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Build a new computer using some old parts

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#1 Forbiddenone


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 09:09 PM

It's my first time building a computer, and thus far things have worked okay so far except for two things...


1: *Hardware problem deleted, I figured it out*


2: I used my old hard drives in my new computer and Windows 10 can't start (I get an INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE error).  Google tells me that this is not uncommon and that I may need to perform some shenanigans that I have no clue about, or I may just need to reinstall Windows.  I think I have an old Windows 7 disk somewhere...


Anyway, as of right now Windows is "attempting repairs", but I'm not too hopeful.


It didn't work.  Oh well.

Edited by Forbiddenone, 25 May 2016 - 10:10 PM.

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#2 DavisMcCarn


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 07:01 AM

When Windows is installed, it detects the hardware and, if you change that hardware (especially the hard disk controller or the I/O chip), it gets very unhappy and refuses to boot.
But; as of November 2015, a Windows 10 installation DVD or USB stick will accept a Windows 7 key for activation!
Scribble the Windows 7 license code from the "old" PC on a piece of paper and use the Media Creation Tool to create an ISO image (to burn onto a DVD) or a bootable flash drive. Boot it and install Windows 10.
(Use the download tool now button) https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/
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