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Windows 7: Windows 7 DVD doesn't boot, neither does USB. :'(

30 Sep 2012   #1
FirstTimer

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Windows 7 DVD doesn't boot, neither does USB. :'(

Hello all,
My problem is that i'm not able to install windows 7. Been trying to install this since past 1 week. The methods i've tried are:

1. I have a windows 7 bootable DVD which doesnt boot up. (I've set BIOS to boot from DVD ROM first but it just won't boot from the DVD).
Tried to install Windows 7 from the same DVD to a friend's PC and it worked. So the DVD has no issues.

2. I tried to run 'Setup.exe' from within the DVD. The two options pop-up 'Check compatibility' and 'Install now'. On clicking install now, after sometime, an error is encountered with the message 'Windows was unable to create a required installation folder' error code:0x8007000D.
I am running Windows XP Professional and there's only one user on the PC which is the Admin, so i do not know why is the setup not getting permissions. I've also uninstalled my antivirus, CD burning software, disabled firewall and disconnected all other devices, but its still the same.

3. I tried to install it from a USB device by making it bootable but that too doesnt work. (Yes the mobo supports booting from the USB).
The problem is that XP does not recognize a 'USB' device on boot. Rather it shows this USB stick as a removable 'Hard Drive'. Furthermore, i changed the order of Hard Drive boot to boot from this removable Hard Drive first, it still boots my existing OS.

Is there anything else that can be done? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Please ask if any other information is required, this post is becomimg increasingly long to add any other details.

PS: I want to dual boot windows 7 with my existing XP, but that would be after i manage to run the windows 7 setup in the first place.

PPS: Please bare with any 'not-so-technical' terms, i am a beginner with this. Again, thank you for taking the time and trying to help, really appreciate it.


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30 Sep 2012   #2
gregrocker

 

Follow the steps here to Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP .

XP has nothing to do with booting a DVD or flash stick since it is done in the BIOS before the OS enters the picture.

Try again with the latest official ISO w/SP1 burned to DVD or written to stick using the tool in Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which work the same for retail.

You need to be able to boot the disk. Does it prompt to "Press any key to boot disk" when you set the DVD drive first to boot in BIOS Boot order? Try tapping the one-time BIOS boot menu key instead.

Check on the PC or mobo maker's Support Downloads webpage if you have a newer BIOS update to install from XP. If not reset the BIOS to defaults: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS. Then set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

If this fails boot the HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan which should boot itself to test the HD and then wipe it, which will in turn on a wiped HD force the installer to boot itself.


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