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Windows 7: Installed new motherboard, unable to install windows (system hangs)

14 Aug 2012   #11
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

You never did say if it was an original DVD, or a downloaded ISO? We could have helped you get this sorted very easily.

Regards,
Golden


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14 Aug 2012   #12
DestroyRX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It was a disk my dad picked up from our local computer store that we never ended up using as the family pc's CPU and motherboard overheated and everyone ended up relying on mine.
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14 Aug 2012   #13
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Ah OK, in that case I guess it was unlikely to have been damaged (e.g. scratched)?
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14 Aug 2012   #14
DestroyRX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No it looked pretty good, I ran it on my a friends laptop at school and it loaded the files cleanly and was able to use system recovery.
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14 Aug 2012   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mmm. Maybe a bad CD/DVD drive? Did you know you can burn the Windows 7 installation ISO to a USB drive and boot and install from that, if that old HP allows you to boot from a USB?
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14 Aug 2012   #16
DestroyRX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah, I'm able to boot from a USB. Is there a recommended program for creating a bootable USB? Is it possible to install windows to an external HD and then boot from it?
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14 Aug 2012   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote:
Is it possible to install windows to an external HD and then boot from it?
^My understanding is it is so dog-slow, its not worth it.

Get the same ISO download here:
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

Install it to a 4GB USB using this tool:
Microsoft Store Online

Activate it using the key that came with the disk you got from the shop.
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14 Aug 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Why no reply to these steps? What changes after trying each?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you swap in a new HD?

Enter BIOS setup to make sure HD is detected. Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

Try wiping it first with Diskpart Clean Command from the booted installer accessing DISKPART At PC Startup.

Then close the Command Box and choose Install Now, use drive options to partition as you please or just click Next to let installer do it for you. Illustrated steps here: Clean Install Windows 7
There will be more if these fail.

When trying the booted USB install, if it fails unplug the DVD drive next.
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16 Aug 2012   #19
DestroyRX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, it looks as though the new HDD I bought was faulty, it was tested in a test PC at MSY (computer parts store) and it had a similar problem. Brought home a replacement and lo and behold I was able to install windows 7. Thanks for you help, I really appreciate it. I felt so happy I even went back and bought a new 128gb SSD for gaming and booting windows.

Dan
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16 Aug 2012   #20
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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