Win User

    Processor upgrade

    Looking at the CPU compatibility list for the board, it requires F40 or later to support the 3600. B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) | Motherboard - GIGABYTE U.S.A. The latest version is F50.

    What's your BIOS version?

    If it's a suitable rev, I suggest clearing the CMOS afetr swapping processors.

    Best of luck.
     
    bobkn, Jan 3, 2021
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  3. djbillyd Win User
    Processor upgrade

    I updated it this evening. Version :B20.0406.1 is what gigabyte gives.
     
    djbillyd, Jan 3, 2021
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  4. TV2
    TV2 Win User

    I'm upgrading my motherboard and processor. After I have them installed, how would I be...

    Processor upgrade

    The process is just as bobkn described.

    To avoid problems with the flash, do the following:
    • Download the 3 files you need, and save them to an easy to find location - Desktop, etc. You will need BIOS version F32, BIOS version F50, and the EC FW update utility.
    • You will need a blank USB thumb drive (nothing on it). The thumb drive needs to be formatted FAT32 (the standard for most thumb drives), not NTFS.
    • Step one is to flash to BIOS F32, so copy the F32 BIOS file to the thumb drive. Only the file, not the entire folder if it comes zipped up.
    • Perform the Flash as directed in the instructions.
    • When the flash is done, don't forget to do the last step: "Load Optimized Defaults" .
    • Then Install the EC FW update utility. Always best to restart the PC after the installation.
    • Then delete the F32 BIOS from the flash drive and copy over the F50 Bios to it.
    • Then install the F50 BIOS.

    And then you are ready to upgrade the processor.

    Note: always a good idea, after installing the processor and entering BIOS to check it out, to Load Optimized Defaults again, then Save & Exit.
    Make any BIOS customizations after you have tested the system and Windows and all is good.
     
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