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changing motherboards, how to make sure i can boot properly

Q: changing motherboards, how to make sure i can boot properly

hello all,
i have had an old p4 motherboard and p4 2.0ghz processor lying around, soi decided to give it to my dad so he can upgrade his archaic P3 system. but, hes got alot of important data and programs(some irreplacable) installed on one hard drive and backup data on another hard drive. he boots from this 120gig hd, and i would like to just be able to boot from that on the new motherboard, but this doesnt always work. i have had 2 experiences in the past with this problem, once i was able to doa windows repair install and it worked and the other time, recently, i did the same and i still could not boot from the same HD on a new motherboard (switched from asus p4s800 to p4p800se), and had to install windows on a new hard drive.
anyway, i just dont nkow if there is an easier way to resolve this issue. im thinking of just installing windows on the hard drive that doesnt boot assuming i can transfer all the data to the boot HD.

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Preferred Solution: changing motherboards, how to make sure i can boot properly

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A: changing motherboards, how to make sure i can boot properly

New motherboard = new hardware that the original OS will not recognize. You would be better off installing Windows to a new hard drive and keeping the other drives as slaves on your other controllers. I would do the install of the new OS with the old drives completely disconnected to lessen the possibility of losing the data on them.

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Recently, the Motherboard on My Emachines computer went bad, and all attempts to get it to work failed. However, I have decided recently to purchase a new mother board to replace it. What I want to know is if I put the new Mobo in, will the Harddrive recognize it? More specifically, once I install it, can I simply turn on the computer and will it work like normal?
 

A:Changing Motherboards....

if you are replacing it with the exact same motherboard there wont be a problem. if it is the same chipset as the previous motherboard there shouldnt be a problem. if you switch from an intel to a via chipset then there may be a problem.
 

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I am running a dual boot system, Win XP Pro and 2K Pro.
I want to change the motherboard, CPU and RAM without
changing the harddrives.
Will XP puke because of the new hardware?
Any help on the procedure will be appreciated
 

A:Changing Motherboards

XP will probably be fine....Win2K on the other hand might not be too happy with it.
 

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ok here goes And please I have seen many post about them being junk so you do not have to tell me lol. Ihave a emachines T6000 3200 amd athlon 64 1 gig ram 160 gig hard drive has a MS-6741 motherboard any how I tried to update bios and if failed to write now I got nothing and the bios from what i can see are soldered in Local place said 40 bucks min to fix them the factory board does not have the fitings on it for SATA drives the loctions are there just no hardware soldered in. I can buy another MS-6741 motherboard for $69.00 and it has the sata spots What all would I have to do if i used this new board as far as hard drive, and all ather hardware and software. and would I gain much buy getting the board with sata I do have two 36 gig sata hard drives I could use are they better?
 

A:changing motherboards?

If the specs (apart from the SATA hardware) are the same as your previous motherboard, you can swap those bords without any problem. You'll need to reload the mobo-driver CD just to be sure. To get SATA going, most likely there will be a floppy with that new board containg the SATA drivers. Read the manual when you get it.
Keep that 160GB as your main drive and use the 36GB SATAs as extra storage.
 

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Ok here goes, whats the best way to go about changing systems.

I have a 1.1 AMD Thunderbird w/2 Maxtor H/D, DVD, and Plextor CDRW
I'm going with a new motherboard and an AMD XP1700 processor, I am useing Win2K and I am going to use it on the new system
 

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I have an Emachines T6410.(Yes, it is very crappy) I've heard that it is not possible to change the processor in this particular model. However, I'm looking for a motherboard that could hopefully be compatible with this Emachines computer. If I get the new motherboard, I'm guessing that I'll be able to change the processor as well.

This is the motherboard I'm interested in:
MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

This is the processor I'm interested in:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor

Is it possible to change the processor in the Emachines T6410 if I purchase and install a new motherboard? And will the products I mentioned be compatible with this computer? (Sorry if this is a dumb question; I don't know much about this kind of thing)
Thanks for any help.
 

A:Changing motherboards on Emachines

Start reading here:

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic28715-7.html
 

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I want to upgrade a dell computer i have. it is a am2 motherboard and i want to upgrade to am3. if all i do is switch motherboards i can still use the same Vista cd key. And it should be essentially plug an play correct?

A:Changing motherboards from a dell

MS considers a change of motherboard...a different system.

I don't know what Dell's take on this might be.

Moving the hard drive to a different motherboard has its own problems.

You may want to look at a few of the following, http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=moving%20Vista%20hard%20drive%20to%20new%20motherboard&aq=&aqi=&aql=&oq=moving+Vista+hard+drive+to+new+motherboarded&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=7b989c6c17f79c85&pf=p&pdl=300 , as well as reviewing Dell's documentation regarding motherboard upgrades for your system.

Louis

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Hi, so my motherboard broke, because of a power outage, I guess you would call it. Too many appliances were on and it fried. It doesn't work now. Anyway, I have an HP Pavilion p6597c computer. Anyway, I though it was time to upgrade my motherboard and CPU. I have switched from AMD to Intel. The problem is, my Windows 7 64bit is OEM. If I install my new components (also GPU and PSU), I won't be able to install Windows again because I do not have a disc. How do I obtain a disc? Does HP give them? Like the OEM versions?


I know once I install the system I either have to activate online or call by phone. BASICALLY, my question is how do I reinstall windows 7 on my new Mobo, without buying a retails version or anything. Thanks, ask questions if you need to because I know this might be confusing to read.

A:Windows 7 OEM and changing motherboards.

Hello Zedero
My understanding is that an OEM version is tied to the motherboard it is installed on. But have a read here and you may find an answer.

Windows 7 OEM on new motherboard - HP Support Forum

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I need help because all of my experiences when changing motherboards
with WinXP are that I would get the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH if you change the motherboard. Can anyone please tell me how to do it and boot into windows so that I don't lose any information on the hard drive?

Thanks!

Tommy4024!
 

A:How do you keep WinXP after changing motherboards?

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I am going to update both my Win 7 Pro 32bit and Win 7 Pro 64bit machines...mostly each will receive a new mother board..

Here's the plan:

on the 64 bit machine it will hopefully be just setting up the system...board...etc...and then installing an Acronis image to the new drive

on the 32bit system...it will be setting up the box and then doing a clean install of Win 7 32bit.

My question(s) is/are anything tricky about either approach...and...how do I convince Windows/Microsoft that both these systems are not copies but original licensed DVD installs...not just cloning to a second/third etc machine.

I think a mother board change will cause an existing system to rebel...and also a response from Microsoft on the changed system components ?

Any advice will be appreciated ...!

TRinAZ

A:Help changing motherboards on 2 current Win Pro systems

Depends on if Windows 7 came preinstalled on the machine, in which case Factory OEM license won't survive a motherboard change unless it's the same model mobo or you can get MS phone Activation to make an exception: How To Activate Windows 7 by Phone Step-by-Step Guide

If it's retail Full or Upgrade version then it can migrate to any new hardware of your choice. Retail Builder's OEM version also is restricted to first mobo installed upon.

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Hey guys,

Literally such a terrible day. Yesterday all my parts of my new PC arrived, and I put them all together, installed Windows 7 -- everything seemed to be working fine. Except for one thing - every time I booted the PC, the BIOS screen would always have the messaged on it:

'This CPU is incompatible with this motherboard. See ASUS QVL for details.'

Or something of that sort. I always just pressed F1 to resume, only to do a quick google search -- eventually leading me to find that the AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor I had purchased had a power rating of 125W, and the board (the ASUS M4A78LT-M LE) could only take up to 95W CPUs. In my ignorance I had completely managed to overlook this while ordering the parts, and severely paid for it (literally) when I had to order a new ASUS M4A77T/USB3 -- an ATX board which is capable of handling 140W CPUs, and for which the 965 is on the official support list. The M4A78LT-M LE would boot up and run Windows fine, and I browsed the web etc on it for an hour or so, but I didn't want to put it under any load in case something bad happened.

Aaaaaanyhoo, what I want to know is -- while this is a huge headache in itself, I am also confronted with the problem that is swapping the CPU to the new board. As I've only used it for around a couple of hours in total (maybe 4 hours of on-time, and doing nothing particularly demanding - no 3d applications run etc), would I be able to use the thermal pad on the AMD stock cooler ... Read more

A:Solved: Changing motherboards, keeping CPU

No. You need to clean all parts [cpu and hsf] with 91 or 99% alcohol and install new compound. I use and recommend arctic silver however any good compound will do. Do read and follow the instructions for installing the compound. Each maker's has slightly different instructions however if you use A/S, you just put a small amount in the center of the cpu [approx the size of a BB] Install the hsf however do not lock down the camlock. Now give the fan a few twists back and forth; now lock down the camlock. Done.
 

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My PC has been having problems (not booting up, even to BIOS) and after a bit of detective work have narrowed down the problem to either the motherboard of CPU (the only bits I can't swap at home). I am using the onboard Via raid controller on an Asus K8V Deluxe, and was wondering if i replaced the motherboard would i still be able to plug in my hdd's and have them working as normal, as long as i setup the new motherboards setting exactly the same or is my data lost?
 

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Do all Z boards used for OCing take a long time to boot up?

I ask this cuz I want to get the Asus Z170-E. But I've read complaints that it takes a long time to boot up Win 10. Below is a link from Newegg. Is there a fix to this?

ASUS Z170-E LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

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Do all Z boards used for OCing take a long time to boot up?

I ask this cuz I want to get the Asus Z170-E. But I've read complaints that it takes a long time to boot up Win 10. Below is a link from Newegg. Is there a fix to this?

http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E16813132691
 

A:Do All Z Motherboards Take Long Time to Boot?

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I cannot get my X1 Carbon to boot it's baffling me.  I have three motherboards I can try the same thing with. I am almost certain is has to do with the CMOS battery.  Symptoms:- Laptop Flashes Three Lights on Logo (Unless I unplug/replug the CMOS battery)- If I unplug/plugin the CMOS, I can get the keyboard to light up then it shuts off.- The fan does not spin because it does not startup.- I used to get a 3 error beep code on one motherboard, however this had to do with the screen which I replaced and it fixed the beep.- I  get no error beep codes. Tried:- Pressing the CMOS reset button doesn't seem to do anything (Top right, very small near hinge)- Unplugging the CMOS battery, Putting the AC in, and Pressing power lights up the keyboard for a moment. Replugging the CMOS battery back in seems to disable everything.- Pressing the Reset (Mid-left) usually where a pin goes.- Flushing out static with battery/adapter removed by holding power.- Switching the battery to ac, both, and none with everything above.- Tried with some components unplugged, it doesn't matter -- none of them nor all of them unplugged do anything. I have search many places and I have never had this happen, it can't be possible that I have three bad motherboards. In fact, two of them were factory tested as working. Could it be my power switch? If it was, why would I get the red flashing lights? Does anyone have any idea what I should try?

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I cannot get my X1 Carbon to boot it's baffling me.  I have three motherboards I can try the same thing with. I am almost certain is has to do with the CMOS battery.  Symptoms:- Laptop Flashes Three Lights on Logo (Unless I unplug/replug the CMOS battery)- If I unplug/plugin the CMOS, I can get the keyboard to light up then it shuts off.- The fan does not spin because it does not startup.- I used to get a 3 error beep code on one motherboard, however this had to do with the screen which I replaced and it fixed the beep.- I  get no error beep codes. Tried:- Pressing the CMOS reset button doesn't seem to do anything (Top right, very small near hinge)- Unplugging the CMOS battery, Putting the AC in, and Pressing power lights up the keyboard for a moment. Replugging the CMOS battery back in seems to disable everything.- Pressing the Reset (Mid-left) usually where a pin goes.- Flushing out static with battery/adapter removed by holding power.- Switching the battery to ac, both, and none with everything above.- Tried with some components unplugged, it doesn't matter -- none of them nor all of them unplugged do anything. I have search many places and I have never had this happen, it can't be possible that I have three bad motherboards. In fact, two of them were factory tested as working. Could it be my power switch? If it was, why would I get the red flashing lights? Does anyone have any idea what I should try?

A:X1 Carbon 3rd Will Not Boot - I have 3 motherboards & None Work?

When you unplugged the CMOS battery, did you also disconnect the main battery?  A shorted screen can cause the symptoms.  I would believe a bad screen before 3 bad motherboards.

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Hi,
I recently got a dell inspiron laptop for work with windows 7. Was wondering how do i make the " key display the quotation mark with out having to push it twice which results in two of them coming up like this "". So in a nutshell problem is when i hold shift and push the quotation key once nothing displays, push it again and two show up where cursor was. I want it to output just ONE for me! Is there a way to change this setting? I would like it to work properly because use the key a fair amount for writing numbers with "" key behind it to represent inches. Much handier then writing it out when i need to save space. Please help me.

Sorry for the long post

A:How do i make the " key work properly?

Welcome to Seven Forums MazterZz.

You might see if the " key can be safely removed and check for dirt under it. Alternatively you can invert the laptop and gently tap it on a hard surface to dislodge dirt.

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Help.

My daughters Sony P4 3ghz HT Vaio desktop has always had problems - mainly motherboard related but recently one of her two screens starting intermittently blanking out for a second or so. As it is now out of warranty I decided to try and salvage the good bits and put together a box that could last her for the next year or so.

So I took the following existing bits out of the Sony Vaio

- Pentium 4 cpu 3ghz hyper threading
- 1.5 gb of RAM (2 x Kingmax 512mb DDR-400 and 2xProMOS 256mb DDR-400)
- Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis 256gb vid card
- Hard drives and DVD drives
- Dell 1905 lcd screens

And added them to the following new components

- Antec Sonata II case (with Antec 450 p/s)
- Intel D965PERL mobo - and when that didn't work (see below)
- ASUS P4P800-E DELUXE Socket 478 mobo
- new 200gb hard drive

Problem is that on both the Intel and the ASUS mobo, the PC powers up but nothing happens - the screen remains blank, no sound is emitted (e.g. no beeps under POST) and nothing happens. There is a momentary lighting of the lights on the keyboard (connected by PS2 or whatever that old non-USB connector is called) and the DVD drive will ight up and open/close but no boot screen etc.

I did a quick search here and tried the following - none made any difference

- swapped out the cpu for another (older) 478 P4 I have in another Vaio
- tried a total of 4 different vid cards (and verified that 2 were working on other PC's)
- tried removing... Read more

A:Asus and Intel motherboards power up but don't boot - help please

Remove the processor and check the pins - reseat properly.

Remove and reseat only the 2 x 256 meg sticks.

Reset the BIOS by jumper / removing battery.

Remove the vid card and try booting.

Post results here again.
 

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To make it work efficently go to >Tools > options > Tabbrowser Preferences >
Links > Load Links in > Current Tab
Load External Links in > Current Tab
 

A:Make Firefox tabbing work properly

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Hello,

i just printed a whole page full of light lines from word but when i print it out some of the lines appear darker than others, how can i fix this?
I know it might be because of the quality settings but it's already high in printer settings?
 

A:How can i make light lines print properly?

oops could admin plz move this to hardware section where i intended it to be?
t
Thankyou
 

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So i have no idea what this is about, i have reinstalled for 3 times now and everytime i install the AMD Drivers my PC just boots to a background without explorer on the desktop and when i press CTRL ALT DEL i get a black screen. Very weird, never encountered something like this and i don't know what to do. Guess i can install updates and try installing/repairing .NET or something but does anyone have any idea what is going on here?

EDIT - Whoa okay, appareantly my videocard is not detected O.o, does that mean it's broken? Should I send it back?

A:AMD Drivers make windows not start up properly

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Aseliot


So i have no idea what this is about, i have reinstalled for 3 times now and everytime i install the AMD Drivers my PC just boots to a background without explorer on the desktop and when i press CTRL ALT DEL i get a black screen. Very weird, never encountered something like this and i don't know what to do. Guess i can install updates and try installing/repairing .NET or something but does anyone have any idea what is going on here?

EDIT - Whoa okay, appareantly my videocard is not detected O.o, does that mean it's broken? Should I send it back?


could be a number of things

check power to the cables

check if it is in the slot all the way

those are things that would do that also check if you have onboard graphics interfering with your card

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Okay, don't get me wrong, I really do like Windows 10. My computer runs better than it did before and some of the little glitches I had with W7 are now gone. The problem I have is that I had certain hard drives set for certain things. I had my capture video on D, my rendered video on E, my pictures, music, and docs on F. If I use the default storage folders in the settings along with that new folders are created and I can't place things exactly where I want them. What can I do? Anyone else in this dilemma?
 

A:How do I make my storage solution work properly?

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I got a blue screen that said a problem was detected and windows was shut down to prevent damage. It had a list of instructions on what to do if this was the first time it happened. One of the instructions was to make sure that the hard drive is properly configured and terminated. How do I do this? (BTW, when I restarted, I was given the option to run Start Repair. I ran it. I was given the option to run System Restore, but I didn't. The system restarted fine when Start Repair finished running.)

A:how do I make sure the hard drive is properly configured and terminated

If this is the first BSOD you've encountered the best thing to do is to leave it alone.Chances are that Windows has fixed the issue and you won't be bothered by it again.In the event that it isn't fixed, then you can do some troubleshooting.You can also use this link to troubleshoot the BSOD to see what has happened. Just paste the results here for us to have a look at.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/

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How can you run a check to see if your quad core is running how it should ?

How can you see if one core is running while another is running something else? Is there a way you can check ?
 

A:How can you check to make sure quad core is working properly?

Not specifically, but if you open task manager and go to the performance tab, it will track cpu usage in real time for each core and logical processor.

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Hi guys. I have a strange issue that i couldnt solve by searching the web: after installing a replacement GPU, RDP now only connects to the home server when i have "use all my monitors" enabled.

If i have it unticked the session will try to open on my second monitor - which is connected to the onboard GPU, unlike the first, which is connected to the discrete one - as usual, but blurt out a connection error after starting to render the remote desktop.

If i tick "use all my monitors" in RDP settings, a connection is made, but displayed on my main screen.

Can anyone help me solve this extremely annoying issue?

A:Remote Desktop stopped working properly after changing GPU

Originally Posted by subspacer


Hi guys. I have a strange issue that i couldnt solve by searching the web: after installing a replacement GPU, RDP now only connects to the home server when i have "use all my monitors" enabled.

If i have it unticked the session will try to open on my second monitor - which is connected to the onboard GPU, unlike the first, which is connected to the discrete one - as usual, but blurt out a connection error after starting to render the remote desktop.

If i tick "use all my monitors" in RDP settings, a connection is made, but displayed on my main screen.

Can anyone help me solve this extremely annoying issue?



Hi there.

Check the RDP resolution settings on YOUR CLIENT. The computer you are using to RDP to your remote computer might not be able to handle Max video output of the GPU on the remote computer. In any case going over a network it's probably better to reduce video transfer to 16 or 24 bit max.

Do it in the RDP connection settings.



Cheers
jimbo

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If so, what CPU can I replace it with and how? 

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I recently moved my computer to a new office space and had to disconnect my external hard drive, which is a Western Digital My Book WD250. Upon reconnnecting it to the computer, Windows XP suddenly does not recognize the drive. The drive does not appear on "My Computer" nor do any of my links to the drive or shortcuts appear.

When I click on my shortcuts I receive the following message:

"Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available".​
I've researched numerous solutions and one of them worked. I removed all of the USB cables from the computer and hard drive, and then in exact sequence connected the power to the My Book, connnected the USB cable to the computer and re-booted. Upon rebotting the computer suddenly recognized the drive and I opened up various folders and all of my information was still intact. Viola! It worked. Just to make sure all of my files were intact and to cofirm that the My Book was working properly I opened various files and thought the issue was resolved, but here is where it get confusing and where I could you use advice:

Everything was going fine until I hooked up my iPod to download some new songs from my external hard drive. After launching iTunes I went to click on a song, but iTunes would not play the song and gave me an error message that the folder/file was missing asking me if I would look for it. It took me to the exact folder in my hard drive where my media files are locate... Read more

A:XP does not recognize External Drive "make sure that the disk is properly ins

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I was trying to download a file from my computer to an external source. But in the process the file icon got changed to a Word file and now I can't extract to file to my external source because of that. How can I change the file back to file I can use?

Firefox 1.8
Windows XP
 

A:Changing the File to Make It Downloadable

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When I change volume from my keyboard or my mouse's programmable buttons, is there some way to make the volume bar show automatically so that I can see what level I'm setting it at?

A:Make volume bar show when changing from keyboard?

What mouse and keyboard? That sort of thing is usually only available through the software that comes with the mouse or keyboard.

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The W7 desktop Aero background picture changes at some fixed interval. I found where I can specify the interval time but I cannot find how to stop it from changing. How can I stop the picture from changing once I select the picture I want?

A:How Make Desktop Background Stop Changing?

Hello Barryng,
 
If I do understand you requirement, you'd like to stop changing the desktop background automatically. Please go to Control Panel -> Personalization -> Desktop Background and only select one of the pictures (click the checkbox before the picture) in the Choose your desktop background list. Thanks for your time and understanding!
 
Andy

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I have Dell studio 1558 with windows 7 home premium, my hard disk is failing and it has bad sectors that cannot be repaired by any kind of software as shown in the pictures attached,, I have ordered a new HDD and going to install windows 7 back by downloading the latest official Win7 installer ISO with SP1 . Can I make a clean OEM install of my windows 7 profession home as I still have the COA(certificate of authentication),and will it be successful as my hardware is changed (HDD is changed)

A:Can I make a clean OEM install after changing my hardware

Download win7 home premium in your language (is it available on Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life)?

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO
English x86: X17-58996.iso
English x64: X17-58997.iso

Burn the right ISO to DVD and install from that DVD. Use key that's on COA-sticker. Installing/moving to another disk doesn't give you any problems (win7 stays genuine)

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My father will be 79 years old this winter, and has been using a computer since the late 1990's.

His vision is not going to improve any time soon, even with the best eyeglasses made.

Today (20) he was -- for at least the fourth or fifth time -- told he HAS to upgrade to new Yahoo webmail, which expects him to change the screen resolution to at least 1024 x 600, except that he doesn't have the ability to see anything on a resolution finer than 800 x 600.

I sent Yahoo customer care a message explaining his situation, but I have no idea if, much less how, they're going to respond to this. He thinks Yahoo is the most convenient webmail there is, and can not just switch to something else. Are there more-effective ways to convince them to let him use the Classic webmail for as long as he chooses?
 

A:Make Yahoo stop changing mail?

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Hi, I was wondering if there's a way to stop Vista from changing my folder's view settings?

Pretty much, I want every folder ever to have the standard Size, Type, and Date Modified bars at the top, with Sort By Type selected. Also, with the View mode set to details.

However, Windows Vista keeps changing the settings on me. So every few days, or some other random amount of time, I have to right click on a folder, go to Properties, Customize, change the folder view back to "All Items" (aka Size/Type/Date Modified), because it'll change it to Pictures and Videos, or whatever.

Also, it'll often change the View setting from details to large icons if there are a lot of pictures in a folder.

Even more frightening, Vista's crazy view settings even seem to be effecting programs. Whenever I click "save image" or "save file" in Mozilla Firefox, it'll sometimes change the view settings on that too. Same with the browse in Adobe Photoshop. I just want the details, Date Modified / Type / Size, not "date taken", "dimensions", etc with large icons.

How do I stop this? Thanks.

Also, for the record, I made a similar topic back in September, but nothing has stopped it. It's horrifying.
 

A:How to make Vista stop changing my folder view settings?

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As per my question
here.
It is so hard to grab this little line, or to even see it as you navigate around, sometimes I want a big window, sometimes I want to see the Size of a file...
So... what to do? Make it thicker.... how do to that?

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Hi guys,

Basically I've acquired an old PC from a friend, I don't really know a great deal about the computer except that it is an Winfast motherboard with an AMD 64 Athlon processor.

I've been trying to fix the PC but when I try to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate from a disc the computer repeatedly crashes and shuts down after copying files reaches 100% or before.

I have also tried to load a Windows 8 installer and a Ubuntu live CD, but it still seems to crash after running for a while.

I have feeling that it may be an error relating to the graphics/video card, (which is intergrated into the motherboard). Because sometimes the screen shows just lines. I tried playing with the bios once (pheonix bios) but this stopped it from booting and gave the post beeps to tell me there was a problem with the video card. However I reset the CMOS on the motherboard and it now boots but still crashes when trying to install windows 7.

Are there any other ways around this? i.e. disabling the video card manually, or any other solutions? Kinda hoping this isn't a hardware related problem.
Thanks in advance!

A:Boot error, unknown origin, ideas to make this computer boot?

Is the Windows Ultimate disc a retail copy? Or a burned disc? Or?

Is it a 64-bit disc?

I have never heard of the Winfast motherboard brand. It may be too old to support this version of Windows?

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Hello, wondering if anyone can help with this issue. I am looking to install xp so I wrote the .iso onto a bootable USB and changed the boot order in the bios to boot from USB first. Then after it rebooted, the screen stays black with no bios screen etc. Not sure why it doesn't come up, any suggestions? Thanks

This is an acer aspire one netbook running ubuntu 10.04. 120gb hdd and 1gb Ram. Have absolutely no problems in past with it and it's about a year and a half old.

Extra info :-: when trying to hit the caps lock in the blank screen, the light does jot come up and the keyboard seems to be unresponsive. I am letting it cool down as it was on all day whilst o was researching the xp installation so will attempt to turn it on again soon but fear it may be to the boot order change.
 

A:Solved: Blank screen on startup after changing boot order to boot from USB.

Any POST messages?
 

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I have a pc with win vista on hdd 0 and win 7 on hdd 1 both are a SATA connected disk drives ,the system boots up on the win 7 choice of o/s but not with the windows vista selection , when the system has booted in win 7 I can hear hdd 0 restarting and spinning up so I'm thinking that theres either a data parity error or a hardware issue with the disk drive ,what I would like to do is convert the pc to just run on windows 7 because I dont really use the windows vista o/s much , if its a hardware fault I would like to replace the hard drive but only have a single o/s on the system , I would like to know where the BCD file is kept and also how to go about this task of going from a dual boot to single boot system with just the 1 o/s.
any help would be appreciated
Brian....26sw905

A:make a dual boot pc into a single boot pc ,wheres the bcd stored?

The Vista bootloader and the Win 7 bootloader are the same.

I can't answer your question but my guess would be that the boot files on are on the Win 7 hard drive, if it's the latter install.

I'd probably just install EasyBCD on the Win 7 drive...and then see if it automatically recognizes the Vista install. If not, then manually add the Vista install to EasyBCD, making Win 7 the default. That should (IMO) ensure that Win 7 remains bootable. Then just format/remove the Vista drive.

A simple way to find out...is to temporarily detach the Vista drive...and see if Win 7 boots. If it does, the files are on the Win 7 drive .

Louis

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Hi there,Recently got a HP Pavilion g6 2213sa which came with Windows 8 (spit!) and this disgusting UEFI BIOS replacement (double spit!).Anyway, I need to dual boot Ubuntu on my system, so I installed Ubuntu. Normally, on a non UEFI system, a "Grub" bootloader installed by Linux would take over the startup process, and allow you to choose between either Windows 8 or Ubuntu on startup. However, on this computer, startup is just booting straight to Windows 8 despite the fact that Ubuntu and Grub IS installed.Now, upon startup, if I press F9, then I get to change the boot-device on a one-time basis. I can either select "OS Boot Manager", which loads Windows 8, or "Ubuntu" which loads the Grub bootloader which allows me to select Windows 8 or Ubuntu.However, when I press F10 to enter the Bios Setup with the intention of changing the boot order permanently, the Ubuntu option isn't there. Instead it has OS Manager, USB Disk, CD Rom, USB CD Rom and Network Card.Thanks, HP for, the crappily designed BIOS.Anyway, can anyone PLEASE provide me a way of changing the boot order so that GRUB is loaded first and NOT this crap Windows 8 rubbish (that I would happily bin if I didn't need it for work). 

A:Changing Boot Order on Dual Boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu

Looks like HP forums are just as useful as HP customer service and HP computers - i.e., not very useful at all.Problem solved though. Took the piece of crap back for a full refund and won't be buying HP again.Happy days.Bye.

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Vista Wont Boot after changing MAX Mem in msconfig/boot/advancedoptions
 

A:Vista Wont Boot after changing MAX Mem in msconfig/boot/advancedoptions

Its saved in a file called boot.ini so if you can get a command promot you can edit that file.
i know this works with NT, XP ..etc worth a shot with Vista

Boot with Vista CD.
# Insert the Windows CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
# When you receive the “Press any key to boot from CD” message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
# When you receive the “Welcome to Setup” message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
# When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.
# At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen.
# At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER.
Also if you get access in DOS and are able to edit boot.ini you need to change:
/maxmem=number
 

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I am dual booting Win7 Ultimate x64 from a SSD and WinXP Pro x64 from a HDD. After POST, i get to a boot selection screen showing the XP 2003 Server edition (XP x64) and Win7. I could enter Win7 but the default is the setup so if I don't do anything the screen times out after 30 seconds, loads the setup, and BSOD. So whatever. I just use arrow up, select Win7 and I'm fine. BUT, I changed the timeout from 30 to 0 seconds in boot options and now I can't figure out how to get back into Win7. To enter XP, I have to press f11 and select the disk from boot options or else it enters setup and BSOD. I need help on getting settings changed so my PC will automatically boot into Win7 and booting into XP is done as it currently is.

Thanks

A:Dual Boot issues, changing default boot option

Try this: https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/ba...default-entry/

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setup is. my pc has been crashing lately (random blue screens and non blue screens). I ran Hd Sentential and it said that 1 of my hd's has 1 bad sector on the raid setup, so I got win7 installed on my 150gb raptor drive. It still crashes, but I want to remove the 2 other hds to see if that fixes my crashing problem.

The problem is the raptor drive is partition 2. so msconfig is set to partition 2. I need to edit it so it boots from partition 1 and i don't have to reinstall.

The kicker. I try to used the windows 7 disc to use their repair section of the disc, BUT my raid drivers always seem to fail. It works fine for installing, but not for this operation. Why i don't know i get a long list of the same named driver and none of them (haven't tried them all) seem to work.

Weird. AND EASYBDCD BLOWS for what i need done.

A:Need to change boot to remove 2 hd and make it boot to partition 1

You've got the right idea to remove RAID as we see nothing but problem with it and Win7. Reinstalling to a single HD set to boot first in BIOS setup is a good start. I'd remove RAID and wipe the other HD's to use as storage.

But your description is unclear so please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Tell us what is on each partition and what you want to do in a clear concise list. We will give you the steps to get it done easiest.

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I wanted to change the password that unlocks the computer when booting it up. It just takes more time than it should and what I have on the computer isn't that private. Also, I wanted to make a guest account for everyone else that needs to use my computer at the house. I just can't find the settings to do that, if anyone could help it'd be greatly apreciated. Thanks!













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A:Changing the boot up password and adding users on boot up pa...

@SirRomo, welcome to the forum. I have my computers set to Auto logon.  Like you, I don't need the security.  Here us a guide to help you set it up: Automatically logon without passwordThis is the easiest way to automatically login to Windows 10 without entering the password.Step 1: First step is to open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows logo and R keys (Windows+R). In the Run dialog box, type Netplwiz and then press Enter key. Step 2: In the resulting User Accounts dialog, select your user account first and then uncheck the option labelled Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Click Apply button to see Automatically sign in box.Step 3: In the Automatically sign in dialog, type your password and then re-enter the password to confirm the same. Finally, click OK button. Here is the guide with the above information. You can go into the Control Panel / System and Security / User Accounts / User Accounts / Manage another account.  There you can setup a Guest Account. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

When both disks are installed, I change the boot order to select the OS I want, and each OS sees and can use the files on either disk.

Am I asking for trouble here, or is this as clean as I think it is? What I want is one set of user document files which can be used from whichever OS has been booted.

A:Choosing which OS to boot by changing BIOS boot order

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pander1203


I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

When both disks are installed, I change the boot order to select the OS I want, and each OS sees and can use the files on either disk.

Am I asking for trouble here, or is this as clean as I think it is? What I want is one set of user document files which can be used from whichever OS has been booted.



There are no problems with doing it that way its just a PITA. with minimal work you can have a bootloader where all you have to do is click the OS you want to run. You need to use a tool like bcdedit. there are instructions for itis use here BCDEDIT - How to Use .How this helps and let us know if you need help with anything

Ken

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Recently there was a problem with my computer. It took really long to start up (Like 6-8 minutes) and it said that the autochekc program was missing. So I looked up on google on how to fix it. I read up on a forum that one way to fix it was to type a chkdsk / r in the "Run" command in the start menu.
Everything was fine until I turned off my computer. When I turned it back on it went to the screen asking me if i wanted to go to safe mode etc.
No matter what option I chose, it went to the Windows XP loading screen, stopped and restarted itself.
If anybody can help I'd really appreciate it

A:XP won't boot properly!

Hi Dbones,

Boot your computer to your Windows XP CD and on the main choose "R" to go to the recovery console. Perform a "Check Disk Repair" on your computer and after this process is finished, fix the master boot record.

The command for check disk repair is: "chkdsk /r" and the command for fixing the master boot record is "fixmbr". Make sure you type them in without any quotes.

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i have a computer that i recently installed windows xp on. I shut the computer down for the first time after installing windows that was all good but then when i started it up the next morning it wouldn't work.

it gets half way through loading windows then flashes blue and restarts.
after it restarts it gives me the screen were it says:
start windows normally
start windows safe mode etc.....

it will start in safe mode then i can start it normally after restarting it but i would like it just to boot up the first time

its a fairly old motherboard but the hard drives new and most of the other parts i have pulled out of not working computers

can any body help me
 

A:won't boot into xp properly

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