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October 26, 2013 7:10:55 AM

hi everyone. i have just signed up because i am having trouble with my new computer. i have looked on this website for solutions before and i think its a great website so i will start joining in

i was producing music on my computer and all of a sudden it went off, it wouldn't go back on, the power light just flashed.. so i decided to get a new case, motherboard, PSU, CPU & ram. i got:

Gigabyte f2a85xm-hd3 motherboard
AMD A6-6400K processor
Kingston HyperX 10th anniversary edition 4GB 1600
Corsair 450W PSU

so i kept my old hard drive with windows 7 and plugged it all in and switched it on, windows would show the boot screen for about 2 seconds then restart and go to the recovery screen, so i went in that and let it try recover but it couldn't find anything. it did the same again.
my next option which i found out was going into command prompt at the recovery options and i typed it bootmgr /fix boot and all that lot but it wasn't making any difference.
so my next option was to try upgrade my windows to ultimate but it wont let me do it from the disc

so i decided to buy a new hard drive to install a fresh copy of windows on and it worked.. that old hard drive worked in two other computers and it still isn't working in my new system

it would be great if anyone could help me with a solution if there is one because i really could do with it booting so i dont have to re-register and install all the programs on the new hard drive. if there isn't a solution i wonder if there is a way to copy all the programs and things and the registry but i dont know.

please let me know if anyone might know
thanks
Adam
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October 26, 2013 7:27:51 AM

You cannot take a hard drive with Windows installed and just move it from computer to computer. All the drivers and settings are set for the system when Windows is first installed, you change the platform, you are going to have problems.

Rule of thumb goes like this.
If the new mother board/hardware is identical, or at least very close, moving the drive with windows installed usually works pretty well. The bigger the difference in the motherboard and hardware, the more problems you will have. A motherboard with a different chipset for instance, forget it, do a fresh install. Sometimes, if you can get Windows to at least boot, you can do a repair install. Which by your post you did not try. (recovery is not a repair install, and yeah it rarely does anything) This will work, but as time goes on you might notice that Windows just seems to be buggy. You might get unexplained freezes, lockups, blue screens, problems with programs. Then you will come back to this forum wondering why you are having these types of issues.

Upgraded motherboard or new build, you should simply back up everything important somewhere, and do a fresh installation.
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a c 559 V Motherboard
October 26, 2013 7:35:23 AM

Try setting SATA to IDE in BIOS and see if booting in safe mode.
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October 26, 2013 7:41:25 AM

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i decided to get a new case, motherboard, PSU, CPU & ram.

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so i kept my old hard drive with windows 7 and plugged it all in and switched it on, windows would show the boot screen for about 2 seconds then restart and go to the recovery screen, so i went in that and let it try recover but it couldn't find anything.


Yes, that is a quite likely outcome.
New motherboard + CPU = reinstall.

You could flail about for a couple of weeks trying to get it running almost but never quite right.
Or you could do a full reinstall and be done in two days, guaranteed to work.
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October 26, 2013 8:34:50 AM

thanks for the answers.
it looks like ill just have to stick with the new hard drive i got with windows on and just browse and use the files i have on the old hard drive...

got a whole lot of things to re-install. not unless there's a way to copy files over to the new hard drive and do something with the registry
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October 26, 2013 10:31:13 AM

adamhinchliffe said:
thanks for the answers.
it looks like ill just have to stick with the new hard drive i got with windows on and just browse and use the files i have on the old hard drive...

got a whole lot of things to re-install. not unless there's a way to copy files over to the new hard drive and do something with the registry


No way to move the programs, just reinstall them. Use your old drive for storage.
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