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Windows 7: Motherboard Died - How Can I Successfully Boot My Windows 7 Install

21 Sep 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Motherboard Died - How Can I Successfully Boot My Windows 7 Install

My computers motherboard has died - won't boot, power supply checks out OK, no response even with all hardware disconnected. Its seven years old, so I've ordered new a new mobo, cpu, ram to replace my build.

My question - is there a way to get my current Windows 7 install to boot on my new hardware so I can then do my Windows 10 free upgrade ( I hadn't upgraded to 10 as of yet)?

I thought about booting to safe mode, deleting the hardware listed in Device Manager, then rebooting as normal and letting Windows recognize the new hardware. Would this work?

Thanks for any ideas.

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21 Sep 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Was the original PC home-built or a brand name such as Dell or HP?

If it's a brand name, does it now have the same OS that it had when first built?

Win 7 is fairly forgiving of new hardware, so it might well start up if you simply connect the old hard drive to the new motherboard. But even if it did, you might face a licensing issue (sooner or later) if the original PC was a brand name.

You can also investigate an application such as Paragon Adaptive Restore. I think there is a tutorial for it on this website.
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21 Sep 2015   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Home built PC from purchased parts with an OEM WIndows 7 disc. Think the disc got tossed with a dead CD-ROM drive, .
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21 Sep 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You can always enter your key to see if it activates, you will most likely have to make a phone call to get it activated, the phone number will pop up and you`ll talk to a wonderful man on the phone.

If you still have an issue talk to Microsoft directly and let them know that you bought the oem key and disc yourself.
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