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Windows 7: Windows 7 install requires BIOS update, no operating system to boot


01 Apr 2012   #1
Ranger619

 
 
Windows 7 install requires BIOS update, no operating system to boot

I have searched and been unable to find the information.

Specs are HP G60-445DX
3GB RAM
AMD Turion X2, 64 bit
Etc.

Upgrading from Vista Home Premium that was reset to factory specs in hopes of repairing "local only" issue on network.

Here's what is happening, booted from Windows 7 Ultimate burned ISO image on DVD RW, followed the instructions on this site for a clean install. Performed clean all on disk 0, set a partition and followed the install instructions. Expansion of Windows remained at 0% for 2 hours, I understood there were known issues however I have retried to do another clean install but am unable to boot from DVD although everything is set to do so including resetting CMOS battery.

It has come to my attention that I am required to update my BIOS from f3c to f54 to install W7, unfortunatly I have no idea how to do so now that I have no operating system on this HDD.

When trying to boot from DVD I am now getting the status of: 0xc00000e9.
Prior to this, the system would boot and freeze when loading files, now the system either promts with this message or will inform me bootmgr is missing or worse, shut down.

I'm doing this all from my phone and am at a loss as to what the proper step would be to get on the right track or if I am SOL.


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02 Apr 2012   #2
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You should be able to find a DOS version of your BIOS and flash it from a bootable thumbdrive or disc.

Never mind. I thought I'd help you out by linking to the DOS flash utility but apparently there isn't one...

Hopefully someone will have a better solution.


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02 Apr 2012   #3
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Do you have the original installation disks for the OS that shipped with your system. It appears that with HP you have to have an OS to update bios. These are their instructions. If you can reinstall Vista, update the bios and then install Windows 7. You should be able to boot from the DVD, but you can make a bootable USB installation drive to install windows. The bootable USB should work for Vista also.
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02 Apr 2012   #4
Ranger619

 
 

I was thinking the same thing however as with most HP products from my experience, and I have had 3 different machines; I have never had the discs come with the computer. I do know that somewhere I have a very old version of XP but it is unlikely I will be able to find it.



I may try using my girlfriends computer to download Vista from a torrent site and recovering that way as I cannot even acess recovery mode now via F11. Would I even be able to boot from a disk regardless of the OS image burned in it with this current situation?

Also why would everything have worked the first time without an update in my BIOS or is that the probable reason for the hang up. I wish there was a disclaimer or warning that informs of this possible mistake as it isn't obvious until the damage is done.
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02 Apr 2012   #5
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Try burning the Win 7 disc again at the slowest possible speed. Lots of times it's the media itself that is the problem.
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02 Apr 2012   #6
Ranger619

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Try burning the Win 7 disc again at the slowest possible speed. Lots of times it's the media itself that is the problem.
I burned it twice, on a dual layer and regular RW incase their was an issue since I only have 1 computer. It was burned at 2x to insure there wasn't a problem. I'm 100% sure it is still the BIOS since the version I have does not support 7 according to the HP website.
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02 Apr 2012   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger619 View Post
...I'm 100% sure it is still the BIOS since the version I have does not support 7 according to the HP website.
I wouldn't disagree, especially after reading that one of the features of the new BIOS was "added OS support".

Can you try the bootable USB method that essenbe suggested? I had a computer with no DVD drive and that did the trick just fine.

If that doesn't work, see if you can copy the contents of the WIN 7 DVD straight to the hard drive and install from there, even if you have to transfer it to the thumbdrive via another computer. I haven't done that for years, but it used to be a great way to set up multiple identical machines.
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02 Apr 2012   #8
Ranger619

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger619 View Post
...I'm 100% sure it is still the BIOS since the version I have does not support 7 according to the HP website.
I wouldn't disagree, especially after reading that one of the features of the new BIOS was "added OS support".

Can you try the bootable USB method that essenbe suggested? I had a computer with no DVD drive and that did the trick just fine.

If that doesn't work, see if you can copy the contents of the WIN 7 DVD straight to the hard drive and install from there, even if you have to transfer it to the thumbdrive via another computer. I haven't done that for years, but it used to be a great way to set up multiple identical machines.
I'm not sure I follow what you mean by copying the contents straight to the HD, I wouldn't know the first step since to my knowledge I would need some kind of installer? I can try the USB method, would I basically be copy paste the iso file to the USB or would I have to find a way to "burn" the image to it... but wouldn't the problem still persist with the bios version or is it some kind of workaround.


EDIT: Never mind, I read the how to on a bootable usb but I still am unsure if this will work over the DVD boot without an update?
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02 Apr 2012   #9
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You'd need some sort of bootable disc (such as a Linux distro) to manage the copying method if you went the "disc-to-drive and then install from there" route.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger619 View Post
...I read the how to on a bootable usb but I still am unsure if this will work over the DVD boot without an update?
Looking at your first post, the DVD drive and/or disc seems to be the problem. It either can't decompress the files from the disc or can't boot at all. Taking the drive and disc out of the equation via USB might do it.
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02 Apr 2012   #10
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

You can make the USB by hand , using diskpart. We can tell you the commands if you need them. First you are going to need a computer with a DVD drive and at least a 4Gb USB.

Here is how you do it by hand. Put the Instal disk in the drive. If autorun starts close it. Put the usb in the computer. Click start, type cmd in the search box, in the cmd that appears, right click it and select run as administrator. In the window that opens type these commands exactly as you see them. You will notice the size of the drives and which is your USB. use the number assigned to your USB.and press enter after each one.

-format-usb.jpg

Type exit again and press enter.

Open computer and take note of the drive letter of the USB, Open the DVD drive, don't run it, just open it to see the files. Highlight and copy each one. Open the USB drive and click paste.

You now have a USB installation media.


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