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I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm gonna try here...

So, I got a new PC. It had a Windows 10 trial version on it, and since I'm not rich, I decided to install my current Windows 7 on it instead.
HOWEVER
I forgot to check compatibility and such. As it turns out, my motherboard (Gigabyte 100-series) is compatible with Win7, but you need to add USB drivers to the ISO before installing. I will mention, I have no optical drive in my new PC.
I only noticed the USB thing afterwards, and now I can't really do anything. It won't register USB inputs, so I can't install drivers. It does not have drivers for any internet connections, either. I do have a Windows.old folder, which I was hoping I could use to install the drivers I needed. Maybe I'm just an idiot?
Either way, any help would be appreciated, as I'm now sitting here with a PC that's basically not working.

Can anyone help me?
 

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Hi IFailAtPC, and welcome to TSG.

I may not have a solution available, but it might help someone here to help you if you told us the manufacturer and full model number of the PC and motherboard.

Computers sold by major computer manufacturers to home users typically come with a fully licensed version of MS-Windows that is not a trial version. There may be an offer to pay for an upgrade.

Exactly how did you install Windows 7?
 

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I don't know about the PC, to be honest. I bought it from Fierce PC. The motherboard is a Gigabyte H110M-S2H I think it was. It's not a custom build, as I'm not really that good with that stuff.

This one did NOT come with a licensed Windows. It's listed as being sold with no OS, but it did have a Win10 trial, as I said before.

I installed the Win7 from an ISO file, to get a trial version to activate later.
 

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It's listed as being sold with no OS
Then what did you hope to install on it? About the only thing you can install is linux.

I installed the Win7 from an ISO file
I decided to install my current Windows 7
Unfortunately, you can not install Windows 7 running on one computer to a 2nd computer unless you are a business and purchase volume licenses.
If your first computer is a name brand, chances are it is an OEM install and is tied to that particular computer.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...omputers/00f07c2f-35bf-489d-a11e-6cd1c37bef03
 

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I was hoping to install Win7, obviously, but as you noted I can only have my copy running on one PC at a time, which I did not know.
After hours of trying to fix my problem, I'm finally giving in and getting Win10. Topic closed, idiot out!
 
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