Blue screen of death after transfering hard drive

By ry27917 ·
I just transferred my hard drive from my old computer to one that I built recently and when I boot up Windows 7 it gives me the blue screen of death if I'm not mistaken. When this happens, the blue screen comes up and then disappears so quickly that I can't see what it says. I also have a Linux Ubuntu dual boot setup on this hard drive and I can boot Ubuntu just fine(I'm actually on Ubuntu right now). Any ideas on what might be causing this?

Computer specs:

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 Evo
Ram: 6GB
Graphics: 2 Amd Radeon HD 7850's
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1045T Processor × 6

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by TheChas In reply to Blue screen of death afte ...

Unless the hardware is VERY similar between the two computers, you cannot expect to move a Windows hard drive between computers and have Windows boot up.

The first thing to consider is licensing. If the old computer was a name brand system, or you used an OEM license, that license is tied to the original hardware. You MUST purchase and install a new license for the new computer.

Best option is to perform a clean installation of Windows.

Second best is to prepare the drive for moving.
In the old system, boot up. Enter Device Manager and uninstall all of the hardware devices that will be different in the new system. After the last device is uninstalled, shut down the computer.

Now, with the drive in the new computer, you MUST boot into Safe-Mode the first time you boot up. After Windows sorts out the hardware configuration in Safe-Mode, you can then restart into normal mode and start installing the proper drivers.

I always start with the chip-set drivers, and then the graphics driver. The order of the other device drivers should not be critical.

You can also expect a Windows Activation event when moving a drive between systems. If you moved from a name brand system to a home built, I would expect activation to fail and you will need to purchase a new Windows license.


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