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Solved: New motherboard and CPU- Reinstall Vista??

Q: Solved: New motherboard and CPU- Reinstall Vista??


I want to change the motherboard and CPU and was wondering if I have to reinstall Vista after changing these hardware.

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A:Solved: Reinstall Vista

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A:[SOLVED] Vista reinstall

Also there is no login and all safe modes do not work.
Safe mode booting stops at crcdisk.sys
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A:Solved: reinstall vista business

To continue from previous thread, is there a site where i can download wwindows vista business.
I have had no luck finding it without buying the programs again. which wont break the bank.
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A:[SOLVED] Reinstall Vista from Windows 7 RC

Thanks for all of your help everyone!
BTW, I was able to reinstall Vista from Windows 7 via. USB
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If I backed up my Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders to a different HDD, then backed up my registry to a different HDD, and then formated the disk with vista on and reinstalled it, then restore the program files and registry to the HDD with reinstalled vista on, will all my programs still work and function correctly.

Also, would it work with doing the same thing, apart from doing a full restore to an early point instead of reinstalling?

If not, how can I full restore or reinstall vita and keep all my programs without having to reinstall them all?

Please Help ASAP


A:Solved: I need to reinstall Vista. How can I keep my programs?

You can't. You'll have to reinstall all your programs.
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A:[SOLVED] Vista BSOD still, after Reinstall

Sorry, me again, can't find the edit post button, blind.....

Just to post the original message I got after the BS:


Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 6153

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: c5
BCP1: 01BD6750
BCP2: 00000002
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 8193C770
OS Version: 6_0_6002
Service Pack: 2_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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Microsoft Online Crash Analysis

So, I found the minidump file, and will upload, but I can't find the other two referenced files???

Thanks again...Dan
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A:Solved: reinstall vista prblems

in xp it was easy, but since vista uses BCD, the options are limited.
this might help
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Booting 'Windows Vista'​
fallback 1
find --set-root /bootmgr​
Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Windows NT/2000/XP'​
find --set-root /ntldr​
Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Enter Command Line'​
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A:[SOLVED] Driver not recognized in vista reinstall

and welcome to the Forum

What drive utility did you use that "(supposedly) repaired the hard drive" ?

Before wasteing anymore time on a drive that may be damaged, I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

See this for how to make a bootable cd
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You could go to the manufacture web site of the laptop and download the drivers save to disk or flash drive from the computer you are on now and transfer them to the laptop.
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A:Solved: help to reinstall VISTA OP on toshiba Satellite A100

Reinstalling is sometimes the best and fastest way to sort out a problem, but can also be a major time drain and source of frustration. If you prefer you could detail exactly what problem is prompting you to reinstall, and we could consider addressing that instead.

The process will empty your drive itself, which means that you don't have to do any wiping (unless you want to sell/give away the computer). It also means however that all programs and files on your computer will be lost. Make backups of important files (Documents, pictures, etc) before you reinstall.

Another point to bear in mind if you suspect a Virus caused the problem, is to ensure that you install Anti virus software immediately, before trying to replace your backups.


If you have two disks one will be for the Operating System (Windows) and the other will have Toshiba Software and drivers. Make sure that you use the Operating System Disk.

To use the recovery CD you have to boot from it--basically load its own Operating system which does the work of replacing Windows. You don't put it in while Windows is running--Windows very sensibly protects itself from being overwritten. When your computer first turns on and before you get to Windows, you should see the POST screen. At the bottom it prompts you to press F2 for Setup or F12; you have to press F12. Actually the easiest way is to repeatedly press F12 from the moment you turn it on until you get the menu.

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A:[SOLVED] How do I reinstall Vista after hard drive replacement?

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Error Received:
Heading: Microsoft visual C++ library

Body: Runtime Error!
Program C...

this application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way

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A:upgrading motherboard, ram & cpu - do i need to reinstall win 7?

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Run Showkey plus from this forum and it will tell you if your product key is retail or OEM:

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A:Replacement Motherboard--Do I need to reinstall OS?

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I already have all my Personal Files on a separate partition on the HD and I will be using the same processor and RAM. Thanks.

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Quote: Originally Posted by nabilalk

Hey all,

My mobo just failed so I am thinking about attempting a mobo swap without a reinstall.

I found this thread: Change Mobo and Processor without format ? where the OP reported success.

If I can get this working, are there any potential Cons that I should be aware of?

If I do have to reinstall how does the Repair reinstall differ than the Clean reinstall?

I already have all my Personal Files on a separate partition on the HD and I will be using the same processor and RAM. Thanks.

You shouldnt even have to do a repair, just install and see if it identifies everything. Have the latest mobo chipset and integrated stuff drivers downloaded and ready to go if you can. If Win7 doesnt recognize the new mobo then a repair is a 2nd option.

From your specs it appears this is a custom or homemade PC... if so you really shouldnt have any issues!
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Hello Les, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is activation your only issue at this point?

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Hello nikkibop

I think you have faulty RAM

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Thanks for your time.

Retail Vista Ultimate.
I tried Microsoft phone support and am put on hold for hours which is just a
waste of my time.

If I ever had Major problems in XP I could just to a repair install and all was fixed
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It looks like if you have problems with vista your just screwed totally.
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Hi KOz1,

Welcome to Vista x64 Forums.

I'm not sure how to resolve your game problem, but you can try doing a Repair install first, instead of a clean install, to see if that helps.

Repair Install For Vista

If not, then related links 1 and 2 in the above link will show you how to do a clean install with either a Full or Updgrade version of Vista.

Hope this helps you,
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A:Vista Reinstall

Have you tried starting it in SAFE MODE? (F8 during the boot up)

Quite common for many PC's to come without an Operating Disc as the Windows disc costs you extra bucks on top of the PC cost itself.

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I kind of feel you don't have an option other than to cough up for a new Vista OS disc. Make sure you don't buy the UPGRADE one - you will need the original full install disc! You can get them on Ebay from anywhere between $120 to $150 though the unusually cheap ones may be pirated and have no manual with them!

Most folks agree that Vista is far more stable when installed on a clean (formatted) hard drive so that supports the advice to buy the disc, format the drive and start afresh!

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A:Reinstall Vista

You could try this:

The serial number is likely to be in the Software hive.

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and welcome to the Forum

What Brand and Model is the pc? If a custom build, what brand and model Motherboard
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A:Reinstall of Vista

Originally Posted by Scutworker

I am running Vista Home 32bit on an Acer T180. I recently upgraded the CPU from an Athlon Sempron to a Athlon 64 X2. Now when I boot the PC, Vista freezes as it boots. I can still boot into Safe Mode and also using a Live Linux DVD. Also, surprisingly, sometimes Vista will boot and will run fine and both cores of the CPU are recognised.

I obviously need to solve this problem, but am unsure how to proceed.

After the PC freezes, I reset it and after a reboot am taken to a screen with the safe mode option that also advises using the Vista repair option.

I have a DVD of Vista (not an OEM, but without SP1) but I have installed SP1 on the PC.

So, what do I do?

Try installing chipset drivers if you haven't done it already

Originally Posted by Scutworker

If that is not possible, then I will reinstall Vista by booting from the DVD. I know this will mean reinstalling all my programs from scratch, but will all my MP3's, photos etc be preserved, or does Vista wipe the Harddisk?

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Hello davidmac and welcome to the forums

It sounds as if you've forgotten to format the drive prior to installing Windows. Try following this tutorial:

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

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A:Vista reinstall

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Hello Simon,

What brand is your computer? There may be an alternative method to booting into the recovery console for it.

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A:Vista Reinstall

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A:reinstall IE7 (vista)

Hi. . .

Check this link for IE7 resetting - but it does not include re-insstalling:

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Hi. . .

I would suggest that you first try a system restore -
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If the key is there, it is encrypted, anyway.

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A:reinstall vista


First remove your email address, unless you want spam, spam, spam.

Here is my list for computer methods to restore factory configuraion.

If it does not work, it will be shown in your compuer manual, hard cover or online.

Laptop Recovery Instructions - Tech Support Forum
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