windows wont boot on new mobo

May 24, 2009 at 11:53:53
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
I bought a new motherboard to complete my new computer and all of the hardware works fine. When i start the com windows tries to boot but then crashes. I've tried many different methods of trying to fix it, mainly trying to format my hard drive. I've also tried reinstalling windows but i just shows an error and wont install. I've installed all the drivers that cam with the mobo but it still wont work. I restored my factory image that came with my computer (its a dell) and it still crashes. The hard drive in my new computer is the one that came with my dell XPS 410. Specs on my new computer
apeiva case.
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R/UD3 mobo
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
2 gigs of Crucible ram
500 watt ps
NVIDIA 8800 GTS Geforce video card
running vista without sevice pack 1(one of the many)

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May 24, 2009 at 13:21:54
"I restored my factory image that came with my computer (its a dell)"
You bought a new motherboard, therefore the Dell image & restoration disks are no longer usable or legal.
Due to the difference in hardware you can no longer use the Dell instalation, even if you managed to get it working, activation would fail, as it's tied to the Dell hardware.
The Dell software is not transferable to another machine, the new board makes it a new machine as far as the licence is concerned. Reusing the case does not make it a Dell.
You will now have to purchase a licenced Windows disk.

"running vista without sevice pack 1" Why?

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May 24, 2009 at 17:11:48
The first post beat me to the first question I was going to ask. Why no Service Pack 1? And I concur to all his/her other observations. Anytime you change an OEM Motherboard you've got a whole new self-built PC.

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