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Windows 7: Windows Startup Repair query

10 May 2015   #81
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Is it possible that the Max installer be corrupted in any way? Try redownloading it?
Another thing comes to mind, did you restart PC after you made the changes to folders? Not sure if necessary but doesn't hurt to try.

Also check Preparing your System for Installation | Installation, Activation & Licensing | Autodesk Knowledge Network
The installer should be fine, I had installed I had installed it on the SSD a few weeks back.But when I got the additional HDD installed yesterday, I did an uninstall of Max. But now it just will not work. I did a restart before the install too yes. No luck

Greg, when the install did eventually finish (without any errors given btw), it created folders in the old location - C:\Users\User\Documents\3dsMax

And also in the new one - F:\My Documents\3dsMax. Something is definitely up, it should only put the files in the new one, F.




Here is a screen grab to help:




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10 May 2015   #82
gregrocker

 

In addition see if the program has a Custom install where you can choose paths as many do, then point it to C:\ root or your Documents folder.
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11 May 2015   #83
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In addition see if the program has a Custom install where you can choose paths as many do, then point it to C:\ root or your Documents folder.
As far as I know, I couldn't change the path to where it was installing which was C: drive, my SSD. I think it was greyed out and I couldn't change it. I will check again when home.

A friend suggested to try this:
  1. Uninstall Max yet again.
  2. Point my user folders back to their default location on C:
  3. Remove the second hard drive from my PC.
  4. Install 3ds Max again.
  5. Then, put the other hard drive back in and point the user folders to that.

It's worth a shot.
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11 May 2015   #84
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi again,

I'm installing Max again now, the separate hard drive has been removed from the PC and the installed has been running for about 40 mins now. Before it even finished, I know something is up and this install looks like it will be corrupt again. I will let it finish anyway and post back. The crazy thing is, I installed it on the same SSD a few days after I bought the PC and it too about 15-20 mins I reckon.

Something has seriously messed up on me and I don't know where to start in order to fix it.

I will be calling Dell about it, but want to ask would a complete wipe be a good option? I don't have the disc for Windows that is installed on it. Can it be factory reset without it?

Also - if I did wipe it, does that mean all drivers and other things are deleted and need to be fetched and installed again?

Any help will be great, thanks.
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11 May 2015   #85
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The install just finished and it still crashes when it gets to the main UI. Here is the window message at the end of the install, this is totally bizarre stuff.


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Windows Startup Repair query-3ds_max_install_window.jpg  
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11 May 2015   #86
gregrocker

 

If you have less than a perfect install or if this is still the crappy factory install then you can indeed benefit greatly from a Clean Reinstall Windows 7. It compiles everything that works best in tens of thousands of installs we've directly helped with here, and has been followed by 1.5 million consumers without a single complaint.

Be sure to read the Special Note for Dells Owners at the end.
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12 May 2015   #87
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you have less than a perfect install or if this is still the crappy factory install then you can indeed benefit greatly from a Clean Reinstall Windows 7. It compiles everything that works best in tens of thousands of installs we've directly helped with here, and has been followed by 1.5 million consumers without a single complaint.

Be sure to read the Special Note for Dells Owners at the end.
Cheers for the link Greg, I will go through that. Just a bit of back story to my case I'd like to share:

When I bought the PC, it had Windows 8 on it, so I asked for it to be downgraded to Windows 7 and there was some issue with the raid card and Dell had to supply a driver to fix the problem. This was the company in the UK who I bought the PC from.

I just hope that if I wipe it, (and that looks like it's the best bet) - that there is no real issues with stuff 'not working' like drivers and other components. I am just not very knowledgeable on this type of stuff.

A friend in work tells me he has a Dell Precision also, think his is a model below mine. He said when he bought his he tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate and it wouldn't take it so he had to get Windows 7 Professional installed. That's what is on mine, Windows 7 Professional. The way these are built must be a bit different to the standard PC. I just hope I can get it fixed.
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12 May 2015   #88
gregrocker

 

I would not install Win7 to RAID which we only see problems with in WIn7 - never a single good report, regular bad ones.

I don't know why they'd go to a bunch of trouble with a RAID card and driver since it's undesirable, doesn't speed things up, and isn't even Redundant (the first letter of it's name!) since most lose all data if they lose one drive.

So I'd unplug any second drive and RAID card, set SATA controller to AHCI and follow the steps in Clean Reinstall Windows 7. The driver steps are printed in red so you dont' miss them since some try to apply XPired methods and get in trouble. But nobody who's followed those steps has ever reported back a single complaint about their install.

If you have installation failure then Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

Remember that for a Win8 PC you must enter BIOS setup to disable Secure Boot, boot the Win7 disk as a UEFI device, delete all partitions or wipe the drive with Diskpart Clean Command before install as discussed in Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

There is no difference between Win7 Ultimate, Professional or Home Premium except a few extra expensive unlocked features that are already there. They are the same exact OS.
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12 May 2015   #89
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would not install Win7 to RAID which we only see problems with in WIn7 - never a single good report, regular bad ones.

I don't know why they'd go to a bunch of trouble with a RAID card and driver since it's undesirable, doesn't speed things up, and isn't even Redundant (the first letter of it's name!) since most lose all data if they lose one drive.

So I'd unplug any second drive and RAID card, set SATA controller to AHCI and follow the steps in Clean Reinstall Windows 7. The driver steps are printed in red so you dont' miss them since some try to apply XPired methods and get in trouble. But nobody who's followed those steps has ever reported back a single complaint about their install.

If you have installation failure then Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

Remember that for a Win8 PC you must enter BIOS setup to disable Secure Boot, boot the Win7 disk as a UEFI device, delete all partitions or wipe the drive with Diskpart Clean Command before install as discussed in Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

There is no difference between Win7 Ultimate, Professional or Home Premium except a few extra expensive unlocked features that are already there. They are the same exact OS.
Cheers for this Greg, very helpful. I can understand bits of it. Just about the raid card. God only knows why they did that. If that is removed is there any reason that Windows would not boot? Would that have been put there for a specific reason?

Also, to set SATA controller to AHCI, is this done in the BIOS? Will this boost performance in any way?

Sorry for all the questions, it's just that I'm a bit freaked by this whole thing, it's a mess.
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12 May 2015   #90
gregrocker

 

AHCI is a SATA controller setting you may have in BIOS setup. It is optimal for Win7.

A RAID card will normally popup something at boot. See if you can select it and disable. If not look for any RAID in BIOS. If in doubt ask back. Camera snaps will help. Attach with paper clip icon in reply box.
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