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Windows 7: trying to boot from flash drive --- PLEASE HELP

14 Nov 2011   #1

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trying to boot from flash drive --- PLEASE HELP

I have had 1000 issues, but i'm going to try and narrow it down. it seems like everytime I try to fix a computer, nothing ever just does what it is supposed to.

At the moment I created a boot drive out of my flash drive with windows 7. I set it to boot first on my bios and it loads but hangs up on the first background screen after the windows logo and nothing happens.

This info may help. I have two hard drives plugged in (IDE). the master is the one I want to do a clean install of windows. The slave drive already has windows and if I boot from it I can get to the desktop, but the problem is when I try to run the install from it and the computer restarts after the second step in the install for the main HD, it doesn't try to continue the install.

Ive been working on this for a week...please help.

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14 Nov 2011   #2

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Did you Check your PC with the Upgrade Advisor:

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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14 Nov 2011   #3
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Unplug all but the target HD, unplug all peripherals.

Write a confirmed ISO to flash stick using this tool with Windows 7 in the dropdown menu: Universal USB Installer
Boot under USB, Removable or HD in one-time BIOS Boot menu key given on first screen at boot.

Follow these steps: Clean Install Windows 7

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