New MB, Vid Card, CPU Installed... 1st Boot = Good, 2nd Boot = Not So Good

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chibahawk

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Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Basicly I booted once and everything seemed kosher.. my resolution was like 800x600 and I saw my old desktop and all. Then I moved the PC back to the shelf but I lost my video signal.

I redid the monitor connection and everything was cool again I thought, I got my video signal back but then I got hit with that error when trying to boot.

It's recognizing my HDD but it just won't boot Windows for some reason. Hope it's not too bad.
 

crjdriver

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Did you install a new motherboard and attempt to use the old install of windows?
When you install a new board [unless the new one is the same exact chipset as the old one] it requires one of two things.

1 A clean install or a repair install of windows.

OR

2 Follow a procedure for swapping boards; however this starts with the old board still installed so you really have only option 1.
 

chibahawk

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but how come it booted windows the first tiime?


will i lose old files on HDD through whatever I have to do now?
 

crjdriver

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It starts to boot and then detects all the new hardware. As I posted there is a procedure to follow to accomplish this task. You cannot just install a new board and expect an nt based os to boot.

You can try a repair install of windows. This leaves all installed apps and data intact. In any case I would pull the drive and slave it to the system you are using now. Copy any important data. Now reinstall the drive and do the install and or repair.
 
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