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Windows 7: Please Offer Advice on Installation

10 Jun 2009   #21

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

I'm back. In Vistax64SP2.

I haven't run into anything major. Been a few problems with drivers, but most get fixed. Really only one way to find out for sure. You shouldn't have any major problems since your system is relatively new. Most people here think this is the best OS Microsoft has ever built.

Have fun.

Gary

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10 Jun 2009   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Congrats... How is Vista SP2? I'm still on SP1... am I supposed to upgrade?
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10 Jun 2009   #23

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Running great here. Still haven't got it all set up or programs installed though. From what I've heard it is faster and better, so going to give it a bit of a workout. So far I would recommend it.

Gary
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11 Jun 2009   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ahh, so close yet so far. The backup which took a good 8 hours finished, so I went ahead to use the built-in partition software with Vista, but it's telling me that I only have about 5gb available to shrink even though there's 123gb free. And I know that this is usable space because I've recently filled it all the way with videos and had no problem. I then proceeded to download Easeus Partition Master as mentioned earlier, but it told me I can't run it on 64-bit. So now I'm surfing the net for a different program. I've vowed not to sleep until I see Windows 7 boot up on my laptop On the other hand, while mingling around in the Disk Management under the control panel, I noticed that the D: drive actually had the name of the inserted CD in it! This marks the first time my computer has actually read a CD that I've put into it. I found it funny how I never noticed this defect until about 3 months after purchasing my computer. Shows how even CD's are going out of date! Anyways, back to my quest. I'll post some results when they come in
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11 Jun 2009   #25

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900
 
 

Ok, You've asked ALOTTA questions here, I'll try to get to all of them, let me know if I missed any:

First, I want to recommend FRESH install. upgrading, you risk losing all your Vista stuff, and will be subject to the terms of the RC (whether or not M$ allows you to UPG to final after this year's up) You will NOT have an oppertunity to 'downgrade' back to vista, unless you've straight imaged your hard drive. (restore images... maybe)

Fresh installing windows, your given a very easy-to-understand install utility that comes on the ISO disc. after creating a seperate partition (30+gig, although I recommend cutting your drive in half) you really shouldn't re-partition very often, try to do this only once, and leave the partition in place, even if you decide to un-install later. After setting up a different partition, and installing Windows 7, which is a painless process, the build will automatically set up dual-booting for your Windows 7 and Vista partitions.

Thumb drive method is the absolute best method for installing Windows 7. try that first. Your second option is DVD-RW's, and lastly the DVD-R. Although you might have to try a couple times if your using the DVD-R's. Heck, you might even have to download it more than once.... just a heads-up. You can NOT mount an image for Windows 7 as far as I'm aware.

all Data will be accessable from either partition, although if the data is under a User that has a password, you will have to type it in. while data is cross-readable, all OS-dependant (excluding CMD-based programs that doesen't rely on the OS) Programs will have to be re-installed. Only Data-files can be shared, such as music, movies, documents, saved games etc.

16GB is the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM to install. Dont do this. you'll have a hard time expanding the partition later, try to partition only once. if your planning on just deleting, and not using Windows 7, go ahead and give it 30GB. if you would like to spend some time on it, just cut your disc in half.

Let me know if I missed anything...

-D
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11 Jun 2009   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Have any of you used EASEUS to do the partition before? I set it up to do 2 tasks.. First downsize the C drive from about 300gb to 265gb, and then take the free 35gb and form a W: drive which I put in as a primary drive with the name Windows 7. I restarted my machine and the process began.. It took well over an hour to reach 99% on the shrinking step alone, and has now been stuck at 99% for about 20 minutes. The current operation bar has also been stuck at 94% and the overall progress stuck at 47%. I do see the dots blinking and some occassional flickering, so it looks like the program is doing something, but I'm starting to get nervous. Is this normal for it to take so long? What can I do if this really did freeze up? I'm typing this on my blackberry as I am now computerless for the time being. Ahh! Why isn't it making progress
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11 Jun 2009   #27

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yaco78 View Post
Have any of you used EASEUS to do the partition before? I set it up to do 2 tasks.. First downsize the C drive from about 300gb to 265gb, and then take the free 35gb and form a W: drive which I put in as a primary drive with the name Windows 7. I restarted my machine and the process began.. It took well over an hour to reach 99% on the shrinking step alone, and has now been stuck at 99% for about 20 minutes. The current operation bar has also been stuck at 94% and the overall progress stuck at 47%. I do see the dots blinking and some occassional flickering, so it looks like the program is doing something, but I'm starting to get nervous. Is this normal for it to take so long? What can I do if this really did freeze up? I'm typing this on my blackberry as I am now computerless for the time being. Ahh! Why isn't it making progress
Leave your PC on overnight, see if it will recover. other than that, your probably ganna lose alot of data, and possibly your hard disk.

You shouldn't perform more than 5-10 partition changes in a hard disk's LIFETIME. you should decide how you want the disk while it's completely clean, section off the disk, and call it good. resizing so many times will kill it.

I hope it recovers... you should let Windows 7 do your partition editing if you can get back from it.

-D
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11 Jun 2009   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ok update, after another 20-30 minutes it finished the last percent, then immediately zipped through the creation of the W drive, saying it was successful. Then windows started to boot up and I was taken to a screen saying how windows failed to start due to a hardware failure. It is not attempting repairs, I have no idea what's going to happen now... And in response to the last comment, this is the first partition that has been done. My machine came with vista and I attempted to create this to dual run Windows 7. I don't know what to do. All I see is a startup repair window with a blue line that keeps scrolling by showing that its attempting some kind of repair I don't know how to install a new hard drive
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11 Jun 2009   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Also, the reason I didn't use the vista partitioning program was because it said I only had like 5gb free when really there were over 120 free. Could this have been part of the problem?
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11 Jun 2009   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

More bad news.. The repair thing failed. I opened the diagnosis and this is what it said at the bottom

Root cause found:
Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.

Repair action: system files integrity check and repair
Result: failed. Error code =0x490

....Update...
As I was typing that, I chose to restart again instead of recover, and a message came up from the easeus program saying batch files successfully updated! And now it just booted up, although it wants me to reset again.. One min. Well the drive is there, and my computer is in tact.. But damn that was scary! Well time for the installation hopefully it will go a little smoother than the partition. I hate this stuff
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