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Windows 7: Boot from a different drive on a new computer

29 Aug 2013   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You need to install the drive AND THEN install windows, you don`t install it on another machine and then move it.


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29 Aug 2013   #12
erewhon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

That was the good news. This is what happened next: Windows 8 is asking for 32 GB for the recovery USB.

AddRAM just suggested connecting the new drive and then re-installing Windows 7 on it. Anyone want to second that?

That would be easy as it's a bare bones installation and I have all the app discs.
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29 Aug 2013   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you wait a few mins, I can upload the fixed hive. Just replace your current one with it. It should boot up fine.
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29 Aug 2013   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Here you go. system-fixed.zip

You will need to do what Theo suggested. It is actually Step 3 in this tut http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html (which explains how to switch to efi ) You need to use legacy mode.

I assume you have the boot files and an active partition on the ssd?


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29 Aug 2013   #15
erewhon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I screwed up - I sent the Windows 8 system file by mistake. I can't go on like this - what happens when the present hard drive fails, what do I do then? I've been unable to disconnect the drive end of the cable to the motherboard. The blu-ray player doesn't work. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I'll sleep on it, but the way feel I now the computer's going back to Staples. Thanks for all you help.
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29 Aug 2013   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Doesn't sound good. Take it back if you can.
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30 Aug 2013   #17
erewhon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
case closed hopefully

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Doesn't sound good. Take it back if you can.
Just to follow up on things . . . I was able to get the blu-ray player going (I'd unplugged it myself to make room for the Windows 7 SSD).

I decided to keep the computer and keep my fingers crossed. I live in the boonies in Canada and to return it would take too long. After all I'd read about Windows 8 I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite compliant.

A third party start menu called Start Menu X gets rid of the tiles in short order.

Thanks for modifying the system file. I was lucky to be able to zip it by right clicking. But not so lucky in picking the right version!
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