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Windows 7: Win 7 will not start or reinstall after motherboard change

11 Sep 2011   #1
lesthegringo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Win 7 will not start or reinstall after motherboard change

Guys, need some help here.

My motherboard died on me, and so I had to change it together with the processor and RAM as there were no socket 775 motherboards available locally. However, Win 7 blue screens every time on start up, but very briefly, so I can't see the error message.

Win 7 repair then kicks in, but finds nothing wrong, so it goes round and round like that ad infinitum.

All the repair methods I have found require that you work within windows, which is patently stupid if you want to repair because you can't get windows to work - it's a bit like trying to open a box with a tool that's inside it!

I tried a new install, which has backed up my old Windows as Windows.old, and it goes though all the paces, but then refuses to accept the activation code.

I am now stuck with a non functioning PC, and am scared to add anything in the future in case of this type of thing.

What can I do to recover the old Windows installation?

Les


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11 Sep 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Les, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is activation your only issue at this point?

It's not activating since you changed the motherboard, CPU, and RAM. It thinks you have installed it on a new computer with it still installed and activated on the old computer (motherboard etc...).

If you have a retail copy of Windows 7, then you should be able to do a phone activation, wait for the operator (if need be), and let them know that you changed out the motherboard, CPU, and RAM.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Sep 2011   #3
lesthegringo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, it is the retail version, the 3 upgrades Home Premium edition. Will I lose one of the activations, as I'd only used two of the three.

The other thing is that there is the previous Win7 installation on the HD, which will have all the data and so forth, will I be able to merge them back again? I also stipped the computer out, wondering if there was a problem with the GPU and so forth - will I have to do this every time I install a new component?
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11 Sep 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Les,

No, you will not lose one of the activations if you use the same number and do a phone activation.

The Windows.old folder should contain all of your files from the old installation that you could just copy back. However, you will need to reinstall all drivers and programs again.

No, you will not have to activate like this again everytime you change a minor component. This only happens when you change major items like your motherboard that would have it think that it may be a different computer.
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11 Sep 2011   #5
lesthegringo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, I'll give it a go, wish me luck!
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11 Sep 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Good luck. I hope it goes smoothly.
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11 Sep 2011   #7
lesthegringo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

No, now I am getting a BootMGR message, and when I put the windows disc in it the goes to some MAC Addr Boot agent trying to establish a link

Client MAC ADDR - ( a load of numbers) no boot filename received error. When I try to reinstall win 7 using the disc it tells me I can't, I have to remove the disc and restart

Now it's giving me a 'media test failure, check cable' - changed the cable to no avail

I've checked and the HD is now burnt out. I have lost all my data from the previous install due to all the mucking around - what do I do now?
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11 Sep 2011   #8
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 
A Limit of 3 Activations

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Les,

No, you will not lose one of the activations if you use the same number and do a phone activation.

The Windows.old folder should contain all of your files from the old installation that you could just copy back. However, you will need to reinstall all drivers and programs again.

No, you will not have to activate like this again everytime you change a minor component. This only happens when you change major items like your motherboard that would have it think that it may be a different computer.
Where do I read about there being only three activations? Is this something I would have caught if I had I read the EULA carefully.
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11 Sep 2011   #9
lesthegringo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's a special windows upgrade package that lets you install on three PC's at home, trouble is I've done two of them and one of those PC's has had the motherboard die, and the HD with windows on it followed suit. I don't want one of my installations to be used up repairing my failed PC
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11 Sep 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dustywoodworker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Les,

No, you will not lose one of the activations if you use the same number and do a phone activation.

The Windows.old folder should contain all of your files from the old installation that you could just copy back. However, you will need to reinstall all drivers and programs again.

No, you will not have to activate like this again everytime you change a minor component. This only happens when you change major items like your motherboard that would have it think that it may be a different computer.
Where do I read about there being only three activations? Is this something I would have caught if I had I read the EULA carefully.
Microsoft came out with a Family Pack version of Windows 7 that came with a volume product key number that would allow you to activate on up to 3 separate computers at once.
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