Solved Restore Windows 7 Image backup to different hardware specs

July 5, 2013 at 19:41:28
Specs: Windows 7
My CPU motherboard recently failed on me and refuse to boot. Before the failure, I had use the Windows 7 built in Windows backup to image my hdd that has the OS installed on. After I had replaced the spoil motherboard with a new one, I tried to restore the image back on the hdd. The restoration was successful but on reboot, I always get boot error and is unable to boot to desktop. Why is this so? Can someone elighten me?

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July 5, 2013 at 21:01:01
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If you got a different motherboard, then the hardware is different and your Windows 7 won't work after restoring it. You will have to reinstall fresh and move your data back if you got a different motherboard.

You've been helped by a 15 year old.

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July 5, 2013 at 23:02:41
Although that was true of earlier versions of Windows, 7 is normally fairly tolerant of being moved like this. But imaging software can sometimes have difficulties making a disk bootable. Which software did you use, and what is the exact error message?

At worst it should need a Repair Install rather than a full install. Also you will almost certainly need to reactivate Windows using your original install key.

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July 6, 2013 at 00:21:59
Hi warriors,

Please provide the error message.

If you have installed a new motherboard, please ensure that you update the drivers of the new motherboard with the disk of the motherboard.

Also, did you create a backup on the hard drive or on an external media?

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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