Windows 7 not booting after moving hard drive to new laptop

emerald000

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My old Thinkpad T500 died a short while ago. I bought a second-hand laptop (Dell Inspiron 1545) and moved my hard drive to it.

I am dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows 7. Ubuntu works without any problem (I am typing this message on it), but Windows 7 crashes on boot with the error code:

STOP: 0x0000007B (0x80786B50, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

From what I have gathered, this message pops up because WIndows fails to access the boot device. I tried changing the SATA mode in the BIOS as a couple of persons mentionned, to no success.

Is there anything that can be done to save me from reinstalling Windows?
 

Hawkeye22

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I agree. Windows doesn't have the necessary chipset driver to run on that dell. Basically, it still thinks it's in a thinkpad. You will need to install the necessary drivers or reinstall windows.
 

emerald000

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I'll try to do so tonight.

PS: I find quite sad that the company that is Microsoft cannot handle changing hardware while an open-source project does without any problem.
 

Phillip Corcoran

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"I find quite sad that the company that is Microsoft cannot handle changing hardware while an open-source project does without any problem"

You are not comparing like with like.

Linux distros don't require Product Activation, Windows does.
When Windows is installed, a unique Hardware ID string is written to the Registry during Windows Setup.

When the motherboard changes (eg you move the drive to a different computer) the existing ID string is then invalid and a new one can only be created by running Windows Setup again (re-installing Windows).
 

TNRenagade

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**** Your 7B error is caused by not having the the Hard Drive (SATA) Configuration set correctly. Look for settings of AHCI or RAID or ATA. Try each one until the 7B error goes away. ****





 

USAFRet

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If you move a drive with an existing Windows OS from one PC to another, it often does not boot.
And then you get into the whole licensing issue.
 

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