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Windows 7: Replacing MB, reinstalling Win 7 OEM version W/O losing settings??

14 Sep 2013   #1
MadDad

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Replacing MB, reinstalling Win 7 OEM version W/O losing settings??

For the first ever I have had an Asus MB die on me. I built it and used an OEM version of Win7 Home Premium. Once I get the new, different brand, MB, memory, & video card, installed is this bugger going to start up??? If not can I somehow reinstall Windows on top of itself with losing programs and settings?? I know the drivers etc. will be wrong, but will it be able to fix itself?

Or if it will not boot, can I somehow do an upgrade install of Win 8? I have read that you have to start the Win 8 from within Win 7.
Help!!! Getting to old for this!!


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14 Sep 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

Try to boot the HD to see if Win7 will start. It's likely it won't on different hardware.

Since it's too late to SysPrep to move HD to another computer the other option is to boot Paragon Adaptive Restore CD freeware to adjust the OS to the new hardware. It may rarely ask for the SATA controller driver so be prepared to inject it.

If it won't start after successful adjustment, you may need to boot the Win7 installer or Repair CD to run Startup Repair several times.

Once it starts it will change out almost all of the drivers putting on quite a show you should monitor by clicking the animated driver-loading link from the SystemTray, to watch for several requested reboots.

You may need to install your network adapter to get online, then enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) and run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates to get newer drivers. After all are completed, check Device Manager for any missing drivers to import from the Device's Support Downloads webpage.
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14 Sep 2013   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

To get it to boot, instructions on using Greg's link Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

To activate you will probably need to ring MS and explain your mobo died. They are known to be fine about that.
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14 Sep 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

Nice link, Si. Glad I won't need to publish my Skydrive share now.
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19 Sep 2013   #5
MadDad

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
It worked

I can't believe how slick and quick the Paragon program was. One thing I did have to do was plug the keyboard and an old corded mouse into a USB2 port. After that the program did it's thing in less than 30 seconds. Didn't really time it but it was over about that quick. Now installing all the updated drivers for the MB is taking a long time. But, everything seems to be working just fine. Had to uninstall a few Asus programs that were giving an error message at each reboot, but finally figured out it was the Aisuite.

Thanks to all who helped out, you made a painful day quite painless.
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19 Sep 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

Win7 is driver complete in the installer and quickly updated when you run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) .

I would not use a drivers disk which is outdated once it's pressed, nor import any other drivers unless they are missing in Device Manager after all rounds of Updates are completed.
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20 Sep 2013   #7
MadDad

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I am up and running pretty well. I do keep getting a message on boot up that says something like "preparing the computer for first start up" or something like that, then it boot up like it should. I also haven't been asked to re-register Win7??? MS office had me re-register first time I used it though.
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20 Sep 2013   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
"preparing the computer for first start up"

Merge this reg file p2p-fix.zip to fix that.


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20 Sep 2013   #10
MadDad

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Will try the above start up fix.
Ran into another annoyance. About every 30 sec I get a two note tone. Can't figure out what's causing it?? Looked in task manager and nothing is running. Looked in the volume controll areas and see nothing. Only way right now to stop it is to turn down the speaker volume to 0. The new MB is a gigabyte z87x udf5h with all the related programs installed.
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