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Windows 7: Recover W7 without system image/restore?

21 Jul 2010   #1
ticmain

Windows 7
 
 
Recover W7 without system image/restore?

I'll keep it short.
I have a hard disk with four partitions and Windows 7 installed on two of them.
My motherboard was damaged because of power fluctuations.
During the process of finding a new motherboard, I learned that both the Windows ran on some, while they showed the BSOD on others.
Finally, I got a new affordable and compatible motherboard, but both the Windows wouldn't start up and keep showing me the BSOD.
I borrowed a friend's hard disk, installed Windows 7 on it and accessed my hard drive.
I can see its contents and browse, copy, paste and delete data, but I can't recover my Windows, so it would work again.
So I emptied one of the non-Windows partitions on my hard disk and installed Windows 7 on it.
It's working fine, but I want to be able to recover both of my previous Windows.
Did I mention I don't have a system image of either Windows or system restore points on both of them?


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21 Jul 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ticmain View Post
I'll keep it short.
I have a hard disk with four partitions and Windows 7 installed on two of them.
My motherboard was damaged because of power fluctuations.
During the process of finding a new motherboard, I learned that both the Windows ran on some, while they showed the BSOD on others.
Finally, I got a new affordable and compatible motherboard, but both the Windows wouldn't start up and keep showing me the BSOD.
I borrowed a friend's hard disk, installed Windows 7 on it and accessed my hard drive.
I can see its contents and browse, copy, paste and delete data, but I can't recover my Windows, so it would work again.
So I emptied one of the non-Windows partitions on my hard disk and installed Windows 7 on it.
It's working fine, but I want to be able to recover both of my previous Windows.
Did I mention I don't have a system image of either Windows or system restore points on both of them?
Is it data or the whole win 7 install you want? You can use the easy transfer wizard to import data and MOST of your settings to the new install. You cant get the old install to work. It has different drivers, and many other things which is why it BSOD's.


We need a bit more info

Ken
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21 Jul 2010   #3
ticmain

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for responding.
I was hoping both my previous Windows 7 installations would work again.
What kind of information should I list?
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21 Jul 2010   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You should be able to get it to work with a special app. made for the purpose, like Paragon Adaptive restore.

It only takes a few seconds .
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21 Jul 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What has worked for me when Win7 won't start on new hardware is to copy the boot-critical mobo chipset and video card drivers into the stranded OS's system32/drivers folder to see if it will then boot.

Next boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, press Shift F10 to open Command Line to mark Win7 partition Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Then close Command Line, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to repair or write the MBR to Win7: Startup Repair
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