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Windows 7: Windows 7 cannot install, unable to boot to XP ERROR LOADING OS -help

07 Dec 2010   #1
ho0t

Windows Home x64, Windows XP Pro sp3
 
 
Windows 7 cannot install, unable to boot to XP ERROR LOADING OS -help

XP on one hard drive, and trying to install Win7 on brand new 500gb drive.

Loaded 7Ultimate and got to Install screen. Selected drive and made new partition. Clicked next. Received error:


Quote:
Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more info.
I don't know how to get to the logs, but what does this message mean? I have tried almost 6 or 7 times and even once with my 7 Home edition disk. Ran the startup repair a couple times. Tried formatting the drive from my XP Pro sp3 disk.


So now here's where the real problem comes in: ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM. Now I can't get back into XP! Tried booting from ERD Commander 05, but I get an error code 4096 with that, and "File SETUPREG.HIV could not be loaded".

How can I get XP back to booting properly? Maybe it's a faulty hard drive and needs returning. But it is extremely important that I get this computer back up and running immediately. Thank you in advance for any help, and let me know if you need more info on what I tried so far.

THANKS


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07 Dec 2010   #2
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

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07 Dec 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello ho0t, welcome to Seven Forums!



First: did you disconnect all the Hard Disk Drives (HDD) except the one you want to install Windows 7 to and set that one as the first boot device after the Optical Disk Drive (ODD) in the PC BIOS before you started the install; if that gets it working use the Windows 7 installer to first, delete then recreate and format the partition you created with the XP CD as there are some file system differences that may cause errors.
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07 Dec 2010   #4
ho0t

Windows Home x64, Windows XP Pro sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello ho0t, welcome to Seven Forums!
*laughing*, There was a USB device before the HDD, now I can install. *jumps up and down like a giddy school girl*

I was stupid to not do that in the beginning. =\ But from a problem like this one can learn all kinds of stuff about Win7 installation. I will check back here every now and then to see if I can help out with other people's issues.. if I am even capable.
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07 Dec 2010   #5
ho0t

Windows Home x64, Windows XP Pro sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post

You're awesome. I will save this link for the future.
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07 Dec 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



Good to see you found the solution and thanks for the update.
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