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I'm trying to boot into my laptop's hard drive on my desktop for some things, but when it says Winddows starting as soon as the logo comes up the PC automatically restarts? What's going on here? I put it in an external enclosure and accessed some of my files. Why won't Windows boot on this computer?

asked May 13 '11 at 16:34

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The Windows install you are trying to load is for a different computer. Windows uses it for piracy protection it detect the hardware in your computer at start up and if it is different than what you installed it as it won't boot. This was put into Windows starting with XP.

answered May 13 '11 at 16:39

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Aw really? I wasn't aware of that. That's actually quite stupid.

(May 13 '11 at 16:41) The Boss The%20Boss's gravatar image

Ya. Why do you need to boot the other drive?

(May 13 '11 at 16:44) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

Laptop died and not enough space on this pc to back that stuff off the hard drive lol. so I was trying to boot it up on this comp to back it up to the external.

(May 13 '11 at 16:47) The Boss The%20Boss's gravatar image

You could run a version of Linux on a flash drive or something.

(May 13 '11 at 16:55) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image
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You can boot Windows from a foreign drive, it just wants you to re-activate Windows when it boots.

(May 13 '11 at 18:10) Josh_M Josh_M's gravatar image

Not if the hardware is too different like if they are to different types of processor.

(May 13 '11 at 18:38) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image
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If your laptop has a different brand of processor than the desktop, this will cause problems. Also, sometimes AMD processors have trouble with a certain Windows update. This shouldn't be a problem since your laptop booted fine until it died.

You say that your laptop died, do you mean that it won't turn on or it won't boot? If it won't boot, that could mean that your hard drive is bad which would explain why you are having trouble getting to your data.

Sometimes you cannot boot by using an external hard drive. Try putting that hard drive into the desktop and booting like that. This will only work if your laptop drive is SATA though.

You can hit F8 when the computer goes to boot like you would if you were going to Safe Mode. Instead of Safe Mode, select Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure. This should stop at the BSOD and keep the computer running and allow you to see what error it is giving.

answered May 13 '11 at 18:08

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edited May 13 '11 at 18:09

The board is fried. (7 month old Dell, go figure). But the processors were both Intel, so it shouldn't be so different. Although, I just realized I was trying to boot a 64 bit Windows 7 on this PC.This is what the PC has IA-64 Technology No Intel64 (EM64T) Yes So...is it 64 bit compatible?

(May 13 '11 at 18:20) The Boss The%20Boss's gravatar image

What processor is in your desktop? If it isn't 64 bit capable, this could be whats happening.

Have you called Dell about a replacement board for the laptop yet?

(May 13 '11 at 18:29) Josh_M Josh_M's gravatar image

The processor in the desktop is an old Celeron D. Like I said, PC Wizard said the CPU doesn't have IA-64 Technology, but it has Intel64, whatever that is. And, of course I contacted dell about it, but their customer service is horrible. Been trying to contact and get a decent result for the past 2 days, however I haven't gotten a solid answer on what is going to happen. I'm under 3 years extended warranty, also. So they better do something about it.

(May 13 '11 at 18:32) The Boss The%20Boss's gravatar image

They usually send a technician to your house to replace the board. Sometimes they make you ship it to them though.

The IA-64 technology is for server processors. It stands for Itanium. If you have something saying that it is Intel64, then it should support that version of Windows. Keep in mind that Intel released the Celeron D's across several generations so you really should use the serial number for the processor to look that information up.

(May 13 '11 at 18:42) Josh_M Josh_M's gravatar image

Ugh, so it should work. But it's not. Maybe the hardware is too different.

(May 13 '11 at 18:46) The Boss The%20Boss's gravatar image

The main issue is the drivers. I would say that it is looking for the laptop parts, mainly the chipset and graphics and can't find them. I know that when I had a laptop and a desktop with almost identical chipsets I could boot both from both, then when I changed the desktop motherboard to a higher chipset, the same thing would no longer work.

If the Chipset in the desktop is AMD/Intel and that of the laptop is the other, then you have no chance whatsoever. Just boot with the normal os and the laptop drive in an enclosure and then copy what you need over to another external hard drive.

answered May 13 '11 at 20:03

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Haha, unfortunately, not everyone has more than one external.

(May 13 '11 at 20:10) The Boss The%20Boss's gravatar image

The main issue is the drivers. I would say that it is looking for the laptop parts, mainly the chipset and graphics and can't find them. I know that when I had a laptop and a desktop with almost identical chipsets I could boot both from both, then when I changed the desktop motherboard to a higher chipset, the same thing would no longer work.

If the Chipset in the desktop is AMD/Intel and that of the laptop is the other, then you have no chance whatsoever. Just boot with the normal os and the laptop drive in an enclosure and then copy what you need over to another external hard drive.

answered May 13 '11 at 20:03

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