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bios default after ocing?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by skipper847, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. skipper847


    Joined: Feb 10, 2011

    Posts: 742

    Hi when you OC and reset bios to default settings is it best to format windows and clean install and try again. Or once you have tested and tested and get the right OC is it best to save OC profile format windows and be for installing windows again load the profile up and then install windows or install windows first then all drivers and updates then load profile?. Or doesnt it matter how you do it?.
  2. Dave Burton


    Joined: May 8, 2018

    Posts: 91

    It's not really anything to do with Windows. I've never ever re-installed when messing with OC settings, just find something that works, save the bios profile and crack on :)
  3. mattyfez


    Joined: Apr 12, 2007

    Posts: 9,036

    Seperate things as above..
    Most modern bios will allow you to save a number of bios profiles in the bios so you can switch between them or simply run at standard bios settings.
  4. P4Clock

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    Joined: Feb 6, 2010

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    you should have windows on your system before you overclock as you will use windows to run test's on the overclock. How ever ones you have a stable OC you should be ok doing what ever you need to, you can do fresh installs and so on without any problems.

    the only time you should removed an overclock is when running programs like memtest84 as and overclock can gave a false fail
  5. DarkHorizon472


    Joined: May 16, 2007

    Posts: 2,581

    The risk you have is that your over clock is unstable and will interfere with the windows install. If it is completely stable Windows will install normally. Normally reseting bios to defaults has no effect in windows unless it turns off specific bios features you use via windows or runs slower than when it is over clocked.


    Joined: Jan 9, 2019

    Posts: 75

    Gone are the days where a system freeze would cause your Windows to not load-up properly (pre-Windows 7 with 2009 release date...so +10 years ago?)

    You don't need to associate a BIOS Overclock/Reset with a Windows Format/Reinstall.

    The BIOS has it's own bit of memory on the Motherboard itself, whilst Windows is installed on a HDD/SSD/M.2 Drive.

    So when you reset the BIOS to default settings, it effectively removes all previoulsy saved parameters found on that little bit of memory on the motherboard, and loads default settings (again..stored on the motherboard itself..not on your harddrive or with Windows' installation).

    Although saying that, if you have an unstable overclock, and happen to get an unstable Windows as a result, with a few BSODs, you may end up with a Windows that did not shut down properly and yes, in the background, things can get a little messy...

    But rest assured 100%, that Windows nowadays is equipped with so many tools to reorganise itself from system freezes/BSODs that are the result of an overclock..so I wouldn't worry one bit about the OS, when dealing with an overclock, at all!

    What to do?
    Just overclock through the BIOS and run your benchmarks/stress-tests, if it's stable, save those OC Profiles on to USB...if you happen to have a system lock-up from a bad overclock, just change tweak the Overclock settings or revert back to your default BIOS settings in a worst case scenario.

    Once you're happy with the OC, just use the Windows you have already installed, as any Windows reinstall, before/after/during overclocking won't make a difference to your system stability.