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Windows 7: Win 7 installed perfectly. But will not boot.

29 Jan 2011   #1
razrman

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Win 7 installed perfectly. But will not boot.

Hi all,

My system config is:
  • Intel Pentium D 925
  • MSI G33M 7357 motherboard
  • Transcend 2*1GB DDR2 800 + 2GB DDR2 800 RAM
  • Western Digital 250GB SATA boot disk.
  • Sony IDE DVD-RW
  • CoolerMaster Case and CM 500W PSU.

The system was running XP SP2 very fine. Till, I decided to migrate to 7 and thats when the long story started. . .

To begin a clean install, I wiped my HDD (on another machine) using HDD Wipe.

Then i proceeded with installing Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. The installation (took about 20 mins) proceeded smoothly. After finishing, when I try to boot my PC, it gets stuck on 'Starting Windows' screen. One interesting thing to note is that at this screen, till the animation (4 dots merging to form windows logo) is on, the HDD light on the case keeps flickering (i guess something is loading). After this point, the light stops and the screen is stuck here. I read online that first time might take time, so I tried leaving it on for about an hour too.

In BIOS, I have tried disabling the floppy drive, and on board stuff like firewire, LAN, sound. I did not try disabling USB cuz I have a USB keyboard and mouse.

I have absolutely no clue as to what must be going wrong. Can someone please help me out?

Razrman

P.S. I did run the Win 7 compatibility adviser and only went ahead when everything was fine.


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29 Jan 2011   #2
boyans

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP
 
 

Can you boot to safe mode ?
(on boot-menu select "Windows 7" type <F8> and select safe mode)
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29 Jan 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try with only 2g of ram.
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29 Jan 2011   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you can get into Safe Mode, update the drivers in Device Manager.

Did you update the BIOS to latest version? What is the SATA controller setting in BIOS setup?

Try booting into Repair console to run repair if offered, if not click through to Startup Repair to run a few times.

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD yourself?
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29 Jan 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello razrman, welcome to Seven Forums!



Do you have a PS2 K/B and mouse you could try, that may be the issue.
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29 Jan 2011   #6
razrman

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Hey guys,

Thank you all who offered help.

Well, I cant boot into safe mode too. It hangs at disk.sys

I tried a recovery. But that hangs too.

Tried with 2Gigs of RAM. Same result.

I will try with a PS/2 keyboard mouse and post.

Where should I check the SATA controller setting?
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29 Jan 2011   #7
razrman

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

UPDATE: I thought of giving it one last go. I removed the 2 sticks of 1GB RAM; now the system was on only a 2GB stick. Tried to keep it as simple as possible. This time I used diskpart command during Win 7 installation and used clean all command to prepare the HDD. It worked! Installed like a charm!

After getting into Windows, I thought first I should get all drivers up and running. So I installed the chipset, lan, audio drivers. After finishing, I restarted the PC and alas! Same problem again.
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29 Jan 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Perhaps it likes the drivers the installer uses rather than the ones you 'updated' to.


If you're game, run another clean all and do another reinstall and look in device manager after the install to see if any drivers are missing before you add any.

Also as soon as the install finishes, start menu, all programs, Windows update, change settings, set it to never check and do the updates in groups of 2 or 3 at a time to single that out also and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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29 Jan 2011   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Why would you change out the drivers given by the Win7 installer unless there is a performance reason to do so?

This is not XP. MS spent a fortune getting the drivers into installer or quckly updated via optional Windows Updates.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-your-hardware
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29 Jan 2011   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by razrman View Post
UPDATE: I thought of giving it one last go. I removed the 2 sticks of 1GB RAM; now the system was on only a 2GB stick. Tried to keep it as simple as possible. This time I used diskpart command during Win 7 installation and used clean all command to prepare the HDD. It worked! Installed like a charm!

After getting into Windows, I thought first I should get all drivers up and running. So I installed the chipset, lan, audio drivers. After finishing, I restarted the PC and alas! Same problem again.
Install drivers one at a time with a reboot for each driver.
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