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Windows 7: windows 7 setup cannot continue due to a corrupted installation file

04 Mar 2013   #1
jonneymendoza

windows 7
 
 
windows 7 setup cannot continue due to a corrupted installation file

Hi. as the title says i keep getting this error whenever i try to install a fresh copy of windows 7.

it displays this error on the "installing updates" step

List of things i have tried:
  • Buning another dvd copy of windows
  • Enabling Sata insted of AHCI i think its called under BIOS
  • creating a bootable USB ISO of windows

The windows 7 iso works perfectly fine on 3 laptops i have reformated recently but on my own Dell xps 15 laptop it simply wont install it due to this error.

it previously had windows 8 which i have wiped out whilst formating the SSD hard drive.

Any suggestions?


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04 Mar 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

All I can suggest is to make an image of one of the 3 laptops (take the one that is the closest to yours - in specification terms) and dump the image on the SSD. You may have to redo the activation with the key on the COA sticker which is on the bottom of your laptop. And do not forget to also image the 100MB system partition. That you need too.

Then when everything is rolling and you have the essential programs installed, take another image which you can use in case you ever need to reinstall again. For imaging I recommend free Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium
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04 Mar 2013   #3
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Jonney

What did you use to create the USB ISO

Try this Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
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04 Mar 2013   #4
jonneymendoza

windows 7
 
 

i used a app called ISO to USB.
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04 Mar 2013   #5
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Is the ISO you created or is it a download from digital river
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04 Mar 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I doubt it is a problem with the .iso. It gets stuck with the updates. But then you never know.
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04 Mar 2013   #7
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

The files are inside the ISO . So it's the ISO .
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05 Mar 2013   #8
jonneymendoza

windows 7
 
 

anyway of editing the iso to remove the windows update files and just installing a vanilla win 7 ?
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05 Mar 2013   #9
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

What you could do is use Diskpart to create the bootable USB Flash drive . Then copy the contents to the flash drive .

Tool: UltraIso
download

To create the bootable USB drive . Open up a elevated command prompt and run Diskpart .

Note   Note
To open an Elevated command prompt . Click on type in CMD in the search box once CMD comes up under Programs (1) right click on CMD and choose Run as administrator
Tip   Tip
You may also press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER then press ALT+Y to bypass the User Account Control Window


Type in
Note   Note
Don't forget to press Enter after all the commands. Enter the commands one at a time .


Code:
 DISKPART
Code:
 LIST DISK
Code:
 SELECT DISK #
Note   Note
# is the number of the USB . Some cases the USB drive is Disk 1


Code:
 CLEAN
Note   Note
The CLEAN command will wipe the USB flash Drive


Code:
 CREATE PRIMARY PARTITION
Code:
 SELECT PARTITION 1
Code:
 ACTIVE
Code:
 FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
Code:
 assign
Note   Note
The ASSIGN command will assign the Flash drive a letter .


Code:
 EXIT
Code:
 EXIT
Note   Note
The 2nd EXIT will close the command prompt
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