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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Charper2013, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Charper2013

    Charper2013 New Member

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    Ok well.. Heres my situation... I'm recycling my hard drive and im building a new system.. I don't have a way to reinstall windows... and I know I don't 100% HAVE to do it... From when I get my hardware to playing L4D :D what do I need to do... Ive heard go into safe mode and clean drivers.. How do I do that... Help!!!
     
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    you want to reinstall windows? pop-in the windows CD and put you ODD 1st in boot sequence :D
     
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    No... Read it over...
     
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    You could try it with DriverCleaner, but I can't guarantee it will work correctly, plus uninstalling too much stuff might also not be too good.

    Download DriverCleaner or whatever other cleaner application. Install etc.

    At boot, press F8 to go to the Windows Startup Menu and select Safe Mode.

    Run DriverCleaner and clean out all the stuff you're leaving behind.

    If there is still stuff left you need gone, go to Device Manager, do a right-click on the device you want to get rid of and select "Uninstall"...

    After you're all done, reboot into Safe Mode again, doublecheck, then Shutdown.

    Install your HDD in your new machine.

    Rejoice :D
     
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    hmm.... my english must be degrading :p sry, don't really understand what you want.... stupid montreal laws forced me into a french school since the past 5 years :(
     
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    He wants to reuse his old HD with windows on it without doing a reformat/OS install.

    Persoanally, I don't think it's possible to do without having driver issues. And even at that, the first time windows boots up, it's gonna detect the major hardware change and deactivate.
     
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    WHAT HE MEANS IS - He can't RE-INSTALL windows but HE wants to use his current Windows that's on his computer now in his new computer
     
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    Ohhhhhhhhhhh I get it... thxs you two... buw wouldn't you need similar hardware in that case?
    and Charper... hate to say this but... there are others ways to get any windows at the best price ever... (0$)... hopefully no mods will see this post :p
     
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    Mods see everything...

    And yes, the Windows Feedback Program is an excellent legitimate way to get free copies of Windows :p
     
  10. Thrackan

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    Well as I said, you basically have to clean out every single driver connected to your motherboard, and if you're changing other stuff like graphics cards etc. you need to get them off too.

    If it is at all possible to migrate your Windows like this, my best guess is to do it in safe mode as I described.
     

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