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Windows 7: System reserved is C: and OS is D:?

21 Mar 2015   #31

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Not sure why you would want to back up files since your other thread says you are currently re-installing Windows. If that's true, it's a bit late to back up.

Confusion reigns as to where you are, what you want, you're buying and installing new hardware, etc etc.

Maybe a few deep breaths and write one cogent post that accurately describes your CURRENT situation, with a minimum of confusion? Presumably after your ongoing re-installation and monitor swapping is done?

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21 Mar 2015   #32

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

I don't think it will help now, but for future reference when you upgrade a motherboard, PC, etc. and want to transfer the OS to the new hardware, see this tutorial by Kari:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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21 Mar 2015   #33
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

David I thinking the same thing. Way to late for Kari's tutorial.

I have been reading other threads by stuckstuck and the only thing I'm sure of; I'm confused.
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21 Mar 2015   #34

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Hm, I didn't know that you would have to re-install windows again if you changed motherboards.
This is a first for me, seeing as I had stuck with one motherboard this entire PC's life so I didn't know.
I figured that nothing needed to be done other than to re-connect all your components to the new motherboard.
That's my bad, and yes I'm reinstalling windows now; seeing as I was unable to fix whatever was preventing me from booting properly.
NOW my issue is the monitor. I was in the middle of installing windows... and the story is in the other thread.
OMG what have I done. "No signal detected!"
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21 Mar 2015   #35

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

stuckstuck, it is quite simple. Every Motherboard has drivers specifically for it. When you change Motherboards, you are trying to run one motherboard with the drivers from a different motherboard, which usually will cause a lot of problems. It seems you have found that out. You have to start out clean and use only the drivers from the motherboard you are currently using.
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21 Mar 2015   #36
Microsoft MVP


We help users all the time to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD which is much easier and works perfectly.

Be aware that drive letters often read differently in WinRE than when booted.

Sometimes the drive letter will slip from C causing Unbootable Win7, often labeled wrongly as Non-Genuine. There is a known fix for this.

When you were asked for a Disk Mgmt screenshot, had you booted Partition Wizard and posted back a camera snap we could have immediately seen any problem to correct it. Cheers to Urthboundmisfit for trying to steer you via tutorials to do this. There was no serious effort to comply.

Finally, if you're going to do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 then take this opportunity to get a perfect one following these steps that have been used by 1.3 million users without a single complaint or return with problems. You will have the best install of Win7 one can possibly have.
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21 Mar 2015   #37

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Wait, so everytime somone changes to a new motherboard you would have to do a clean install everytime?
I did not know that. Wow, really? Sheesh. What a bother.[/QUOTE]

Of course you should, you are putting windows on brand new hardware. it`s the best way to do it and totally normal.

To fix your current problem, delete your system reserved partition and your install partition down to un allocated space, then either create an install partition and install windows or just click next.

I always use a Partition Wizard Boot CD to wipe, create, format, set active and align a partition to install windows on a hard drive/ssd. You don`t end up with a SR partition, which is really not needed. IMO

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

Windows takes 15 minutes to install and will fix all your problems.

Clean Install Windows 7

Unplug all other hard drives before you start.
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