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Windows 7: switching computers, keeping the same hard drive

01 May 2010   #1
ramiHArami

Windows 7
 
 
switching computers, keeping the same hard drive

hi,

my 6 year old pc short circuited and i lost the motherboard and graphic card, so i decided to buy a brand new computer (but without an OS on it). Is there a way to boot from my old hard drive (which has a genuine home version of windows 7), or is it a problem that all the BIOS are completely different now? can the motherboard cd with all the drivers on it help in some way?


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01 May 2010   #2
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ramiHArami View Post
hi,

my 6 year old pc short circuited and i lost the motherboard and graphic card, so i decided to buy a brand new computer (but without an OS on it). Is there a way to boot from my old hard drive (which has a genuine home version of windows 7), or is it a problem that all the BIOS are completely different now? can the motherboard cd with all the drivers on it help in some way?
I would try and simply plug the drive up boot to bios make sure it's recognized then reset BIOS to defaults save and reboot to windows and see if it can sort it itself out identifying the drivers as I presume you don't really have anything to lose data wise ??

It should in theory work without problem
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01 May 2010   #3
ramiHArami

Windows 7
 
 

thanks for the tip, it did not solve the problem but it did put me on the right track: after i reset the BIOS to their default setting, i went into windows repair mode, and i used my last restore point (which was over 4 months old!). now i have all of my preferred settings and i did not lose a single file. AWESOME!
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01 May 2010   #4
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Good news! Glad you worked it out.
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01 May 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Not sure you needed to use System Restore. What indicated it's use?

Startup Repair should have sorted the drivers, if they didn't all reload correctly at Startup.

In fact, Startup Repair will run Sys Restore if it is needed.
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02 May 2010   #6
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

gr8 news glad you got your system back
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