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#1 Dave Clark

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 04:41 PM


My existing computer motherboard is on it's last legs so I've ordered a new computer and intend to install my existing hdd. I've just realised that my Windows 7 might not work. It's not a new install as the whole HDD including all systems etc is being put into the new computer.

Will windows still work?





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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:20 PM

Almost certainly not. You'll probably need to do a clean install. Alternatively, Acronis True Image has a feature in it's "Plus Pack" that is supposed to allow you to clone a hd to a completely different system and still have it boot (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/?adpos=1t1&device=c&network=g&matchtype=p&gclid=CJmQ89nWy7gCFUii4AodfAkApA#add-migration)

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:23 PM

Probably not. Once of the first things the Windows installation routine does is take inventory of all of the hardware in your computer and then setup Windows to run on that hardware. If you then change the hardware, especially the motherboard, Windows is usually going to have a problem. A repair install might be able to get it working but, the best approach is to reinstall Windows.


You can attach your old hard drive to the new computer and then drag & drop your files from the old to the new with Windows Explorer.

Edited by SpywareDoc, 25 July 2013 - 05:25 PM.

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