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Windows 7: Hardware upgrade now Win7 Ultimate won't boot


01 Aug 2012   #1

Win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
Hardware upgrade now Win7 Ultimate won't boot

I have upgraded a machine from an Intel motherboard to an ASUS P8H61-M LX. New CPU and RAM. Before installing the new hardware I changed all drivers to standard drivers, did a system image to an external HDD. After installing the new hardware Windows hangs with 4 little colored dots on the screen (start of win banner?). A safe mode boot stops at classpnp.sys. The same thing happens if I try to boot from the WIN CD. I went back to the old hardware setup and tried to do a sysprep, but that failed with fatal error, but no more info. The HDD is set to IDE, using a PS2 mouse and keyboard. I cannot do a clean install as there is some very old software on the machine. Anything else I can try?


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01 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Did you read and go by this tutorial. It may help with running sysprep. Particularly read the very last part of the tutorial, I think it may be why you got the fatal error message. I have used this tutorial a couple of times and it works like a charm, as long as you follow it exactly.
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