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    cheong

    My PC broken down yesterday and it need the motherboard be changed, so the Win7 installed won't boot.

    I think if it got sysprep-ed I can get it booted and install the new drivers, but anyone know if I can sysprep that system from recovery console or WinPE or what so I don't need to do a full reinstall? (The old motherboard is dead and won't work anymore)

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    spivonious

    @cheong: It won't boot at all? That's a bit strange. Make sure you have the SATA controllers set to AHCI or IDE, whatever your old motherboard was set to.

    I'm unclear on how sysprep is going to help.

    Have you tried booting to a Win7 disc and running the repair install?

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    Jim Young

    @cheong:Describe 'won't boot'. There's a big difference between something like not finding the boot drive and hanging during the boot process. Is it the same motherboard? I've swapped in a different mobo before with success, but it takes some finagling.

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    TheJoe

    In theory it should be no different than taking the primary HDD to a different PC...  Just saying.

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    elmer

    , cheong wrote

    I think if it got sysprep-ed I can get it booted and install the new drivers

    That sounds like an incompatible disk/raid driver issue ?

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    cheong

    , spivonious wrote

    @cheong: It won't boot at all? That's a bit strange. Make sure you have the SATA controllers set to AHCI or IDE, whatever your old motherboard was set to.

    I'm unclear on how sysprep is going to help.

    Have you tried booting to a Win7 disc and running the repair install?

    After the "select system" screen (I have boot option for Win7, Win8 and Vista), it'll just reboot to "Boot Logo" screen.

    Possibly it has BSODed but the "automatic restart on system failure" option is enabled.

    Tried "repair install" and it don't help.

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    cheong

    , elmer wrote

    That sounds like an incompatible disk/raid driver issue ?

    I think it could be because the motherboard is UEFI only. In my old motherboard I have BIOS compatability mode enabled because I had to use WinXP occasionally at that time.

    In this new motherboard I can't find similar option in the UEFI setup screen.

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    spivonious

    , cheong wrote

    *snip*

    I think it could be because the motherboard is UEFI only. In my old motherboard I have BIOS compatability mode enabled because I had to use WinXP occasionally at that time.

    In this new motherboard I can't find similar option in the UEFI setup screen.

    That might be it. I'd be very surprised that there is no option to disable UEFI though. I believe UEFI uses a different boot sector on the hard disk, so if you can't disable UEFI you'll need to reformat the disk and reinstall.

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    cheong

    Oh, I've reinstalled Win7 without formatting the harddisk, but it seems to have no problem booting there.

    Maybe the setup program have done necessary changes to use UEFI to boot.

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    Ion Todirel

    , cheong wrote

    Oh, I've reinstalled Win7 without formatting the harddisk, but it seems to have no problem booting there.

    Maybe the setup program have done necessary changes to use UEFI to boot.

    not advised 

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