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Windows 7: Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7


26 Jun 2011   #1

32 bit windows vista
 
 
Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7

My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs down and gets stuck on the install files and cycles over and over and never goes anywhere. I also performed a start up repair and it cycles over and over for hours on end, please help!


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26 Jun 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome freakyfrowe

I assume from your specs this is an acer laptop. Check this thread for a lot of ideas.

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Disconnect all not necesssary USB devices, printers, ext monitors, TVs, etc.

Also this Tutorial on Clean Install with upgrade disc



Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


Edit: Optimize Hard Drive for Install

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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26 Jun 2011   #3

32 bit windows vista
 
 

and no we don't have the vista recovery discs
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26 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Wipe the HD from the DVD Command Line to see if it solves the issue:
Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
DISKPART At PC Startup

If not reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

While in BIOS, set SATA controller setting to AHCI.

Next remove all but 2gb of RAM to try install.

Report back for more steps if needed.
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28 Jun 2011   #5

32 bit windows vista
 
 

I am have tried to reset CMOS settings, and cleaned my HD and created a new partition that holds the whole 500gb and tried to format it and it won't. I am going to try to reset or fix my bootmng and see if that works because I think that was what was corrupt to begin. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong when I am cleaning and formatting my HD? I ran the pc repair and it ran for a total of 13 hrs and said everything was repaired but when i ran the install, it said the HD was not formatted, please help!!!
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28 Jun 2011   #6

32 bit windows vista
 
 

how would I remove all the ram except 2 gb?
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28 Jun 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

If you clean the HD you have wiped the boot sector so there is no need to correct it. What is the exact error or stall now?

You only need to boot the installer, choose CUstom install, use Drive Options to partition as you wish. I would create a 100gb partition to install Windows 7 onto, format and install.

Ignore the 100mb boot partition it creates as it conveniently places the Repair console normally only on the DVD or Repari CD on the F8 Advanced Boot Options so is worth having.

You can change the size, add and format new partitions later in Disk Mgmt.

Here's how to remove all but 2gb of RAM: Reseating your RAM, Video Card, and Hard Drive Youtube

If you need to know ahead what you have installed and its configuration, run http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/
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28 Jun 2011   #8

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have you read this tutorial Doc Brown linked you to?
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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28 Jun 2011   #9

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freakyfrowe View Post
how would I remove all the ram except 2 gb?

Here is a video on installing additional ram memory. Just think backwards so that you only have one ram stick intalled.

How To...Install RAM on a Laptop [Video] - How To
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29 Jun 2011   #10

32 bit windows vista
 
 

ok so i had more issues, everytime i booted the pc up it would show no operating system, and then the dvd drive wouldn't boot, reset the bios and picked dvd as primary to boot 3 times restarted and same message, i gave up i think the hd crapped out so i went and bought a new hd and i am now running windows install, although it seems to be stuck on expanding files or does it take a long time?
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