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Windows "failed to load" after new motherboard and CPU


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Alwoot

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I sent this to gigabyte so I'll copy and paste

I upgraded my old AMD CPU to a i7, got a new motherboard to go with it, I installed it, and all I get is 2 seconds of Windows loading up, it says "Windows failed to load" and then it sends me to the "Start windows diagnostics" or something and "Start Windows" which if click the diagnostics, it runs for 10 minutes, says it's been fixed, and loads up windows and crashes, and "start windows" just crashes it again. Long story short, I'm dumb and didn't install any motherboard drivers, and I have a OEM windows, so basically am I screwed until I can get a disc version of windows? Or is my Hard Drive truly just messed up, i tried going back to my old motherboard to load up windows and yet again, this time it said that the hard drive 'loaded up' but couldn't start anything from it, or something along the lines of that. I'm really tired, and my fingers hurt from fiddling with my PC, any suggestions? If you need anything that I didn't include, feel free to ask, but I'm almost certain it's either 1. My windows 2. My HDD or 3. A combination of both.
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Any thoughts on this? Will I have to buy a new windows 7 disc? New HDD? I have (had) Windows 7 64 bit, with a GTX 980 Ti, Gaming 5 motherboard from GIGABYTE, i7 4790k, 8gb of vengeance ram, and a seagate barracuda 2 tb hard drive
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Normally you need to install from scratch.  There are several files that are loaded

during setup for an AMD CPU that are different for an Intel. hal.dll comes to mind.

 

Usually the chipset drivers can be loaded after the first boot of a new Windows.  

 

Perhaps you can find a friend with the same version of Win 7 who still has his disk and try a repair install with the new motherboard?  


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I see, I think I can fix that, but now I have a new problem. I plugged in everything, did some cable management, etc, but when I turned it on, the PSU fan spinned, CPU fanned spinned, and then it suddenly stopped. The motherboard no longer even lights up! I'm so frustrated that I spent close to $500 and now I have no computer..
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Undo the cable management.  Check for loose connections.Disconnect everything except the mobo, fan see if you get lights.


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Unfortunately I've already 'given up' and packed all of the stuff back into their boxes. I think tomorrow I'll return this back to microcenter and on Friday or so, I'll get a new different mobo, new and different cpu cooler, and the 4790k again, while also getting a h440 or whatever case for better cable management. If I have any problems THEN, I'll come back, but I appreciate the quick help. Right now, I'm actually installing windows 10 on that HDD and I have a thumb drive with the windows 10 download from microsoft, so hopefully next time I can 'reinstall' or 'repair' windows using it. Think that'll work?
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Your best bet with any CPU and board change is a fresh install. Why don't you wait till you get the new components and then install win 10?


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Your best bet with any CPU and board change is a fresh install. Why don't you wait till you get the new components and then install win 10?

Haha! When I got home from work early, I was feeling good and I decided to put all of it back together (very shoddily) on my desk, and it works! Too bad I destroyed my case in the process. I installed windows 10 last night, I plugged in the new stuff, I saw the windows 10 logo pop up...I felt happy/anxious at the same time, but after 5 minutes of loading and it saying something like "installing new files," it actually worked! Now I just need to find the 20 minutes to drive to my nearest microcenter to switch out these parts :/.


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