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Windows 7 can't boot in new PC due to driver incompatibilities. Is there a way to install drivers without booting?

I built a new PC and put in my old hard drive running Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit. When I try to boot I get a blue screen while Windows is loading because it doesn't have drivers installed for the new hardware. I need to access Windows 7 so I can upgrade to Windows 8. Is there a way to install drivers through Windows repair or should I backup everything and do a clean install?
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  1. backup and clean install is best IMO.
  2. Gee Bee said:
    backup and clean install is best IMO.

    Will a system image created using the Windows 7 backup creator be compatible with Windows 8?
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    you will lose compatibility with software licences, including OS. There may well be other difficulties to contend with also. Even though it still called windows 7 backup in windows 8 (it's not in 8.1).
    Backup and clean install is best IMO. Then upgrade to 8.1, it costs nothing.
  4. Have you tried changing the Sata mode in the bios from ACHI to IDE?
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