Windows 7 Problems

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macandipodfan, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. macandipodfan macrumors member

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    A few months ago, I bought Windows 7 to install on my Macbook (early '08 2.1GHZ). I installed all the drivers and it worked great.

    Since then, I have upgraded to a newer Macbook (Fall '08 Aluminum 2GHZ). I took the hard drive out of my old Macbook and put it in the new one.
    Mac OS X boots up fine, but when I try to boot Windows 7, it flashes the BSOD then restarts.

    I'm guessing it's some sort of a driver issue, but I'm not quite sure how to go about fixing it.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Reinstall Windows. You will have to reactivate which may require a call to MS. There is a specific Windows on the Mac forum here. You should probably report your thread to a mod to have it moved there for better exposure.
     
  3. macandipodfan thread starter macrumors member

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    Crap, do I really have to reinstall?

    Anyway, I've reported it so it'll get moved.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    If you're lucky a repair (initiated from the Windows install disc) will do it.

    Otherwise, I was reading some articles about P2V migrations (physical to virtual) and it looked like there were some strategies to "genericise" the drivers before doing that.

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  5. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    You might consider reinstalling into a virtual machine instead. Much more portable. There's a negligible hit in speed in most non-gaming usage, more than offset IMHO with the loveliness of being able to hot-key between your OS X and Win7 environments. I do this all the time in my late '06 original-issue MacBook Pro, with its feeble 2GB maximum RAM and Core Duo (not Core 2 Duo) processor. Runs like a hose.
     
  6. macandipodfan thread starter macrumors member

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    I already tried a repair from the disc - didn't work.

    My main use for Windows is gaming, so I can't use a VM.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    Then reinstall away!

    Next time figure out the prep you need to do, image the drive, genericise drivers, etc... to make it go smoother.

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  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    You moved a hard drive from one computer to another. You absolutely should reformat. You should reformat the whole drive and reinstall both OS X and Windows. It'll take you a few hours to reformat/reinstall everything and set up any settings vs. trail and error with drivers, fixing minor random bugs, troubleshooting, etc. Never take the lazy way out, always do a reformat. You'll thank yourself in the long run. Doing this will actually save you more time, believe it or not.
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Sometimes pressing F8 during the bootup and booting Windows into Safe Mode allows you to reinstall drivers. I would think your installation is too fubared to allow even this, however.
     

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