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New Motherboard, Can't upgrade to Windows 7

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#1 Conspicuous


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

So, I recently built my new computer with a friend, and I used the Hard drive and Graphics card from my old one, which had windows Vista. When we finally finished, I popped in my Windows 7 disc and selected upgrade. It tells me that I need to restart my computer normally and run it from there, but the problem is that I can't! I also don't have a Vista disc, so I can't repair my vista install, and I don't even know where to find Vista disc anymore.

My only other option would be to install windows 7 but that would wipe my hard drive, and I haven't backed anything up.

Is there anything I can do to back up what I have on that hard drive without taking it out of my new computer? If I buy a new hard drive ( Which I do intend to do, but I thought it could wait a little while ), will I be able to install Windows 7 on the new hard drive and have everything work smoothly?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

I popped in my Windows 7 disc and selected upgrade. It tells me that I need to restart my computer normally and run it from there, but the problem is that I can't!

What happens when you restart the computer?

Do you get a Stop error?

There is a problem which can occur when a hard drive with a Windows operating system is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows.

You can use Ubuntu Live CD to recover your data from the hdd, here's a tutorial.

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#3 Jan Benedict

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

You can use and external case for your HDD, so that you can use it as an external HDD then copy your important files to another computer.. Or you can use your HDD on another system, probably your friend's and set his/her HDD with working OS as master boot device and set yours to SLAVE/secondary. Then copy/back-up the necessary files..

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