[Solved] Non-Destructive Re-Installation Of Win7?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by DeathStalker77, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    Hello all!

    Sadly, late last night my mobo (an Asus Z77) passed away - warranty replacement is shipping out Monday or Tuesday, but in the meantime (in order to get my "fix - like a junkie on heroin, lol!) I'm looking at doing a re-install of Windows, as I installed my OLD mobo (an Abit IP35 Pro). Unfortunately, there appear to be driver conflicts which prevent the current Windows installation from booting or being repaired :(

    Can I re-install Windows as a "repair" installation? Or do I just need to wipe the drive and re-install everything (I have a LOT) installed and it would be a bit of a pain to re-do it all.

    Thanks for any assistance! :)
     
  2. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    You're theoretically supposed to be able to install new hardware and have it re-descover all the things and reform the HAL,
    but in practice, I've found it to be damn near impossible to change a motherboard and not kill your installation.
     
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  3. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    That Paragon program worked like a charm! :D I can't thank you enough!

    I'll be able to do the same thing when my replacement mobo comes too!
     
  4. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Actualy this is now pretty easy, just boot with Hiren's boot cd, and launch the script fix_hdc ftom the tools menu.

    That's all
     
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