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Windows 7: Replacing faulty MB questions.

02 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 6.1, build: 7601
Replacing faulty MB questions.

Hi guys,

I'm having to replace my current mb, (Asus M4A88T-V EVO) with another, Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 970. I have a few questions before I buy it.

1. The mb I am using has onboard gfx although I use a gfx card, the new one doesn't. What would happen if the gfx card failed would I be able to see a lower res screens at all for emergency work?

2. I am running Win7 Home Premium 64bit atm and would like to just install the drives onto the new board. Will this work ok without changing the current install, apart from having to load new mb drivers of course?

3. The new mb has the
UEFI BIOS the old one not. Would I have any problems booting with this as I have read some reports of the system not posting?

Thanks for any suggestions, I do build my own systems but am not sure on these points, age is creeping up on me

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02 Jul 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

1. If the video card fails you will have no video. There would be nothing to provide a video signal to the monitor.
2. If you are using an OEM version of Windows it is tied to the original motherboard on which it was installed. It cannot be legally transferred to another motherboard, even if the original is no longer in service. The exception being if the motherboard is an exact replacement or one designated as such by the manufacturer if the original is no longer available.
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02 Jul 2015   #3
Microsoft MVP


You might be able to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD however you'd first need to enable any settings in BIOS setup for CSM, Legacy BIOS, Boot Legacy first, etc. Secure Boot will also need to be disabled on the BIOS' Security tab.

Then you can either plug in the old Win7 hard drive to the fastest port, or transfer image after initializing as an MBR drive. If it will not start, then run the PAR CD to adjust it. If it still will not boot, confirm Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair from Win7 disk up to 3 separate times to repair or rewrite the boot files.

Note that the Win7 hard drive needs to be set first to boot, any disks or stick need to be booted as non-UEFI devices.

If forced to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 then I'd boot the installer as a UEFI device with the settings for UEFI to boot first. The installer will set WIndows Boot Manager first to boot where it will need to remain.
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13 Aug 2015   #4

Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 6.1, build: 7601

Thanks for all suggestions, I now have a new motherboard and are ready to move everything over to it.

Then will install the HDD with Win7 on it and see how I get on. Have already read and printed the excellent advice by Kaktussoft
here Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

I'll be back with the results, good I hope.

Thanks all.
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