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Windows 7: Error 0xc0000428 occurs installing on wiped formatted hard drive

20 Sep 2011   #1

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Error 0xc0000428 occurs installing on wiped formatted hard drive

I'm puzzled .... When booting Windows 7 Home Premium, my daughter was consistently getting 0xc0000428 error code under windows boot manager (The error stated: A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damage) . To bypass the error I completely wiped out and reformatted the hard drive. However, when I boot the Windows 7 installation disc, error 0xc0000428 persists. If F8 or Enter is pressed the system reboots and loops back to error 0xc0000428. Why is error 0xc0000428 still occurring when installing if the drive is completely wiped out and reformatted? How do I disable Windows boot manager to proceed with the installation of Windows 7?
I searched all over this forum and other sites and have come up empty.
Any solution is appreciated


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20 Sep 2011   #2

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You may want to have a look at this, it would appear you didn't manage to get everything with the standard format.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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20 Sep 2011   #3
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It sounds like the disk is not booting, but trying to boot the HD instead. Have you set the DVD drive first to boot in BIOS setup, or are using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen to boot the DVD? Do you get the prompt to "Press any key to boot DVD?"

If so and it still doesn´t boot, where did you get the installer? If necessary confirm the ISO integrity and burn another using ImgBurn at 4x speed. Or write to flash stick using Ultra ISO trial version: On File tab Open DVD or ISO, on Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format, Write. Boot under USB, Removable or HD´s.

Boot sector corruption might also be the cause so next try wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean command in Magnus' link above.

Follow the steps in the Perfect Reinstall link in my signature picture below.
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20 Sep 2011   #4

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply Maguscreed. As you suggested I followed: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation. After cleaning the hard disk. The only noticeable change is that booting from the install disc I now get the message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD". But after that the same error appears. Any other suggestion is appreciated.
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20 Sep 2011   #5

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That was my best shot to be honest. I'm almost curious if you have a hardware issue now.
The error you are getting is generally attached to damaged or improper system files.
This shouldn't happen at the first step of installation.
Greg's post up above covers a few more things to try that I missed in the realm of just making sure you have done everything possible to pave the road for a proper reinstall.

Edit if you have a retail win 7 key to use, you may also want to try downloading and making a new installation disc.

http://techpp.com/2009/11/11/downloa...ownload-links/

That link will point you to where you can download all the various win 7 iso's from amazon directly.
This of course only works assuming you have a proper key for that version.

My guess would be she has a home premium key, that's what a majority of systems come with.
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20 Sep 2011   #6

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply Gregrocker. Yes, I get the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD". I have set the DVD drive to boot first in the BIOS and also tried to boot from the BIOS boot menu.
The integrity of the install disc is fine. In fact, have used it to install several times in the past on the same hard drive. As you suggested, perhaps I can try booting from a flash stick?

I already wiped the HD with Diskpart "clean all" command following Magnus' link. Perhaps the boot sector was not wiped?

Another thing that I should mention is that I can actually attach the HD to my desktop using an external enclosure and use the HD normally. What I cannot do is boot from it from the laptop.

Thanks again. Any other suggestions are appreciated.
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20 Sep 2011   #7
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The boot sector was wiped with the Clean All command.

Verify the same disk boots and will commence to install in another machine.

Remove all external devices from machine, including USB keyboards or mouse. Remove all other devices but HD and DVD drive from BIOS boot order list, physically remove Floppy Drive if it exists.

Check connections to DVD drive, clean it if necessary, try another DVD drive.

If DVD drive still prompts Press any key but will not boot to run then try the flash stick alternative.
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21 Sep 2011   #8

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions. Since the problem is on a laptop, I cannot remove any devices. I have attempted the flash stick alternative. But that gives "Bootmgr is missing". I even tried reconstructing the MBR with testdisk utility to no avail. I will explore some more and post any solution. Any further thoughts are welcome.
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21 Sep 2011   #9

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I'm starting to think you are dealing with a damaged hard drive here...
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21 Sep 2011   #10
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The error means the stick is not booting, but instead BIOS is trying to boot the HD. Did you write the DVD ISO to stick using Ultra ISO as suggested?

Let us know the result for each step given.

Magnus has a point: Test the HD with maker´s diagnostic/repair extended CD scan.
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