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Hi fellas.

I've just finished installing a new CPU and Motherboard to my PC.

I boot it, point the BIOS to my 500GB WD drive with Windows 7 on it, and all seems to be fine.

It reaches *Starting Windows* and gets about as far as it would normally take - then powers off, and restarts. I'm a little in the dark. After my desperation reached a climax and Google wasn't answering me I ran a system restore. Which has never worked in the past but hell desperate times and what not.

It sits there for 10-15 minutes with it's head somewhere I shan't describe, and tells me

"If you have recently attached a device to this computer, such as a camera or portable music player, remove it and restart your computer. *Talk to someone else yadda yadda*

The Diagnosis and repair details says:

*Chkdsk was completed successfully in 0ms, Software installation log diagnosis was completed successfully in 0ms, and Fallback diagnosis was completed in 0ms* << All of which is unhelpful and probably not true, considering the 0ms bits.

Followed by:
Root cause found:
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Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.

Repair action: System files integrity check and repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
Time taken = 735545ms.

I'm seeing this as a definite software issue. I've left my tower on and there's no unexpected shutdowns or issues with heat. The only reason I haven't just wiped the drive and re-installed windows is that I haven't a copy of windows 7 in the house or a working DVD drive to burn one from..

My system is:
GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3 *just installed - mobo*
AMD FX8350 *just installed - CPU *
XFX AMD r9 280

and my drives are:
500GB WD HDD *Has my OS on it, and information I want to save, but I plan to merge it with:*
1TB Samsung HDD
128GB Sansdisk SSD *Which I plan to install my new OS onto*

Can anyone offer any insight? Am I just gonna have to bit the bullet and find a DVD drive, burn a W7 disk and wipe my drive? (I really would rather not there's stuff on that drive I would very much like to save and I have no idea how I'm gonna get a DVD drive)

Thanks :)
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    The short answer, is you have to re-install Windows if you install a new motherboard. There's a ton of drivers that would have changed, assuming you're coming from a different model number. Depending on what version of Windows you own, (Retail vs OEM), you may have to call to get a new key, as Windows counts a new motherboard as a new "computer".

    The good news, is you can install Windows completely from a USB drive, assuming you have an image of the Windows disc (an ISO). Google the Windows 7 USB tool. Otherwise, you can buy an external USB DVD drive, or just buy and pop in an internal one for $20.

    There should be an option to preserve your data (vs a "Clean" install), but you should back it up just in case.
  2. Rapajez said:
    The short answer, is you have to re-install Windows if you install a new motherboard. There's a ton of drivers that would have changed, assuming you're coming from a different model number. Depending on what version of Windows you own, (Retail vs OEM), you may have to call to get a new key, as Windows counts a new motherboard as a new "computer".

    The good news, is you can install Windows completely from a USB drive, assuming you have an image of the Windows disc (an ISO). Google the Windows 7 USB tool. Otherwise, you can buy an external USB DVD drive, or just buy and pop in an internal one for $20.

    There should be an option to preserve your data (vs a "Clean" install), but you should back it up just in case.

    Thanks, I had always assumed the OSes opperated in a more modular fashion - I've had this motherboard for over 4 years now, and this was my first desktop! I'll go get a USB stick and shove W7 on it :) Thanks for your help!
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