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17 Aug 2011   #11
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Samurusawyer

I did everything up until "Custom Install". I do not recall selecting an option that would reformat the HD. I recall a notice that what was on the HD would be lost. HD reformat does not happen quickly; I think I should have noticed.

Next attempt I will pay more attention to this step. Thanks


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17 Aug 2011   #12
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi Dusty -

Besides the two hardware tests, what were the results of each of the other steps given below. Be sure to ask back if you have any further questions on how to perform a step, and keep us posted on each step as we have other steps based on the results.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I believe you said this is a retail DVD. Make sure is is clean with no smudges or scratches.

I'd write the DVD to flash stick using Ultra ISO trial version: On File tab, open DVD; on Bootable tab select Write Disk Image, Format, Write. Boot under USB or HD's using one-time BIOS boot menu key.

If same prob persists, check for newer BIOS version on computer or mobo Support Downloads webpage. If current, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

While in BIOS setup set SATA controller setting to AHCI to try install, then IDE if that fails.

Remove all but 2gb of RAM to try install. Swap RAM sticks. Test RAM: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Test your HD using maker's diag/repair extended CD scan: HD Diagnostics

From XP or the Install DVD Command Line accessed by pressing Shift + F10 at first screen, run Disk Check

Next try wiping the HD of possible boot sector corruption: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Report back the results of each step along with any questions to get them done.
I am toiling with the Ultra ISO task. So Far I have not been able to create either a flash stick or a CD with an image of the install CD.

I have not cleared the BIOS. I have spent a lot of time in the bios studying its configuration however. When I do this (reset it), will it be returned to a Raid 5 configuration. After a HD failure, I brought it back with three individual drives.
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17 Aug 2011   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below.


USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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17 Aug 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

Win7 is on a DVD, not a CD. How are you trying to burn a CD from the DVD using UltraISO?

Place DVD in drive, open UltraISO, select File tab, then Open DVD.

Once it shows the DVD as source, choose Boot tab, select Write Disk Image.

Now in the box which opens, make sure flash stick is detected in the dropdown.

Select Format button, then Write button.

Now boot under USB or HD's using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.
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17 Aug 2011   #15
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Win7 is on a DVD, not a CD. How are you trying to burn a CD from the DVD using UltraISO?

Place DVD in drive, open UltraISO, select File tab, then Open DVD.

Once it shows the DVD as source, choose Boot tab, select Write Disk Image.

Now in the box which opens, make sure flash stick is detected in the dropdown.

Select Format button, then Write button.

Now boot under USB or HD's using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.
I have long been confused by the variety of DVDs and CDs available and I guess this is another case. Being an old fossel, I have yet to make the transition into this extreme high tech world.

I am not even sure I have the right hardware now; but I must because I did get part way into the install using the Windows 7 disc.

Are IsoBurn and UltraISO equally usable in this discussion?

PS: Regardless of the answer: I now have a 4G flash stick in the other computer undergoing what I hope to be an image burn of Windows 7 Home Premium (onto the flash).

Other than trying to boot from it, how do know that I have a successful transfer?

Your instructions were excellent Greg. Even someone with my difficulties was able to follow along.

Thank you

PS Again: I may have the answer. There now appears to be alternating activity at both the flash stick and the DVD which I interpret to probably be a verification process that hopefully alleviates my concern.
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17 Aug 2011   #16
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 
Considering a Dual Boot

If I was to decide that I wanted a dual boot configuration, does the following link detail what I need to do to repartition my hard drive?

I have 140GB drive with nothing on it except XP. If I was to dual boot, this is where it should go, RIGHT???
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17 Aug 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Follow Method One here to shrink XP in DIsk management, then boot Win7 installer to install to install to partition you created: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Reboot while tapping the Asus F8 key to get a BIOS Boot Menu, look for the flash stick listed under USB, Removable or HD's. Choose it to boot. If there is any failure please post back everything that transpires including exact wording of error messages.

Let's get installer to boot because if you install Win7 from XP it will take another letter permanently whereas installed from boot it will always assume C no matter which OS you're booted into.
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17 Aug 2011   #18
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Follow Method One here to shrink XP in DIsk management, then boot Win7 installer to install to install to partition you created: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Reboot while tapping the Asus F8 key to get a BIOS Boot Menu, look for the flash stick listed under USB, Removable or HD's. Choose it to boot. If there is any failure please post back everything that transpires including exact wording of error messages.

Let's get installer to boot because if you install Win7 from XP it will take another letter permanently whereas installed from boot it will always assume C no matter which OS you're booted into.
You may have just indirectly answered this question but just in case I'll ask anyhow.

Could my Windows 7 Installation problem be because I did not reformat the HD when given the opportunity (Custom Option)?
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17 Aug 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

Not really. The installer will format the chosen partition whether you do or not.

Are you able to boot the flash stick yet? Does it show your partitions and allow you to choose one?
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17 Aug 2011   #20
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Not really. The installer will format the chosen partition whether you do or not.

Are you able to boot the flash stick yet? Does it show your partitions and allow you to choose one?
I have the flash stick - if I can take the Ultra Iso verification results at face value but I have not yet attempted to boot.

Sorry that I am so slow at this but I have missed so many details in my previous attempts. There is so much valuable data available in this forum. I am even learning a lot about XP. Example: I just now learned that I can reformat selected drives from Storage/Disk Management.
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