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Windows 7: Moving Win 7 from P4 to Pentium D

25 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Moving Win 7 from P4 to Pentium D

Hello. I'm sure this has been answered, but my google skills are shabby and I'm not entirely positive what I am looking for.

About a year ago, our Pentium D died and I was able to retain a few pieces from the machine, enough actually to rebuild it shortly.

My main question is this: I already tried moving Win 7 Home Premium 32bit from the Pentium D to the Pentium 4 and the hard drive crashed and with some heavy research, I discovered that this was not possible without a nuke and restart.

Please tell me there is some way to go from the P4 to the Pentium D when i rebuild it in a few weeks...? I've been reading that it may be possible if I uninstall all the drivers in safe mode and then move the hard drive to the Pentium D. I've also read that this is not possible with OEM versions, I just double-checked and our copy is retail upgrade from XP.

Please help, getting desperate for GOOD advice.

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25 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

Why don`t you just put the PD in the motherboard you already have ? Will it support it ?
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25 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I even had to research the answer to that... Unfortunately it's a socket 478 motherboard. PD is 775. Very frustrating to have to replace computer parts as often as I do for the company I work.

Also had to reread another post on here. The whole story is that it's a OLD P4 motherboard which does not support Socket 775, therefore I have to replace the whole motherboard. I have the rest of the parts already, just need the motherboard to put them in.
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25 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

buy a motherboard that supports it ( hopefully will support RAM too) and plu all your pcie and hdds in and you ram and ur good to go i think
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26 Aug 2012   #5


windows has a feature called sysprep, you can either google it or just look in the tutorial section here Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

it's a great tool once you get used to it.
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