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Windows 7 Startup BSOD after CPU, RAM, and Motherboard Upgrade

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September 6, 2013 3:55:51 PM

Hey there, everyone. So I'm hoping that the issue I'm having it a simple solution.

I recently upgraded the CPU, RAM, and motherboard for my sister's computer to solve the crippling issues it was having prior. Now that everything's installed, Windows 7 gives me a BSOD (7b error) whenever it tries to boot up (safe mode or otherwise). It would appear the components are all good, as I can get to the recovery options for Windows (whereas her previous build couldn't) and all of her data is still present on the hard drive.

In another forum I saw something about installing the chipset drivers for the motherboard solving problems like this, though I've never done something like that not through Windows. I'm hoping this isn't going to have to result in buying a new hard drive...

Her previous motherboard was a Biostar (I can't remember the model but I will check once I'm home) and her new one is a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3.

Her previous CPU was a dual-core AMD (again, the model escapes me, I'll check once I'm back home) and her new one is an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! If you need more information I'll be happy to provide it!
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September 6, 2013 4:23:34 PM

did you do a new install of windows.if you just tried to reuse the hard drive with windows on it likely your problem lies there.
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September 6, 2013 4:54:14 PM

aldan said:
did you do a new install of windows.if you just tried to reuse the hard drive with windows on it likely your problem lies there.


No, it's the same install of Windows as before. Is a reinstall of Windows typically what needs to be performed when the motherboard is changed? I thought Windows 7 was usually really good about hardware changes of that nature.

Additionally, if I do need to re-install Windows, what is the best method for getting all of her old data safely off of the old hard drive? I really didn't want to have to buy another hard drive but it looks like I may have to now. Also, is there a way to keep all of her Windows settings, installed programs, and such from her old setup so I don't have to re-install all of her additional software (Steam, all her games, Photoshop, etc.)?

Sorry for all the questions: I'm not new to building systems but I am new to this sort of file management.
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September 6, 2013 5:02:28 PM

well,it was worth a try anyway,but no,it doesnt usually work.if you have any data on the hard drive that you want to save you can put another hard drive in and install windows to that one and migrate your files from the old drive.bottom line,in my opinion,a clean install is what you need to do.
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September 6, 2013 5:12:21 PM

aldan said:
well,it was worth a try anyway,but no,it doesnt usually work.if you have any data on the hard drive that you want to save you can put another hard drive in and install windows to that one and migrate your files from the old drive.bottom line,in my opinion,a clean install is what you need to do.


Sounds like what I initially what I figured I'd have to do but it's nice to have some reassurance (just in case there was another way).

Thanks for you help, aldan! :) 
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September 6, 2013 5:18:28 PM

no problem,good luck with everything.Al
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