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Windows 7: Can't install Windows 7 after purging HD

07 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Can't install Windows 7 after purging HD

There was an issue with my HD so I thought I would purge the HDD as it had missing and corrupted windows files. However now I can install Windows 7, after the bios loads it just shows a cursor blinking (obviously the CD is in there). The only key I can press that works is F10 everything else does nothing. Any hints or tips?

Additional Info:
Laptop
Compac Presario v5000

Update:
I have tried the boot CD on another PC and installed the CD on that PC fine (after TRYING to use it on the laptop in question)
I have also tried other OS's i.e Ubuntu
I have also tried using an external drive

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07 Nov 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Salzus View Post
There was an issue with my HD so I thought I would purge the HDD as it had missing and corrupted windows files. However now I can install Windows 7, after the bios loads it just shows a cursor blinking (obviously the CD is in there). The only key I can press that works is F10 everything else does nothing. Any hints or tips?

Additional Info:
Laptop
Compac Presario v5000
Welcome to the forum,

Is your laptop configured to boot from the CD drive first?

Configuring the Boot Order in the System BIOS Compaq Presario V5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
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07 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Yes it is, on top of that I ran a Primary Hard Disk Self Test:
Quick - Pass
Comprehensive - Pass
S.M.A.R.T - Pass
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07 Nov 2011   #4
whs

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Can you boot from any other CD - e.g. a live Linux CD.
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07 Nov 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

How do you know the DVD is booting? Did you get a prompt to "Press Any Key to boot from DVD?"

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals, wipe the HD from the booted DVD: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

THen the DVD will autostart and you'll have a cleaner slate to work with.
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07 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Nope, I tried an Ubuntu CD and no luck. I used the Windows 7 CD for another laptop as I have 2 keys (this was after my failed attempts at the laptop in question).
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07 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

You need to press (and keep it pressed) F12 as soon as you see the initial HP screen to choose to boot from your DVD drive. You can release that key when you see the option to boot from DVD.
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07 Nov 2011   #8
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

F12 or ESC
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07 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7
 
 

I did a wipe
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07 Nov 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Doublecheck your BIOS settings: How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

If you wiped the HD and have no other HD"s attached to interfere, then the DVD if it is good should autostart.

If not then you'll need to check the DVD drive out or try another, or write the DVD or ISO file to flash stick to try install: Install UltraISO trial version, on File tab Open DVD, on Bootable Tab Write Disk Image, Format, Write, boot under USB, Removable or HD's.
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