OK - need some suggestions from Windows-savvy folks.
I have changed the motherboard & CPU on a personal desktop system. In these days of motherboards with Everything included, that means I have also changed the LAN card and the video. The old mobo was an ASRock 350 with an AMD CPU and the new one is an Intel DH77DF with a Core-i5.
The machine now boots to the BIOS setup screen, recognizes all the RAM and the disks.
Starting to boot Windows 7, it blue-screens and flips to Startup Recovery. Startup Recovery finds nothing wrong. The blue-screen happens before I can get the system to recognize F8 to go into safe mode.
Intel provided a driver disk with a dedicated install utility, so I cannot simply grab drivers, of course, that would be too easy.
I made this same switch on another system but I was prepared to do a metal-up rebuild of Windows on that one. I am trying very hard to avoid the same on this system. After building fresh Windows on the first one, running the Intel Express utility did indeed activate all the hardware which now performs beautifully.
Any suggestions on how to replace whatever was AMD/ASRock specific with either generic or Intel-specific drivers, at least enough to get booted? Without blowing the existing Windows install away.