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Windows 7: Unable to run win7 on new motherboard

25 Feb 2011   #1
Robert S

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 
Unable to run win7 on new motherboard

I've had to replace my motherboard. When I start win7 it continuously reboots after the "starting windows 7" screen. I have tried the troubleshooting startup but it didn't detect any problems. I have also booted from the original win7 disk and run the repair utility but it didn't find any problems. I ran "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr" from the command prompt but this has not fixed the problem.

I've got Win7 Home edition OEM. Maybe this doesn't allow running off new hardware??

Has anyone got any suggestions?



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25 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Sounds like a major driver issue.
Have you tried just f8 booting to safe mode?
...it's possible it won't support new hardware, that would be an activation issue though. Sounds like you aren't even getting in.
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25 Feb 2011   #3
IownAmoneyPit

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert S View Post
I've had to replace my motherboard. When I start win7 it continuously reboots after the "starting windows 7" screen. I have tried the troubleshooting startup but it didn't detect any problems. I have also booted from the original win7 disk and run the repair utility but it didn't find any problems. I ran "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr" from the command prompt but this has not fixed the problem.

I've got Win7 Home edition OEM. Maybe this doesn't allow running off new hardware??

Has anyone got any suggestions?
Your have a OEM copy of windows is tied to the original motherboard it was installed on unless replaced with the exact same make/model motherboard supplied by the OEM manufacturer and the replacement of the original motherboard may also have to be done by the manufacturer to reactivate OEM copy. A new/different motherboard will require a new retail copy of windows home premium of which has a different EULA and can be reinstalled on a different computer or reinstalled on the same computer repeatedly but only one computer at a time.

A retail copy also allows multiple hardware changes including Mobo but in some cases phone activation by Microsoft is required if windows does not validate after re-installation.
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25 Feb 2011   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Looks like a major drivers issue as Maguscreed has already pointed out. Get hold of a generic win7 install disk and do a clean install with that for the same edition that came preinstalled on the computer. That'll install generic drivers for most devices, you can update to specialized drivers later.

Activation is a separate issue. You can always use the COA sticker key and activate by phone.
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25 Feb 2011   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

It could be as simple as changing a setting or two in the BIOS of the new motherboard.
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26 Feb 2011   #6
Robert S

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

I ended up doing a fresh install. Managed to activate it no problems. I had to purchase new antivirus but it was cheaper than a retail edition of W7.
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26 Feb 2011   #7
IownAmoneyPit

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert S View Post
I ended up doing a fresh install. Managed to activate it no problems. I had to purchase new antivirus but it was cheaper than a retail edition of W7.
Glad you were able to re-activate after a fresh install. This tutorial will show you how to make a system image that does not require re-activation when used. It also restores your system to the same condition as when it was created. There are also lots of really good free 3rd party imaging solutions such as Macrium reflect, free Acronis editions for owners of WD and Seagate drives and a free Paragon backup/restore edition available, some of which are listed here.
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26 Feb 2011   #8
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Before updating from WinXP to Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate I have always used third party backup software. However, since Vista Ulitmate I have been using the backup and restore feature in Windows. I am pleasantly surprised how easy and efficient it is. Also, it saves me the cost of updating third party software.

After making the present clean install of Win7 Ultimate x64 I used Windows backup feature and made a backup image of my C:/ partition to one of my external hdd's.

It's efficient, free and very easy.
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26 Feb 2011   #9
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert S View Post
I've had to replace my motherboard. When I start win7 it continuously reboots after the "starting windows 7" screen. I have tried the troubleshooting startup but it didn't detect any problems. I have also booted from the original win7 disk and run the repair utility but it didn't find any problems. I ran "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr" from the command prompt but this has not fixed the problem.

I've got Win7 Home edition OEM. Maybe this doesn't allow running off new hardware??

Has anyone got any suggestions?
Your have a OEM copy of windows is tied to the original motherboard it was installed on unless replaced with the exact same make/model motherboard supplied by the OEM manufacturer and the replacement of the original motherboard may also have to be done by the manufacturer to reactivate OEM copy. A new/different motherboard will require a new retail copy of windows home premium of which has a different EULA and can be reinstalled on a different computer or reinstalled on the same computer repeatedly but only one computer at a time.

A retail copy also allows multiple hardware changes including Mobo but in some cases phone activation by Microsoft is required if windows does not validate after re-installation.
I am glad that Robert S was able to solve his problem but isn't what you posted about the OEM copy of windows being tied to the mobo correct?
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26 Feb 2011   #10
IownAmoneyPit

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by C32C3 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert S View Post
I've had to replace my motherboard. When I start win7 it continuously reboots after the "starting windows 7" screen. I have tried the troubleshooting startup but it didn't detect any problems. I have also booted from the original win7 disk and run the repair utility but it didn't find any problems. I ran "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr" from the command prompt but this has not fixed the problem.

I've got Win7 Home edition OEM. Maybe this doesn't allow running off new hardware??

Has anyone got any suggestions?
Your have a OEM copy of windows is tied to the original motherboard it was installed on unless replaced with the exact same make/model motherboard supplied by the OEM manufacturer and the replacement of the original motherboard may also have to be done by the manufacturer to reactivate OEM copy. A new/different motherboard will require a new retail copy of windows home premium of which has a different EULA and can be reinstalled on a different computer or reinstalled on the same computer repeatedly but only one computer at a time.

A retail copy also allows multiple hardware changes including Mobo but in some cases phone activation by Microsoft is required if windows does not validate after re-installation.
I am glad that Robert S was able to solve his problem but isn't what you posted about the OEM copy of windows being tied to the mobo correct?
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