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Windows 7: WIN7 won't boot. What should I do before trying a clean install?

13 Jun 2012   #41
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

So the saga continues.

I downloaded the WIN7 Prof 64 SP1 ISO and burnt it to DVD and then started the install.

I chose the custom option and deleted all the partitions on the disk and then let the install run.

The PC rebooted and then came up with the message "updating registry entries" not sure of the exact wording but immediately crashed back to black and then restarted the boot from the DVD back at the start point.

When I saw that it reminded me of the original issues I had building this PC the first time. See this post Win7 clean install won't complete for the long story, but the short story was that I seemed to have resolved it by using the current 80GB drive for the system.
So now it seems that I'm even further behind than I was two years ago.

Looking for guidance on how to get the install working again.

I have also tried the install using the original Win7 Prof 64 DVD but got the ame result.

Given the issue I had even booting up from the Partition Wizard DVD and CD perhaps I have a more fundamental issue to address.


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13 Jun 2012   #42
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

when you install, be sure that you only have 1 disk connected.

Evidently you can now boot from a CD/DVD.

Put Memtest86+ on a DVD, boot, run, and carry out 6 passes.

If and only if memtest86+ results are good, then:
Put SeaGate's SeaTools on a Cd/DVD and use SeaGate's SeaTools to test you hard disk.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/s...sDOS223ALL.ISO

Diagnose Your Hard Disk Drive For Corrupted Data/Sectors With SeaTools

On the working Win 7, you can burn an iso to cd/dvd by simply double-clicking on the ISO file.
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14 Jun 2012   #43
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
when you install, be sure that you only have 1 disk connected.

Evidently you can now boot from a CD/DVD.
Apart from the PartitionWizard I haven't had any problems booting from a CD/DVD
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post

Put Memtest86+ on a DVD, boot, run, and carry out 6 passes.
Memtest ran overnight for 12 hours and completed 8 passes. No errors
WIN7 won't boot.  What should I do before trying a clean install?-memtest.gif

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post

If and only if memtest86+ results are good, then:
Put SeaGate's SeaTools on a Cd/DVD and use SeaGate's SeaTools to test you hard disk.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/s...sDOS223ALL.ISO

Diagnose Your Hard Disk Drive For Corrupted Data/Sectors With SeaTools

On the working Win 7, you can burn an iso to cd/dvd by simply double-clicking on the ISO file.
Only the one disk is connected.
SeaTools short test has run OK with no error. The long test is running now and I'll check it when I get home tonight.
WIN7 won't boot.  What should I do before trying a clean install?-disk_short_2.jpg
On the assumption the long test will be OK what is my next step?


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14 Jun 2012   #44
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Excellent.
I'll await the results of the long test.
thanks,
karl
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14 Jun 2012   #45
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Long test is complete. No errors.
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15 Jun 2012   #46
gregrocker

 

Have you wiped the HD with Diskpart Clean Command yet to try the install?

It should also be on the Seagate CD, a quick erase option.

Then boot the installer to try install to a partition you create and format, or just click Next to let the installer do it for you.

If that fails, wipe it again and create an NTFS Primary partition marked Active using Step 2.2 here: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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15 Jun 2012   #47
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Great progress
WIN7 has installed and is running updates now.
Unfortunately I grabbed the original OEM disk rather than the one with SP1 but happy to download that and add it in later tonight.

I used the Seatools option to do a quick format - so that seems to have fixed the problem.

Now I'm just left wondering why the system stopped booting in the first place.

Thankyou to everyone who helped me - it is great to see so many people out there willing to lend a hand.
I'm sure I'll be back again one day soon.
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15 Jun 2012   #48
gregrocker

 

We use Dispart Clean (Quick) Command often to overwrite the boot sector with zeroes to erase corrupt or conflicting code which causes install and boot problems.
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