Windows cant boot after changing motherboard

Posted on 2014-07-18
Last Modified: 2014-07-31
i had to change the motherboard from a Gigabyte H87m-HD3 to a Gigabyte H97m- D3H

Windows no will not boot

i want to try and avoid a format

is there any way i can get it to boot ?
Question by:dpmitsolutions
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    Accepted Solution

    What version of Windows? Is it OEM or not? If it is OEM, where are you located?

    OEM versions of Windows can't be moved to other hardware without violating the m$ terms of use, unless you are located in the EU or European countries like Switzerland which are closely affiliated with the EU. A move to other hardware need re-activation, so unless you are in one of those countries I just mentioned, you won't be able to reactivate the OS. A mainboard change to a different model is a big hardware change which requires re-activation, unless the manufacturer specifically sent you the new board as a specific replacement for the old one and guaranteed that you can use the old OEM key.

    If the above doesn't apply to you, try using Paragon's Rescue kit, it should be able to fix boot problems and you should also be able to load the board's disk controller drivers through it.

    If that doesn't work, use Paragon's Drive copy professional to migrate the contents of the original HD to a new one. With this tool you have the option to restore to different hardware.

    Author Closing Comment

    Couldn't fix the problem but i used the software to backup the data before formatting and reinstalling Win7

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