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Hi, im trying to fix my sisters laptop.

-Previously setup as Vista Home, as what she have told me, it got infected with "virus" and it just hangs, it wont let me do a System Restore even on safemode, it says its disabled through Group policy but i cant access gpedit.msc..tried accessing/enabling everything through registry and dos but no luck... Dont have a restore CD or even the Vista OS either and cant run any Setup.exe... dont have time to install AV or Regitry mechanic as it hangs most of the time..Pretty dead end for me..

So..
1. I pulled out HDD from the laptop thinking that it might be bad.
2. Plugged HDD(laptop) into my Desktop as slave. Formatted.
3. Turned HDD(laptop) into Primary, removed HDD(desktop), clean install with Win7, works like a charm, checked for bad sectors, all is good.., So it seems that HDD is working good.

Now. i guess you guys already knew what i did next.. though im aware it will cause some weird stuff, but.. i plugged HDD back into Laptop, no luck... shows BSOD upon "Starting Windows" logo..

Heres what i did next..
4.Did reset CMOS (reseated battery).
5.Used bootable win7 disk, accessed Boot menu, tried using internal optical drive and external optical drive, still no go... hangs a bit, you can feel that the cd is turning.. but just stops and immediately display "Operating System found"
6. Formatted HDD (redo step 1, 2 and 5),, the same message "No Operating System found..",,, and now im stuck with #5.


Any help would be greatly appreciated as i have already spent numerous hours resolving this but still no luck...

Thanks..
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You need to format the drive, put it back in the computer, and install Windows, chances are your desktop is in IDE mode and your laptop is AHCI, or vice versa.
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You can't install Windows on a hard drive on your desktop then expect it to boot in a laptop or any other computer for that matter. If it had a virus on it I would zero it out before reinstalling Windows.
    
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You can't install Windows on a hard drive on your desktop then expect it to boot in a laptop or any other computer for that matter. If it had a virus on it I would zero it out before reinstalling Windows.
Theoretically it will work, but you have both the drivers for the desktop and laptop installed, so its not recommended, I would also second that zero pass.

I am 99% sure OP forgot to change the BIOS settings to IDE or AHCI after installing the drive.
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Thanks for the reply Limes.. You're right, i missed that one... I forgot to mention that upon getting into the laptop's Boot Menu, the list is being displayed as "1. IDE optical drive -Sony stuff".. so on and so forth.. but theres no option for me in the Laptop Bios to have it IDE/AHCI mode.. so i guess it will just run on IDE mode as default.. You have just made my daY!

Question, should i format the drive and install win7 first and once done, go to bios and set it to IDE mode, yes?
Edited by ImTheMan1981 - 12/27/10 at 4:38pm
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IDE needs to be set before the actual installation. When you install Windows 7 it automatically sets itself up in AHCI or IDE. You can format it without setting it to IDE though.
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You realize you're just reinstalling the virus when you put Windows 7 back on there, right?

On a serious note though, consider taking a disk image of the fresh install once it's working, and never have to deal with this again.
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