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Windows 7 BSOD on start up new problem when upgrading to new motherboard and cpu

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August 7, 2014 11:57:10 PM

Windows 7 experiencing BSOD during "Starting Windows" sequence. New motherboard and processors. A bit more about my set up: I have two hard drives, an old Western Digital 80gb that has the boot manager and a copy of Win 7 and a Samsung SSD with another copy of Win 7 but without the boot manager. These were working fine with my old mobo/cpu but am experiencing issues when I upgraded. My current motherboard is the MSI Z97-G45 Gaming Motherboard.

I have tried plugging in the SATA ports in different ports, doing a system repair by pressing F8 (says it did not detect any issues), and looked up the BSOD error: stop: 0x7b. Since my school offers free software, I downloaded a copy of Windows 8.1. As an alternative, could I possibly install 8.1 and keep my personal files? Although it would have to be a boot up installation and not normal installation. I also don't care about the files on my 80gb but I do care about the files on my SSD. Thanks!

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August 8, 2014 12:07:55 AM

Are you trying to use a Windows 7 OS from a previous installation on a new motherboard? Because that is going to cause Microsoft licensing issues. Since you have access to new versions of Windows 8.1, I would try installing a new operating system on the new motherboard. Don't register it until you have a working system.
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August 8, 2014 12:14:14 AM

The SSD should transfer with no problems, the new 8.1 OS installation will probably remove the previous Windows 7 OS.
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August 8, 2014 12:16:57 AM

If you want to boot to a new motherboard/cpu from the same windows you should check in BIOS settings the Hard Disk Controll info. If you get blue screen just change the option there. If it is AHCI change to IDE or anything. If it is not AHCI, change to AHCI.
This is the only reason win7 or 8 BSOD from a new motherboard. There are ways to fix it internally in the OS but it is rather difficult. If you can't find the BIOS option then go for format.
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August 8, 2014 9:17:39 AM

That was incredibly easy but at the same time it was difficult. I did notice the SATA setting in the MSI bios to switch from AHCI to IDE / RAID mode, I thought IDE was the old format so I didn't touch it. Now I'm in my desktop and installed the drivers given by MSI and everything so far is running fine. Thanks again for the knowledge everyone!

May I also ask why is it that the new motherboard/cpu requires a switch in the hard disk control? It seems a bit counter intuitive and can make building the new computer more frustrating.
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