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Windows 7: 2 weeks of battle, I need help please...

02 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
2 weeks of battle, I need help please...

I have been running a home built computer for 1 1/2 years.
The only major problem I've had is the OS and bios intermitantly reading
my 6gb of memory as 4gb.
So I bought 3 more sticks (3x2gb same brand and model as my installed sticks).
Still same problem. I read somewhere that resetting your bios to factory can solve the 4gb/6gb problem.
WRONG.
This is where my major problem began!!!

My Windows 7 Pro 64bit no longer boots. I tried the Win DVD repairs, no luck.
I figured it was time to do a clean install anyway.
(this is the same OS and equipment that installed first time 18 months ago)

So...this is what happens... boot from a paid for Microsoft downloaded
Win 7 pro 64bit DVD (same DVD used to install prevous OS).
Press install, approx. 10 sec later, error message...

"Windows cannot open the required file x:\sources\install.wim.
Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.
Error code: 0x8007000D."

-I checked for anthing strange or different in bios
-I have the original ISO, so I burnt 1 at 4x, then tried it.
-Tried a store bought unused Win 7 home 64bit DVD.
(install.wim is present in all 3 Win 7 DVD's, as it should be)
-I upgraded my bios v801 to v1404 (latest for my Asus P6T M/B)
-I tried with nothing install/connected but a video card, (also with another card)
-I tried with an external DVD (internal disconnected)
-tested all memory with Memtest86+
-tried changing bios sata to AHCI from auto, also tried IDE
-I have tried with 2 different "Clean all & full formated" harddrives
None of these work
The install does not go past this point and never reaches the activation part.
(I have 2 good paid for CD Keys)

I keep getting the same error code
Any help please?

I've had computers since the C64 days,
I should be able to install an OS in my sleep.

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02 Aug 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Best to install Windows 7 with only 2gb ram installed.

For 12gb of ram, are sticks matching, have check on Asus for supported ram.
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02 Aug 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You could also try running the Crucial Memory Advisor Tool to see what RAM is recommended. Then shop around for the best price.

RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, SSD at Crucial.com
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02 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I have tried with one stick (2gb) of Asus approved memory, same results.
The six sticks of memory are all the same brand and model.
I bought 3 at a time in a matched set.
Thanks for the help so far...
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02 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Also, re-burn the DVD using ImgBurn at 4X speed. That and dropping to 2GB will probably resolve this.
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06 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Problem found! The 2 Win 7 DVD's (Pro & Home premium both 64bit)... The Home Premium was an upgrade, therefore unable to do a clean install (I'm sure it's possible with a hack). The Pro ISO was defective, 2.3gb instead of 3gb. I downloaded a new ISO, burned at 2x then verified...Presto I have a new install. Thanks to theog, marsmimar, and Ztruker (he was closest to solution) for your help.
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06 Aug 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mclancer, welcome to Seven Forums!


There are methods for doing a clean install with an upgrade version of Windows 7, in this tutorial linked below.


Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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06 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid good info
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06 Aug 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

My pleasure mate!
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06 Aug 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You are wecome.
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