Computer died last night - How to use Win 8 install again

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  1. vinoman

    vinoman Senior Member

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    Computer died last night - How to use Win 8 install again [solved]

    Last night I had a computer crash and the motherboard is dead. :(

    what do I do to use my hard drive again on another computer that I will buy so I can use this install of windows 8 again?
     
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  2. Andrius Ilg

    Andrius Ilg New Member

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    If you may would like to use your hard drive on a new computer, you may wish to buy motherboard with same specification and with same model/brand. That would be the easiest way.

    If you will purchase a completely different motherboard, you can still try accessing your installation of your win 8, but still there is a risk of system crash.
     
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    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    I recently changed motherboards upgrading and just connected everything back up. The system booted fine although I did perform a clean install regardless. Depending on the age of the failed MoBo, you might want to upgrade to a more recent board.
     
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    Thanks. I picked up another recycled PC, a Dell Optiplex 760 w/4GB RAM. Linux Mint 13 runs great on one hdd, I'll give Win 8 a try and see what happens. ;)
     
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    ... ended up calling MS and told them what happened and they reactivated my copy of Win 8 on the Optiplex. I also was able to find the ATI drivers and Win 8 is running very well on this recycled PC. :)

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    Thanks for the follow up and glad to hear your all good.
     

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