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Windows 7: Error booting from Win7 Install Disk

30 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Error booting from Win7 Install Disk


I'm doing an upgrade from 32 bit XP to 32 bit Windows 7 on a Dell Dimension 8300 desktop. I've run the upgrade advisor. The desktop has 2 hard drives and a RAID controller configured in Stripe (RAID 0).

I bought the Windows 7 Home Premium family pack (3 installs) and did the XP to Windows 7 upgrade on two laptops; so I think the disk is okay. When I start the upgrade for a clean install on the desktop I get a "f1 to retry boot f2 for setup" message from the BIOS indicating that it does not seem to recognize the Windows 7 install disk in the CD. I've check the CD reader and it seems to read the files without a problem. I can start the Windows 7 install within XP but that does not work for the clean install, I need to start from the boot. There is a second DVD ROM drive on the system but that does not work either.

I wonder if the problem has to do with the BIOS or the RAID controller that prevents the system from seeing the optical drives during BOOT.

Any suggestions are appreciated.


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31 May 2011   #2

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Try reseting your BIOS.
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31 May 2011   #3

Windows 8 Core X64

Break the RAID array. Install to a single drive, use the other for backup.
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