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Windows 7: Reactivation after hardware changes

25 Mar 2010   #11


Just as an FYI after the fact.

I had a motherboard change this week on a lappy and had to go through phone activation. Worked like a charm with no issues for anyone reading.

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25 Mar 2010   #12


John, sorry the swapped HD didn't start up. Sounds like you attempted Startup Repair from the booted DVD to repair the boot as well. Did it discover an installation to repair, and offer you a repair?

Sometimes it requires rebooting several times into DVD to run Startup Repair which will attempt to repair and then rewrite the MBR to boot sector.

Even though it is now automated in Win7 Startup Repair, several times we have gotten DVD repair to recognize an OS to repair by opening DVD command line to type:

bootrec.exe /fixboot

I realize you already have passed this stage, but others may benefit from this help. Rest assured you got the best installation anyway, as a clean install can never be beat.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
Just as an FYI after the fact.

I had a motherboard change this week on a lappy and had to go through phone activation. Worked like a charm with no issues for anyone reading.
Just curious: Was this a factory OEM or Builder's OEM license, or regular retail/upgrade?

If OEM, then they made an exception to EULA if it wasn't exact mobo model replaced. There are increasing reports of this exception being given.
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08 Apr 2010   #13
John Allen

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Thanks Gregrocker, sorry for the delay in responding. Yes it did find the installation but for some strange reason would not recognise the disc as the C Drive but as E Drive. Then when you tried to run the repair it said it could not do it as the drive did not exist though it still showed on screen that it had located the installation. We tried a number of things - or rather he did, I got lost in minutes - but nothing worked. As I said, I gave up and reinstalled in the end and now I've got a pretty good system. Far faster than I had before.
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