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Windows 7: Trying to install but XP boots

13 Jan 2011   #1
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Trying to install but XP boots

Hi.

Ready to start to install W7 Home Premium on my XP Home PC having passed the W7 upgrade advisor OK.

Full install not upgrade.

Have set BIOS to boot from CD as 1st, 2nd and also 3rd device for good measure and although I can hear disk spinning, XP boots up rather that W7 setup starting.

Anyone point me in the right direction please?

Thanks.


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13 Jan 2011   #2
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi and hello have a read of brinks tutorial How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7 Clean Install Windows 7
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13 Jan 2011   #3
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi there.
Yes have read the tutorials and in theory the W7 disk should boot as CD is set in BIOS but when I 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD' XP loads as normal rather than the W7 disk taking priority.
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13 Jan 2011   #4
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

ah i see are you using internal dvd/cd drive connected by sata to the motherboard? just asking because if you use a external usb dvd/cd player this does not work in my experience.
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13 Jan 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Griffmaster.



Just want to make sure you have seen this tutorial before you start this?

Clean Install Windows 7 : Ahead of XP


Here is another useful tutorial at the link below.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation



Also, have a look at this one.

How To Change the Drive Boot Priority in BIOS
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13 Jan 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Griffmaster View Post
Hi.

Ready to start to install W7 Home Premium on my XP Home PC having passed the W7 upgrade advisor OK.

Full install not upgrade.

Have set BIOS to boot from CD as 1st, 2nd and also 3rd device for good measure and although I can hear disk spinning, XP boots up rather that W7 setup starting.

Anyone point me in the right direction please?

Thanks.
Dual Booting is it possible/reliable
[Quote]I will be installing Windows 7 onto a new 1TB HDD shortly[quote]
Therefore XP can not boot.

1) Remove all HD's.
2) Set BIOS to DVD first boot.
3) Fit New HD, set BIOS to New HD 2nd boot.

Are you Dual booting?

Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums
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13 Jan 2011   #7
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Any specific ideas then as to why the CD drive spins as though ity is going to boot from there but is ignored and XP just starts as normal?

Don't want to put in a new HDD at this stage would rather wipe XP on this m/c.

BIOS definitely sey to CD Drive and not HDD.
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13 Jan 2011   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

How to Boot from DVD/CD drive

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD yourself?

Is this related to your previous Dual Boot thread?
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13 Jan 2011   #9
Griffmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks gregrocker, two seperate threads here.

The Dual boot question is for a different PC, (PC No 1) I have not got around to that one yet and my question on the dual boot issue has been answered.

This thread is for a different PC (PC No2) where I will not be dual booting i.e. it will only have W7 on it and XP is to be wiped from it in the process ~ I would normally let the Windows reformat the drive to do this but for some reason XP still booting from HDD although CD set in BIOS.

Hope this clears the confusion.
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13 Jan 2011   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Where did you get WIn? Did you burn it yourself? Has it been used to successfully install before? How do you plan to activate this install?

Win7 installer is a DVD, not CD. So to boot it you need a DVD or combo drive set first to boot in BIOS setup, or triggered by tapping the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at bootup.

You will want to wipe, not format the HD first as formatting erases nothing including corruption or infection. Wiping with one set of zeroes using Diskpart is recommended once you can boot the DVD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If you are still unable to boot the DVD using a DVD drive confirmed set first to boot, try another bootable DVD in it to see if the drive is faulty. If not then burn another DVD or check ISO source.

Next, try writing ISO to flash stick using Ultra ISO trial version: on File tab Open ISO, on Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format, Write. Boot under USB or HD's, wipe HD, Install.

You can also try wiping the HD using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which will autostart. Once wiped the DVD should likewise autostart if it is readable. http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
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