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Old 02-20-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default Change motherboards and Windows won't boot

OK, so I had Windows installed on a dinosaur, get a new mobo, ram, and cpu, and put my old hard drive in the PC with the new motherboard...and when Windows starts to boot up it BSODs and reboots. Ubuntu Linux loads up fine though...****** Microsoft.

So of course I don't want to reinstall Windows...so what can I do?
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Change motherboards and Windows won't boot

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=1755&page=5
Have a read of that, google upgrading a motherboard witout reinstalling windows, plenty of tips there.
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Default Re: Change motherboards and Windows won't boot

If you have Windows XP, you can do a repair install. That will leave all your files and applications intact. You will only need to reinstall your drivers and updates.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
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OK I am in idiot...or something is up. My install CD doesn't have the option to repair.
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Is it an actual Windows XP installation CD or one from a manufacturer like Dell or HP?
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It's the original CD. Can I do this thru the repair console? (like the command line thing thru the install cd)
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Nope, it can't be run through a command line.

Here's something that may help from the same site: If the Repair Option is not Available
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:50 PM   #8
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OK I am getting angry. So I follow this guide.

http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...readid=1688660

I take my whole motherboard out and put the old one in, jump thru some hoops of fire and finally boot up. Windows still works (on my old motherboard) do that sysrep shit, and then my system shuts down.

OK, now I go thru the god forsaken process of removing my old motherboard and putting in the new one. I boot up...

BSOD, reboots.

I am getting so freaking angry right now...
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This guide is better: Swapping your board without so much as a reinstall. It works to, I've used this method a couple of times.
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To repair an install pop the OS CD in and boot from it.

Go through the options as if you were installing a fresh OS.

When you accept the terms and conditions it'll check for a previous install.

Highlight the the current OS install and press 'R'. The option should be there.

It'll delete all the OS files and replace them.

The most important thing is that it will configure the install to your new motherboard and keep all your files too.
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