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Windows 7: clean install (boot loop)


30 Sep 2010   #1
zack d

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
clean install (boot loop)

ok this is the second time i've installed win7 ultimate to my pc, its the x64 version

ok the reason i had to reinstall it was due to after removing linux i corrupted my mbr and didn't have anything important so i just reformated my drive and reinstalled windows


my issue is after the installation, it reboots at windows is setting up for first use, or freezes on windows is starting and reboots, i've checked around and read i may have to rename pcmcia.sys to pcmcia.bak

however when i try that either a: the file can not be located or B: syntax error

now the file is there in the drivers directory.

i do wish to get windows up and running asap. (thank you all for those who help)


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30 Sep 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello zack d, welcome to Seven Forums!






As you have been fooling around with Linux you'll need to clean-up the mess; have a look at the info below; be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

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30 Sep 2010   #3
zack d

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

edit nvm haven't clean all yet how long do you think a whole TB would take?
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30 Sep 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zack d View Post
edit nvm haven't clean all yet how long do you think a whole TB would take?


Close to 4 hours.
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30 Sep 2010   #5
zack d

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

it worked thank you so much, why didn't just formating the drive fix this?
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30 Sep 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm glad you found a solution and thanks for the update.



The Linux boot-loader "Grub" causes a lot of issues with Windows and the only way to over-come some of them is to over-write the "Grub" files the way this method does.
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30 Sep 2010   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

One thing I noticed about the diskpart commands is that the command "clean all" does not remove the partition breaks but the "clean" command does, or I should say that "clean all" did not remove the partition breaks for me. This was true on two different drives.

So it seems that to really clean a disk you need to first use the "clean" command then the "clean all" command.

Whats your take on this Bare Foot Kid?
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30 Sep 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
One thing I noticed about the diskpart commands is that the command "clean all" does not remove the partition breaks but the "clean" command does, or I should say that "clean all" did not remove the partition breaks for me. This was true on two different drives.

So it seems that to really clean a disk you need to first use the "clean" command then the "clean all" command.

Whats your take on this Bare Foot Kid?



Every time I've used it the drive is first marked as unallocated space and then zeroes are written to the entire HDD/SSD with the drive ending as unallocated space.

I assume this is why "clean all" cannot be done to a single partition on a HDD, IT WILL do the entire HDD/SSD; there has never been any kind of partition structure left when it has finished.

I have stopped the "clean all" about 10 minutes in to see and then the drive was still "unallocated" space.


There is a "partition specific" wipe "secure erase" function out-lined in Option Three of this tutorial at the link below if it is ever needed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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30 Sep 2010   #9
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Well the "clean all" command did clean the drive and everything but it didn't take down the partition drive letters. The partitions were all cleaned but the drive letters were still there when I went to install Windows and no amount of "clean all" commands would get rid of them which I thought was really strange, anyway using the "clean" command instantly took down the drive letters left over from when the partition was useable. Maybe they were stuck there for some reason.
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30 Sep 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again Rob.



That's interesting, if I can get some time, and can remember

I'll run some simulations in VirtualBox to see if I can replicate that.
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