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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

22 Jun 2014   #40
gregrocker

 

PAR CD is run on the target PC after you've moved an installation which then won't boot due to hardware changes, usually manifested by the Win7 start animation freezing or bluescreening. If it won't start then boot the CD to P2P Adjust as shown in tutorial.


After adjusting if it still won't start then confirm the Partition Marked Active is the System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or C: to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.


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22 Jun 2014   #41
Matthew425

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
PAR CD is run on the target PC after you've moved an installation which then won't boot due to hardware changes, usually manifested by the Win7 start animation freezing or bluescreening. If it won't start then boot the CD to P2P Adjust as shown in tutorial.


After adjusting if it still won't start then confirm the Partition Marked Active is the System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or C: to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Ok thank you, now I understand what I have to do. Thanks for your help, I greatly appreciate it.
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15 Jul 2014   #42
Catz

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
First time use totally succesful!

So I was searching the web which I do often to see if anyone had come up with an effective tool to circumvent the typical OS re-build post new motherboard installation and found this forum.

I read the whole thing and thought why not give Paragon a crack.

I basically made sure all important data was backed up safe and sound with every intention of doing a fresh install should Paragon fail for me.

Well it couldn't have been easier. This new main-board doesn't have any IDE header so I knew my older IDE DVD was redundant and proceeded to create a bootable flash drive with Paragon on it.

It couldn't have been any more than 30 minutes and everything was running sweet as.

I had about 3 chipset type drivers that I was able to get from Gigabyte's support page and that was it.

The OS does need to be reactivated in a couple of days but this would have been necessary with a fresh install anyway.

The only issue that I had was the one where you would get the message "Setup is preparing your computer for first use" which was also mentioned in this thread for which a simple registry edit fixed quick smart.

I am very happy to report a perfectly smooth transition to all new hardware and a beautifully customized OS that would have otherwise taken months to get back to how I like it. If ever but then that's how it goes right? LOL

My OS was running perfectly and how I had customized it. If it were not in perfect running condition I would of course simply performed a fresh install.

Until that need arises I will use Paragon for all future main-board upgrades and I thank each and everyone here who contributed to this thread showing great amounts of patients and supplying all that valuable information.

Cheers!

Update: While there have still been no major issues for me regarding this procedure I have come across a rather annoying hitch and that is with regards to DRM.

I overlooked the fact that the efforts by big business to protect their interests with the use of such restrictions that some of my music and audio book purchases would fail because of how intrenched DRM is into a system.

I was able to through much time and effort to update my DRM registration etc (primarily because every effort made via suggestions on the net failed in my instance) to get a new audio book download to work properly. As for all of my past purchases well I have not tried to re-download and play any of it or to play what I already have. I will keep you posted.

At first glance DRM seems to be designed very favorably for big media and rather disadvantageous to paying customers.
I really would not be happy to feel like I had to pay twice for my songs because some choose to get theirs free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2014   #43
modprob

w7 home 64bit
 
 

P2P "top awards to least painful" put it in your tool box,
one of the most useful posts on this topic, on the whole internet.
THANKS.
In the old days, ive done this with XP 1000 of times, and just force in drivers. and win every time.

one good post, is to just plug it in (new mobo) and boot and see what happens? (set IDE/AHCI per what you have)
don"t want to lose the admin account or users settings. ? like sysprep does..... bad... all that is bad....
just did a M2nSLI (dead AHCI) to M5A99xEVO up grade.
love it, P2P,,
version hints?
i think disk version 12, uses the same P2P version,3 ,same as today's, 14 disk sold for $40
so if you have version 12 disk, boot DVD , then its still new, (hint)
i have Paragon back up and Recovery 12.

it even has custom force drivers on last page. auto /custom, so you can have a folder say with all FX990 drivers
and the driver for the wireless card. in a folder called P2P
nice options.....

1st things....
for sure , i mirror backup my whole C: boot partition to and external drive, or if a desktop . on more spindle , HDD> in a sata cable.

Ps : went hog wild last night and mirrored a boot hdd to a new 256gb , SDD. for my wife . it sings like a bird.

if you get the internet up fast, the updates are fast and if the registration happens it just works.

hint 2, use paragons, search box. for "version history" its really nice , all those facts there......
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04 Aug 2014   #44
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Have any of you done this going from a BIOS/MBR machine to a UEFI/GPT machine? Thats what I need to do.
I am guessing most new hardware is UEFI? Between what kind of BOOT hardware did you do this?
Which OS did you migrate? Win 7 x64 or 32?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Biohazard326 View Post
Oh my god....I love you. I just used this program because I had a desktop that I had been using for 2+ years and I didn't want to lose all my niche settings and programs and what not, but I was told that under NO circumstances would I be able to pull my drive out of my old computer and install it (without losing anything) into my new computer. This program and guide saved my butt in SO many ways. I thank you *SO* much for this guide!!!!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Biohazard326 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Biohazard326 View Post
Oh my god....I love you. I just used this program because I had a desktop that I had been using for 2+ years and I didn't want to lose all my niche settings and programs and what not, but I was told that under NO circumstances would I be able to pull my drive out of my old computer and install it (without losing anything) into my new computer. This program and guide saved my butt in SO many ways. I thank you *SO* much for this guide!!!!
Your new computer most likely has another network card and graphics card. Were these old drivers not listed anymore after running P2P adjust OS and booting? So did it cleanup "device management" stuff?
The new motherboard was ENTIRELY different, I went from a Intel Core 2 Quad to an Intel i7 960. Everything was basically changed. And yes it cleaned up device management from what I noticed. I only had a few drivers that were not installed automatically (which is not shocking since the motherboard had a few non-standard addons to it, bluetooth/wifi both built into the motherboard, a Xonar add on card to name a few). I swear overall this was the least painless computer procedure I have EVER encountered.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ocman76 View Post
You are a hero. I had been trying for a day straight to boot into windows after replacing my motherboard with absolutely no luck. These instructions and program got me in within minutes and it was super easy. You saved my 900 gigabytes of games and programs from being wiped

I made this seven forums account just to thank you, if you want any feedback on how Paragon went for me just let me know.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
PAR CD is run on the target PC after you've moved an installation which then won't boot due to hardware changes, usually manifested by the Win7 start animation freezing or bluescreening. If it won't start then boot the CD to P2P Adjust as shown in tutorial.


After adjusting if it still won't start then confirm the Partition Marked Active is the System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or C: to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Catz View Post
So I was searching the web which I do often to see if anyone had come up with an effective tool to circumvent the typical OS re-build post new motherboard installation and found this forum.

I read the whole thing and thought why not give Paragon a crack.

I basically made sure all important data was backed up safe and sound with every intention of doing a fresh install should Paragon fail for me.

Well it couldn't have been easier. This new main-board doesn't have any IDE header so I knew my older IDE DVD was redundant and proceeded to create a bootable flash drive with Paragon on it.

It couldn't have been any more than 30 minutes and everything was running sweet as.

I had about 3 chipset type drivers that I was able to get from Gigabyte's support page and that was it.

The OS does need to be reactivated in a couple of days but this would have been necessary with a fresh install anyway.

The only issue that I had was the one where you would get the message "Setup is preparing your computer for first use" which was also mentioned in this thread for which a simple registry edit fixed quick smart.

I am very happy to report a perfectly smooth transition to all new hardware and a beautifully customized OS that would have otherwise taken months to get back to how I like it. If ever but then that's how it goes right? LOL

My OS was running perfectly and how I had customized it. If it were not in perfect running condition I would of course simply performed a fresh install.

Until that need arises I will use Paragon for all future main-board upgrades and I thank each and everyone here who contributed to this thread showing great amounts of patients and supplying all that valuable information.

Cheers!

Update: While there have still been no major issues for me regarding this procedure I have come across a rather annoying hitch and that is with regards to DRM.

I overlooked the fact that the efforts by big business to protect their interests with the use of such restrictions that some of my music and audio book purchases would fail because of how intrenched DRM is into a system.

I was able to through much time and effort to update my DRM registration etc (primarily because every effort made via suggestions on the net failed in my instance) to get a new audio book download to work properly. As for all of my past purchases well I have not tried to re-download and play any of it or to play what I already have. I will keep you posted.

At first glance DRM seems to be designed very favorably for big media and rather disadvantageous to paying customers.
I really would not be happy to feel like I had to pay twice for my songs because some choose to get theirs free.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by modprob View Post
P2P "top awards to least painful" put it in your tool box,
one of the most useful posts on this topic, on the whole internet.
THANKS.
In the old days, ive done this with XP 1000 of times, and just force in drivers. and win every time.

one good post, is to just plug it in (new mobo) and boot and see what happens? (set IDE/AHCI per what you have)
don"t want to lose the admin account or users settings. ? like sysprep does..... bad... all that is bad....
just did a M2nSLI (dead AHCI) to M5A99xEVO up grade.
love it, P2P,,
version hints?
i think disk version 12, uses the same P2P version,3 ,same as today's, 14 disk sold for $40
so if you have version 12 disk, boot DVD , then its still new, (hint)
i have Paragon back up and Recovery 12.

it even has custom force drivers on last page. auto /custom, so you can have a folder say with all FX990 drivers
and the driver for the wireless card. in a folder called P2P
nice options.....

1st things....
for sure , i mirror backup my whole C: boot partition to and external drive, or if a desktop . on more spindle , HDD> in a sata cable.

Ps : went hog wild last night and mirrored a boot hdd to a new 256gb , SDD. for my wife . it sings like a bird.

if you get the internet up fast, the updates are fast and if the registration happens it just works.

hint 2, use paragons, search box. for "version history" its really nice , all those facts there......
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Aug 2014   #45
Ocman76

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crashnbuen View Post
Have any of you done this going from a BIOS/MBR machine to a UEFI/GPT machine? Thats what I need to do.
I am guessing most new hardware is UEFI? Between what kind of BOOT hardware did you do this?
Which OS did you migrate? Win 7 x64 or 32?
I went from an old 2010 Foxconn N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix) Motherboard with a crappy Bios to a new **edit** ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 no uefi bios, no problems. My boot HDD is an old Hitachi 1 TB, and transferred over just fine. I migrated with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit.
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04 Aug 2014   #46
modprob

w7 home 64bit
 
 

i just swappped a m2 to m5a Asus , mobo. and just W7-64bit , PNP it. and did...
ms, can run any asus made. let it.

but first decide if GPT is needed, many times not, , set the new mobo to legacy , and secure boot off.
we have no idea what is important to you.
why use 32bit?, let it stop, end it.

better? upgrade to ssd, run AHCI and use a clean install.

i promise you will not be sorry you did, GRIN.
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04 Aug 2014   #47
modprob

w7 home 64bit
 
 

if using win 8 , the os installs to what ever you picked in bios.
MBR legacy or UEFI GPT.
at install time,
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04 Aug 2014   #48
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

I need to go from a MBR + BIOS to GPT + UEFI, because new machine needs UEFI boot for Win 8.1

I am wondering if anyone has moved their existing install from MBR + BIOS to GPT + UEFI
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04 Aug 2014   #49
modprob

w7 home 64bit
 
 

this is totally untrue.
Quote:
because new machine needs UEFI boot for Win 8.1
needs,
wind 8,1 boot from MBR or GPT.

please read thi MS links for that.
read this careful , it IS YOUR Choice

Windows Setup: Installing using the MBR or GPT partition style



the new mobo runs with may OS (linux) and many MS OS.
it will run them all, and is your choice any.
it only says, MS win8 certified, not mandatory!.

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