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Old 03-14-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I was wondering if I could somehow boot to windows 7 after a major hardware change without having to reinstall windows. I don't have the disks ane there is no way for me to get them but I do have a unused product key. I can access the startup repair fine but that never fixes the problem. I always get error code 0x0 saying that a recent hardware change caused windows not to boot. Is there something I can type into the command prompt to at least get me to login screen or desktop?
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What are you trying to do? . . a repair Install? . . for that you will need a windows 7 instalaltion disc
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No I just upgraded my pc to new memory, motherboard and well I basically replaced the whole thing. I have to boot to windows without reinstalling because I have no disks. But I know xp would boot and you just had to reactivate your pc. Is there a way I can do that with windows 7?
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Not that I know of. Where is your windows 7 installation disc? A repair install might do what yuou want, but I never do that . . too easy to reinstall
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I borrowed that CD from a friend who I no longer have contact with. I wish microsoft would have made hardware changes easier!
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As far as i am aware what Old Rich said is accurate. After such a major hardware change (Motherboard) you will have to do a reinstall of windows im afraid.

If you want to save the files on the hard drive you can connect it to a working computer and simply drag the files off the drive prior to installing the new OS.

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When Windows installs on a particular motherboard, it looks to the chipset and other hardware and loads drivers specific to that hardware. When you replace the motherboard Windows looks for that previous hardware and doesn't find it and won't boot. As reported, you must do a Repair Install with a Windows DVD to recover. This happened before in XP as well. You do not have to make any changes to the OS if you are replacing any other hardware (ex) RAM, HDD, CD/DVD rom etc. Only the motherboard.
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So what your basically telling me is that there is no way to boot to desktop or login screen without having the windows 7 disk and performing a repair install?
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So what your basically telling me is that there is no way to boot to desktop or login screen without having the windows 7 disk and performing a repair install?
Since you have got an intact product key, you can download the trial version of windows and install it then insert your key and make it a full version.
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is there an iso image of windows 7 I can use to burn to a disc?
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Microsoft had some for download for a while, but no longer . . any that are available for download are likely hacked and full of bugs
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is there an iso image of windows 7 I can use to burn to a disc?
I can't suggest anything in this field, if you search for windows iso most of the results are hidden due to the US digital millennium copyright act.
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is there an iso image of windows 7 I can use to burn to a disc?

You will have to buy Win7. Downloading it for free is illegal.
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Ah well there is a copy on ebay for 70 bucks. Have to try to get that.
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Ah well there is a copy on ebay for 70 bucks. Have to try to get that.
Make sure its legal and the product key has not been used and GL. Post back if you have any further questions!
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Alright. Yeah its sealed and everything. Don't think it'll be a problem.
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