moving to new motherboard problem

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    Hi, I have a problem and I'm wondering if someone can help me here. My computer crashed recently and it turned out to be the motherboard which is an old board (Asus P532-E SLI). And it is not made for Windows 8.1 really.

    Now I've bought another used board and the computer won't boot up and I keep searching the internet and found that with a new major hardware change that Windows won't start. I have been told that my only solution is a fresh install. I have backed up everything.

    How can I recover my activation for Windows and Office 2013?
    Thank you.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum.
    Tough situation.
    You might try something like this....
    SOURCE: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
     
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    Hi, thank you. I came to the conclusion that my only easy option is to do a fresh install, I tried installing Window 8 and it does go as far as showing the Windows Logo and then it freezes. I cleared the BIOS and still the installation freezes at the beginning. I searched on the internet and read that it could be a hardware issue. I tried to install Windows 7 and during installation it gave the error message PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and then when I googled it, it said it was a hardware problem again. Could it be this motherboard (P5QL/EPU) I purchased second hand from Amazon? I will source another copy of XP and if that doesn't install then surely it is going back!
     
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    With those types of error messages, it's pretty much a crap shoot a second hand mother board could be the issue.
    It could be a memory issue, you may want to try with a single stick of memory and even try by alternating a single stick in different slots and alternate sticks in alternate slots. Make sure that there isn't a memory compatibility issue, Windows 7 was very picky about cross matching memory with different specs, where as Windows XP was much more forgiving in that respect.
    It could be a hard drive issue. If you can, slave or otherwise connect that hard disk to another machine and run chkdsk with the /R switch and see what it comes up with.... any bad bits / sectors could be an issue.
     
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    Thank you, yes it is true it is the motherboard - it has taken me 3 days. I found out by taking another board from another computer and it worked straight away.
     
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