Quote: Originally Posted by stevehdp
So only option is clean install? I really appreciate the help.
It's worth trying to use your old HDD on the new motherboard. What do you have to loose ?
While I recognise that the sysprep method would be the most desirable, I didn't use it. I didn't know
about it until I came here looking for a fix for my Intel integrated graphics issue. This was my only
real problem after moving from a totally different system, and I was able to fix this probelm.
I did image my old Windows 7 from my old machine to a new SSD using Acronis True Image WD version, but this is basically the same as using the old HDD on the new machine anyway.
After installing the new SSD into the new machine I went through Programs and Features and uninstalled
all my machines drivers. After rebooting I ran Driver Sweeper (now known as Driver Fusion) and finished
the driver clean-up. I also went through the Registry and deleted all files I was certain related to the components on the old machine (if there were any left after running Driver Sweeper, I don't honestly recall ).
Once I had the drivers sorted out I activated using the genuine Windows 7 key that came with my new OEM
The only other issues I had were re-activating several games re-setting a lot of newer game configurations as they recognised the new hardware. This was mostly just re-setting to higher res.
I would have never even attempted this on XP, but with well over 100 games installed and a fair bit of software I had to give it a go.
btw - most of my software, and all games are on a platter type HDD.
One caveat - Thinking back I may have had a HDD with an illegitimate Windows 7 Ultimate (which the punk kid I bought it from was running) still in the machine, but I don't see how this would affect my ability to boot into my old Windows 7 Home Premium install on a separate SSD.