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January 17, 2014 10:34:05 PM

Sorry about this, threads on this question pop up a lot.

I want to move my old HD (with Windows 7) into a new laptop (which came with Windows 8). I assumed I'd have to reinstall Windows 7, but putting the old hard drive in the new laptop just gives me the, "No Bootable Device. Hit any Key." message. (I do not have a windows 7 installation disc, by the way. The old laptop didn't come with one. I do, however, have the product key.)

Anything I can do?

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January 17, 2014 10:37:55 PM

Does the HDD show in your bios?
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January 17, 2014 10:40:58 PM

Mordrorru said:
Sorry about this, threads on this question pop up a lot.

I want to move my old HD (with Windows 7) into a new laptop (which came with Windows 8). I assumed I'd have to reinstall Windows 7, but putting the old hard drive in the new laptop just gives me the, "No Bootable Device. Hit any Key." message. (I do not have a windows 7 installation disc, by the way. The old laptop didn't come with one. I do, however, have the product key.)

Anything I can do?


Then you should be able to download it from Microsoft. It says that because it doesn't have any of the drivers for that laptop. DL Win7 on a thumb drive or something and use that. You can go into the BIOS and tell it to boot from that device.
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January 17, 2014 10:42:25 PM

Check in the BIOS, how the boot process is set up: Win8 comes mostly with UEFI boot and Secure Boot enabled. Disable Secure Boot and switch UEFI to CSM/legacy (whatever your BIOS calls that option). Also, check how SATA is treated: if it is AHCI, switch it to IDE. Then it should boot. If you get a BSOD, then try to restart is protected mode (hold the F8 key during boot, until you see a selection menu), and then install the drivers for the new laptop.
If you need a Win7 DVD, you can always download the .iso, it is legal, for example from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?Action=html&Locale=...
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January 17, 2014 10:54:33 PM

lukelaw said:
Does the HDD show in your bios?


Yes.

IstvanD said:
Check in the BIOS, how the boot process is set up: Win8 comes mostly with UEFI boot and Secure Boot enabled. Disable Secure Boot and switch UEFI to CSM/legacy (whatever your BIOS calls that option). Also, check how SATA is treated: if it is AHCI, switch it to IDE. Then it should boot. If you get a BSOD, then try to restart is protected mode (hold the F8 key during boot, until you see a selection menu), and then install the drivers for the new laptop.
If you need a Win7 DVD, you can always download the .iso, it is legal, for example from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?Action=html&Locale=...


Thanks, I'll check this.
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January 17, 2014 11:29:08 PM

hdd info
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January 19, 2014 2:12:29 AM

IstvanD said:
Check in the BIOS, how the boot process is set up: Win8 comes mostly with UEFI boot and Secure Boot enabled. Disable Secure Boot and switch UEFI to CSM/legacy (whatever your BIOS calls that option). Also, check how SATA is treated: if it is AHCI, switch it to IDE. Then it should boot. If you get a BSOD, then try to restart is protected mode (hold the F8 key during boot, until you see a selection menu), and then install the drivers for the new laptop.
If you need a Win7 DVD, you can always download the .iso, it is legal, for example from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?Action=html&Locale=...


This worked. Thanks for your help.

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January 19, 2014 3:25:40 AM

You're most welcome :) 
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