Hey guys, I have a big problem here. My old and very poor built Elitegroup P45T-A board fried, and took my processor out with it. My new parts will be arriving tomorrow, and I'm wondering if I need to to a clean install of Windows 7 on my system.
See, I would do this, but the Windows 7 installation files are on my hard drive and I can't access them because I have no motherboard. I have heard that windows will not start if you install a new motherboard unexpectedly. Is there a way around this? How can I access my computer to either delete the drivers and install my new ones or install a new copy of Windows 7?
If it's the same motherboard it will boot just fine, and you won't need to do anything.
If it's a similar motherboard, it may boot, but you should do a fresh install once you've backed up your data. This will eliminate possible driver conflicts, and general clutter.
If it's a different model motherboard, and it doesn't boot right away, do the windows repair. You can do this by booting off your OS disc, and follow this guide. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/window...
Once the repair is done, you should be able to boot into windows normally. Then you should still backup your data, and do a fresh windows install.
I think windows validation might be a problem for you if you're using a different motherboard and cpu. I suspect that enough components will have changed for Windows to believe that the hard drive has been inserted into a different PC (I guess it has, really).
All is not lost though because Microsoft do provide a mechanism for revalidating your licence - make sure you've got your product key, though.