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Computer help needed please!

I have a laptop running Windows 7 32bit.  It is dead and un-repairable with a motherboard issue that shuts it down within a minute or so of starting and then immeadiately you hit the power button.  I need to use a program on the C drive that can not easily be replaced. Call this "Machine 1"

I bought a second identical good laptop ("Machine 2") and installed the drives and memory cards from Machine 1 into Machine 2.

Machine 2 will boot up, but only into diagnostic mode.  Windows recognises the hardware change and will not start.
Several attempts at running the startup fix and various tries at starting from different restore points have not worked.

SO ...
1) Is there any way to get the software to recognise its new home and boot up?
2) Would swapping the CPU from Machine 1 into Machine 2 get the software to boot in Machine 2?
3) Is there another alternative?



What brand is laptop #1? Sounds like maybe a dead motherboard battery.

Re: motherboard

No, the motherboard battery is fine. It's been through a trip to the service center and they say it is dead.

It's a Gateway P-6860FX, so it's a few years old.

I already have the replacement in hand, it's just getting the "new" computer to work with the "old" hard drives.

Re: motherboard

You may have to rig up the old HD as an external drive and try to run the software or copy it that way.
Can you get into safe mode? Was thinking you could get into that and removing all drivers from the laptop so windows could re-find them again when it is next rebooted.

The only other option is to use a HDD that works on your 2nd laptop, install windows and try to copy from the other HDD in a USB external box to try and run the software.

What software is it anyways?
AutoCAD 2010. It was installed while I was working in architecture by the office. I do not have the software or keys to reinstall it. If I did it would be no problem.

Edited at 2015-11-08 01:09 pm (UTC)