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Upgrade Problems. Blue screens, hangs, etc.

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#1 Guest_GraysonH_*


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Posted 19 December 2011 - 08:31 PM

The problem summarized: I used an old Windows 7 installation on a completely new machine and it ain't workin' (no surprise really) but I'd like to know what I can do to fix it so that I don't have to reformat.

I'd really appreciate some guidance on this issue. Basically, I have a computer that I'm upgrading. I bought a new CPU, GPU, motherboard, and RAM. I'm using an old hard drive with an existing installation of Windows 7 and I'm reusing my PSU.

So I built the new PC with my new 2500K, MSI motherboard, Radeon 6950 GPU, and g.skill RAM. I threw in the old hard drives and PSU and fired it up. I was told on start up that the RAM amount had changed and that I had to go to the BIOS. I did so, found no problem with the RAM, and rebooted. The computer appeared to load fine until it got to the "Starting Windows" screen with the animated Windows logo on it. It hung on that screen indefinitely, so I tried a startup repair. It appeared to be loading fine until it got to the last screen. It hung again.

It then occurred to me that perhaps the Windows installation already on the hard drive was not compatible with the new hardware. A very good possibility. I did a little trouble shooting by switching in the old GPU, but that didn't do the trick.

In the end, I reassembled my old machine and it's working as it was before. It needed to run Chkdsk and there were some corrupted files in system32 (Yay!) but I think that may be due to me turning off the computer when it was hanging?

Basically, I need some advice as to how I should move forward. Is it possible to do what I'm attempting? Do I have to reformat and just start over? Should I just uninstall some drivers for the old hardware and try again? Thank you for taking the time to help me, I greatly appreciate the assistance.

Edited by GraysonH, 19 December 2011 - 08:34 PM.

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#2 ReviverSoft


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Posted 20 December 2011 - 09:08 AM

When you rebuild/upgrade a system, you need to RE-INSTALL THE OS to reflect on the new hardware.

Carrying forward an existing installation on your new hardware simply isn't advisable (won't work).
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:25 AM


Method 1

Edited by LucheLibre, 20 December 2011 - 11:26 AM.

If it looks like I know what I'm doing, there's a pretty good chance the only reason for that is because
I once asked someone to run chkdsk /r and a BC Advisor smacked me in the back of the head.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 02:09 PM

FWIW: Changing a Motherboard or Moving Hard Drive - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html , although it says "XP", the key principles are the same.


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