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Windows 7: Unable to install Windows 7

30 Sep 2011   #1
sood1992

ubuntu
 
 
Unable to install Windows 7

I have uBuntu installed on my Compaq A933tu right now. I want to install Windows 7 but when I boot from a DVD I get a black screen and a blinking cursor.

When I boot from a USB Drive, I'm able to enter the setup and boot properly but when I click Custom Install, I get this error:

No drives were found .Click load driver to provide mass storage

When I browse, I'm unable to locate my hdd, it just show a drive which is the USB, cd rom etc but not my laptop HDD.


How do I install Windows 7. I'm fed up of ubuntu now.

Please help


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30 Sep 2011   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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30 Sep 2011   #3
nickyoung

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sood1992 View Post
I have uBuntu installed on my Compaq A933tu right now. I want to install Windows 7 but when I boot from a DVD I get a black screen and a blinking cursor.

When I boot from a USB Drive, I'm able to enter the setup and boot properly but when I click Custom Install, I get this error:

No drives were found .Click load driver to provide mass storage

When I browse, I'm unable to locate my hdd, it just show a drive which is the USB, cd rom etc but not my laptop HDD.


How do I install Windows 7. I'm fed up of ubuntu now.

Please help
The reason you get error "no drives were found" is because windows recognizes a NTFS file system. Ubuntu is on an EXT file system. And there is probably no unallocated partition space left since Ubuntu is using it all...

If you just want a Fresh Windows 7 install (wipe ubuntu completely), see GParted to delete existing partitions, create a new NTFS partition on the newly created free space, and then you can install windows on this unallocated partition space.
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30 Sep 2011   #4
sood1992

ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nickyoung View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sood1992 View Post
I have uBuntu installed on my Compaq A933tu right now. I want to install Windows 7 but when I boot from a DVD I get a black screen and a blinking cursor.

When I boot from a USB Drive, I'm able to enter the setup and boot properly but when I click Custom Install, I get this error:

No drives were found .Click load driver to provide mass storage

When I browse, I'm unable to locate my hdd, it just show a drive which is the USB, cd rom etc but not my laptop HDD.


How do I install Windows 7. I'm fed up of ubuntu now.

Please help
The reason you get error "no drives were found" is because windows recognizes a NTFS file system. Ubuntu is on an EXT file system. And there is probably no unallocated partition space left since Ubuntu is using it all...

If you just want a Fresh Windows 7 install (wipe ubuntu completely), see GParted to delete existing partitions, create a new NTFS partition on the newly created free space, and then you can install windows on this unallocated partition space.

Do I simply download the ISO ad then burn it to a disc and boot?
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30 Sep 2011   #5
nickyoung

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Yea. That's how most boot CDs work. Burn and boot. There are loads of boot tools and ISO images out there for doing stuff like this.
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30 Sep 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

Do a full clean & full format in command prompt.
1) Boot DVD & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT fs=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT


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10 Jan 2014   #7
kikloo

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hi,

I am in the same situation and I also did DISKPART instructions but to no avail. My problem is that I don't have a DVD. I am booting from USB flash drive. How do I install Windows from the USB flash drive and sort this problem out ?? Please help.

Thanks.
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