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Heya guys, I had a problem with my new build which I've not had before on any other build I've done.

Basically I installed everything, got everything set up through the BIOS etc. and then when I go to actually start up the PC I get a random blue screen and it closes - the blue screen is only a split second after the "Loading Windows" - now I am using a hard drive from my old PC which doesn't have any of the drivers of my new hardware, but I can't install drivers from the BIOS obviously.

I went through all of the boot options in order to get it running and I had my 1TB HDD (loaded with Windows) as the primary and then my 2 other 2TB HDDs at 2nd/3rd.
(I know this is a "BSOD" issue, but since I've no way of gathering the log, it's a little hard to do the analysis post).

Anyway, I downloaded Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and tried to install that through the DVD/RW drive last night, I got the message saying there was no boot drive (I unplugged the SATA and power to my 1TB HDD and ran the PC from disk/boot from disk).

Essentially what I want to do is get Windows 7 installed, put all the drivers in and then go back to my 1TB as the boot drive. Is there any way I can work around this for a bit until I can get the drivers installed? I'm picking up another burnt copy of Win7 Ult from a friend today to try that out - if that doesn't work I'll have to fork out another $100 to dual-boot.

Thanks for any help guys,
Stryker/AdyraliYT.
post #2 of 19
Are you saying you took the Windows 7 installed hard drive from a different computer, and then plugged it into this computer, and are trying to boot from it? If so, that is not going to work. I have heard you can boot into safe mode, remove the proprietary drivers (chipset, gpu, motherboard, etc etc), and then boot normally to install the correct drivers for the new machine, but I always find it easier to reinstall the OS when changing the motherboard/CPU.
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Are you saying you took the Windows 7 installed hard drive from a different computer, and then plugged it into this computer, and are trying to boot from it? If so, that is not going to work. I have heard you can boot into safe mode, remove the proprietary drivers (chipset, gpu, motherboard, etc etc), and then boot normally to install the correct drivers for the new machine, but I always find it easier to reinstall the OS when changing the motherboard/CPU.

Yes, in my previous build I had a single 1TB drive which has over 412GB of Steam games on it as well as my personal business files so it's not as easy to just reinstall the OS.

I know that dual-booting and installing the drivers through that should work.
I'm pretty sure I tried safe mode and it yielded the same results.

How would I go about removing the previous drivers to install the new ones through disc?


EDIT: Just tried it through Safe Mode again (no networking/command prompt) it goes through loading the preliminary drivers and then crashed/restarts the whole system back to the ASUS bootup screen.
Edited by AdyraliYT - 1/17/13 at 4:38pm
post #4 of 19
hard to understand what is going on here.

so you built a new build, installed windows, drivers, made settings in bios and now it's bsod'ing when you boot up

obviously you need to go into bios and go to default settings and see if it will boot
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Is what you should do is reinstall the OS on the same drive...DO NOT FORMAT...

It will detect that there is a current windows installation...Proceed and install a fresh copy....Everything from the previous install will show up under Windows.old.

Transfer all your personal files and then delete the Windows.old folder...
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hard to understand what is going on here.

so you built a new build, installed windows, drivers, made settings in bios and now it's bsod'ing when you boot up

obviously you need to go into bios and go to default settings and see if it will boot

I built my new PC up, I installed my previous 1TB hard drive which already has a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and I wanted to just install the drivers for the new mobo and gpu, but I can't get into the system to do so. I haven't installed the new drivers yet.
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Is what you should do is reinstall the OS on the same drive...DO NOT FORMAT...

It will detect that there is a current windows installation...Proceed and install a fresh copy....Everything from the previous install will show up under Windows.old.

Transfer all your personal files and then delete the Windows.old folder...

Will I need to use the same disc or can I just go out and get another copy of Windows 7 Home Premium? I've not got the disc with me anymore after my cat snapped it, unfortunately - but if this works it will save me a lot of time. So once I've done this I can just install the drivers on it, move my stuff over and be done with it?
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I built my new PC up, I installed my previous 1TB hard drive which already has a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and I wanted to just install the drivers for the new mobo and gpu, but I can't get into the system to do so. I haven't installed the new drivers yet.
Will I need to use the same disc or can I just go out and get another copy of Windows 7 Home Premium? I've not got the disc with me anymore after my cat snapped it, unfortunately - but if this works it will save me a lot of time. So once I've done this I can just install the drivers on it, move my stuff over and be done with it?

Yes because you will need to boot from the disk. You might be able to contact Microsoft with your CD key and they may be willing to send you a new CD.

Even if you were able to boot into a repair state (which I dont think would work) you would need the CD.
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I built my new PC up, I installed my previous 1TB hard drive which already has a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and I wanted to just install the drivers for the new mobo and gpu, but I can't get into the system to do so. I haven't installed the new drivers yet.
Will I need to use the same disc or can I just go out and get another copy of Windows 7 Home Premium? I've not got the disc with me anymore after my cat snapped it, unfortunately - but if this works it will save me a lot of time. So once I've done this I can just install the drivers on it, move my stuff over and be done with it?

Do you have a way to plug this drive into a different PC and back everything up that you do not want to lose? While what Strider said probably works, there is always the risk that something goes wrong or you click the wrong button and everything is gone. Backups should be number one priority before doing anything.
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Yes because you will need to boot from the disk. You might be able to contact Microsoft with your CD key and they may be willing to send you a new CD.

Even if you were able to boot into a repair state (which I dont think would work) you would need the CD.

So using another disc of the same OS wouldn't work?
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Do you have a way to plug this drive into a different PC and back everything up that you do not want to lose? While what Strider said probably works, there is always the risk that something goes wrong or you click the wrong button and everything is gone. Backups should be number one priority before doing anything.

I took my external drive apart and I can use the adapter to plug my internal HDDs into any USB slot. The only problem is I don't currently have anything large enough to hold 500GB of files. I am considering just moving all of my downloads/documents/music and then my Steam drive over to my external which I think has just over 700GB left, hopefully and then fresh installing another OS.
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