Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: New Hard Drive -- Windows 7 Installation Hangs

07 Jun 2012   #1
CTGallD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
New Hard Drive -- Windows 7 Installation Hangs

Hello everyone,

Just bought a new hard drive due to my old one was failing. This is the same exact hard drive I had.

Whenever I try installing windows 7, it "completes", then the screen blinks skips, and skips the "Create a user account" and just hangs at "Completing Installation".

I thought I would give it a try and disable my gfx driver just to see if that would work.

Having a hard time deciphering what the problem could be.

Just looking for any possible solutions I could try.

Pretty much a stock Dell xps 8100 with a radeon 6970 I added onto it last year. The hard drive failure occured out of no where.

Appreciate it and thank you in advance.

I ran several diagnostic tests with no errors found.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

07 Jun 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

More details needed:

Is your installation disc burned? OEM? Retail? Borrowed? Or?

What diagnostics tests did you run?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #3
CTGallD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Disc is OEM

Ran Memory Diagnostics, startup repair, and diagnostics from boot options (F12)

I can see the hard drive in the BIOS.

Boot sequence is as follows:
CD
Hard drive
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


07 Jun 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I'd run Memtest86+ as a RAM test, for at least 5 passes. It's a better test than the one built into Windows. It might take overnight to finish.

Have you tried installing with just a single RAM stick---in various slots?

I'd run the drive manufacturer's disk utility on the hard drive.

I'd leave only the bare minimum devices connected when I made an install attempt---keyboard, mouse, monitor. No USB stuff or printers, etc.

Has this hard drive ever had anything of any type on it?

Is your OEM disc something supplied by Dell or purchased elsewhere?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #5
CTGallD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'd run Memtest86+ as a RAM test, for at least 5 passes. It's a better test than the one built into Windows. It might take overnight to finish.

Have you tried installing with just a single RAM stick---in various slots?I'll try this

I'd run the drive manufacturer's disk utility on the hard drive.

I'd leave only the bare minimum devices connected when I made an install attempt---keyboard, mouse, monitor. No USB stuff or printers, etc. Did this

Has this hard drive ever had anything of any type on it? No, brand new -- bought it last night

Is your OEM disc something supplied by Dell or purchased elsewhere?From Dell -- Used this 2 days ago on another computer, worked perfect
No idea why/how this could of happened to a 2 year old computer that has had absolutely no problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I'd do the Memtest86+ and the hard drive maker's disk utility.

Even if you get it installed, you will likely have activation issues if the OEM product key has already been used on this other PC you mention.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #7
CTGallD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If a ram stick (or more) is broken, would that significantly slow down your computer?

Before this started happening my computer was moving maybe half its normal speed. Loading extremely slow.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CTGallD View Post
If a ram stick (or more) is broken, would that significantly slow down your computer?

Before this started happening my computer was moving maybe half its normal speed. Loading extremely slow.
Yes, if the remaining sticks dropped the total usable memory to a low level---say to 1 GB or less.

If you have at least 2 GB of good RAM, I'd expect Windows 7 to perform pretty well--unless you have an antique CPU.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #9
CTGallD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Edit: I actually think I solved it.

I woke up this morning and checked the install (Left it at the hanging part before I went to sleep).

I received the error "Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware". I didn't receive this error yesterday.

I googled it and the fix is to update the "Intel RST" drivers and "Load Drivers" when you choose where to install Windows 7 ("Load Drivers"). Basically hard drive disk drivers?

Link to solution:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2466753

I followed method one, install the drivers here: http://www.intel.com/support/chipset.../CS-031502.htm
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2012   #10
CTGallD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Everything seems to be going good!

I appreciate your help ignatzatsonic!

For future reference, this was with the Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM hard drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 New Hard Drive -- Windows 7 Installation Hangs




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Hard Drive contains old data after Windows 7 Re-Installation
I just re-installed Windows 7, and it seems like I forgot to re-format the hard disk when re-installing. There seems to be 200GB of space taken up, but I have know idea where to find it and delete it. Any ideas how to find this old data from the previous installation and remove it?
General Discussion
Hard Drive Preparation For Windows 7 Installation
What do I have to do to a hard drive that has had Windows XP on it to get it ready for a Windows 7 installation? I can get to the point where it says to select a partition, but no further. I've tried wiping the drive, installing over the old OS, reformatting, removing the partition and adding...
Installation & Setup
Upgraded hard drive, windows 7 hangs randomly on start loading screen
I upgraded my laptop hard drive to a hitachi gst travelstar 1tb 7200 rpm on 5-11-13. This morning 5-25-13 laptop started hanging on the windows loading screen with hard drive activity from a cold boot. It's done this total of 5 times, it's random, most of the time it boots up fine. After 15 min of...
General Discussion
Windows 7 installation hard drive / ssd don't show up
Hello, in advance a thank you for your help. I bought a laptop asus K55VM, and switch the optical drive for a SSD. Both drives are format and active since what a want is a clean install. During the instillation both drives don't show up, i tried to load drivers from intel but nothing shows...
Installation & Setup
Windows 7 cannot see hard drive during installation
Ok, so here is the story. I have a laptop which has a ATA HDD and I tried to install Windows 7 on it, but when you come to the window for choosing a partition, nothing shows up. I have tried to upload new drivers for the chipset on the motherboard from intel (Intel 865 Chipset) but no luck...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:20.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App