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Windows 7: Changing motherboard without reinstalling Wndows 7 Pro


02 Oct 2013   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You will have to install a LAN driver for Windows Update to start, otherwise there'll be no net connection.
Would that be covered in Paragon or would I have to install those via flash drive/DVD after Paragon is done and I am booted into Windows?

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02 Oct 2013   #12
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You'll have to boot to Windows 7 and use your motherboard's driver disk for the LAN driver. You can also visit the board's support site and download it to put on a media of your choice.
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02 Oct 2013   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You'll have to boot to Windows 7 and use your motherboard's driver disk for the LAN driver. You can also visit the board's support site and download it to put on a media of your choice.
Thanks. Already got them downloaded to a USB drive. MSI should supply me with a disk as well.
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03 Oct 2013   #14

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What is unclear about what I wrote here?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
PAR disk does it all. It may prompt for SATA drivers but most likely not. WHen you start up Windows 7 it will change out drivers in a cascade you can monitor by clicking on the driver loading animation in System Tray. Do the requested reboot when it finishes.

Make sure Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) is enabled and run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates to completion. This should provide any newer drivers and relevant patches for the hardware. None should be skipped - only Bing and Essentials can be hidden.

I would not import any drivers not still missing in Device Manager after doing all of that, unless issues arise pointing to a driver. Windows 7 is the authority on its drivers, not an outdated driver disk.

Sometimes it's necessary to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
after confirming the Active partition is System Reserved or C, to repair boot issues.
In addition put your Network adapter in your backup so you can install it to get online and do the Updates.
Still a bit confused on the bold part. If Paragon can't find my HDD due to a missing SATA driver I am out of luck?
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03 Oct 2013   #15
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Did you read the first paragraph? It dealt with this possibility specifically.

Who said anything about PAR not being able to find a HD? I've never seen it happen yet.

If it prompts for SATA driver then provide it, but that is so rare I can't remember it.

The paragraph you bolded later explains what to do if any Updates are still missing after running all rounds of Updates. Do this exactly like I wrote. I understand old XP habits are hard to break but this is a new generation OS which provides its own drivers.
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04 Oct 2013   #16

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If it prompts for SATA driver then provide it, but that is so rare I can't remember it.
Providing the SATA driver was the part that confused me, but luckily, that seems rare. Got my RAM today so I will look into doing it today/tomorrow.

For step 5 I'll allow it to adjust to the new drivers automatically. This is the step that should remove all of my previous motherboard drivers right?

At step 7 I'll select "Ignore missing drivers" and boot in to Windows and let Win 7 sort them out.
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05 Oct 2013   #17

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Going to bump this as I need some help. First of all, I am in Windows 7 after my hardware swap and my hardware seems to be working fine. Paragon did its thing rather quickly (about 2 minutes total).

Everything else seems to be working fine at the moment (Windows 7 downloaded a lot of drivers, all successfully installed but one PCI card) except for one issue.

Every time I start Windows up, there is a slight pause after the Windows logo/animation and each time I get the following message:
Quote:
Setup is preparing your computer for first use
Windows then loads fine. How would I go about resolving this issue?
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05 Oct 2013   #19

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I did the registry edit. The good news is that it seems to work going by the now shorter time it takes to load. Though another odd issue occurs. After the Windows logo/animation appears, my monitor starts switching to analog mode before finally finding HDMI again. When it finishes I am on the desktop.

Never had this issue pre-registry fix. I did export a copy of my unmodified drivers just in case.
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05 Oct 2013   #20
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Make sure you have the latest driver for your monitor from WIndows Update, along with all other Important and Optional Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

Check your monitor settings.
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