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Windows 7: Please help: Installation stops at "Expanding Windows Files 0%"

05 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Please help: Installation stops at "Expanding Windows Files 0%"

Hello, this is driving me crazy so if you happen to know something or someone who knows something about this, please help:

this aftertnoon I tried to re-install some games on my desktop computer (a recently assembled computer with intel i3 cpu, kingston ddr 3 2gb memroy chip*2, western digital 1 TB HDD, and Pioneer DVD RW, running on windows 7 ultimate 32 bit) because I couldn't load my saved games properly, but I put my game disc in the DVD ROM, during the installation I had numerous instances of "corrupt data source" or "I/O Error" and the like. I had no such problem the first time I installed the games using these discs (about 1 month ago), I tried putting these discs in my other laptop everything went smoothly. I suspect it is something wrong with my OS so I started to re-install windows 7 (probably the worst mistake I made this week). i inserted the windows 7 disc, everything was fine at the beginning, computer loaded the files, went into installation screen, i selected the language & locations, accepted license agreement, selected the partition to install, then clicked next, this is where problem started: loading windows files finished immediatley, but expanding windows files took forever ! It stayed at 0% for like 10 minutes I thought maybe this is how it was supposed to be so I left it there and went to the market. I was back 1.5 hour later and it was at 1%. I thought this was rediculous so I powered off the machine and ran the installation disc again, same problem. I used the same disc on the same computer 2 months ago and everything was smooth! I tweaked my BIOS here and there and re-run the installation a few times the problem persisted. So if someone have experienced similar problems or know what caused this, please help. I suspect it's either a problem with the DVD ROM or memory chips, I'm considering buying new ones to replace them.

Forgot to mention, the computer was running smoothly before except for one minor issue: everytime I start the machine after it has been powered off for longer than 10 hours (estimated), it gave an error or blue screen while entering windows 7 welcome/logon screen. If it's only been powered off for a few hours, I don't get this problem. And when I get the problem, pressing 'reset' button only sends it in an endless loop of the same pattern, I had to power off and then power on again, then the computer runs smoothly like nothing ever happened. I've had this problem since day 1 (2 months ago) and tried numerous means but never managed to get rid of it. Because it wasn't too great an issue, and I couldn't even demonstrate it to my vendors because I bought parts and assembled them myself, and couldn't figure out which part is causing this (also because I have to leave it powered off for a fixed amount time and then press start for this problem to occur), I sort of learnt to live with it. But now i suspect it might also be the memory chips.

And my system specs is here:
Intel i3 CPU on Intel H55 Motherboard,
2 x Kingston DDR3 2GB Memory chips (which i suspect is causing the problem),
1 Western Digital 1TB HDD (SATA),
1 Pioneer DVD RW (IDE) ,
1 ATI HD5770 Graphic card (PCI-E)

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05 Sep 2010   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

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05 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Yangust Welcome to sevenforums
Take out a stick of your ram and try to install. If no luck switch out with the other stick. Good luck to you with your problem.
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05 Sep 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Are you booting the Windows 7 DVD to try reinstall?

WHere did you get Windows 7 install DVD? Did you burn it yourself? Is it possibly dirty now? Can you burn another at 4 x speed with ImgBurn.

Test your RAM using memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes or overnight. Remove all but 2gb of Ram to try install, then swap RAM sticks.

Next test your HD using maker's full diag/repair CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. Check all cable connections, swap cables.

Do you have latest BIOS version update? If not install it now from OS. If so, then reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS Set SATA controller to AHCI in BIOS setup.

If you have a REcovery partition, try running it from Boot using steps in Manual. Make any Recovery disks from your Recovery partition, then try wiping your HD to clean reinstall from DVD which should autostart: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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