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Windows 7: Cannot Install Windows 7


06 Oct 2009   #1

Windows XP 32-Bit
 
 
Cannot Install Windows 7

Hey guys,

I'm currently running Windows XP Professional 32-bit. I want to format my computer so I can install Windows 7 Pro x64 onto it.

However when I insert my Windows 7 DVD, it says 'This installation disc isn't compatible with your version of Windows. To upgrade, you need the correct installation disc."

So I restart my computer and try to boot the DVD from start-up, but it never works. Im sure I set my BIOS to boot from the DVD drive because I get the black screen which has the (_____) but the words: 'press any key to boot from CD' never appears.

But when I put in my Windows XP Pro DVD, and try to boot it from there, it works, the words "press any key to boot from CD" does appear. So I'm sure I set my BIOS correctly.

What is wrong? And any solutions on how to fix this problem?
Below is a link of my computer specs.




My System SpecsSystem Spec
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06 Oct 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.
What build # & Version of the Win_7 ?
x86 (32 bit) or x64 (64 bit) ?
Where did you get the iso file from ?
How did you burn the DVD ? At a slow x4 speed ? with Verify checked !
Any Over Clocking of ram or cpu ?
Best to have 2gb ram or less for initial install !
Suggestion, remove everything not essential to loading Win_7, from the system.
No printers, gamepads, second monitors, scanners, external devices, flash drives etc...
Connection between Video card & Monitor works best for install with a standard VGA cable !
Do you have a single OS on your computer or are you multi-booting ?
Are you using USB or eSATA to connect to any external HD's ?
How many HD's are connected to you system ? IDE or SATA ?
How many DVD drives are connected to your systen ? IDE or SATA Drives ?
When you see HD's in Disk Management is there a yellow triangle and explanation point ?
Do you have a single OS on your computer already or are you planing on multi-booting?
Or is this a New Clean HD ? Have you pre-formatted the HD ?


" Doc "
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2009   #3

Windows XP 32-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums.
What build # & Version of the Win_7 ?
x86 (32 bit) or x64 (64 bit) ?
Where did you get the iso file from ?
How did you burn the DVD ? At a slow x4 speed ? with Verify checked !
Any Over Clocking of ram or cpu ?
Best to have 2gb ram or less for initial install !
Suggestion, remove everything not essential to loading Win_7, from the system.
No printers, gamepads, second monitors, scanners, external devices, flash drives etc...
Connection between Video card & Monitor works best for install with a standard VGA cable !
Do you have a single OS on your computer or are you multi-booting ?
Are you using USB or eSATA to connect to any external HD's ?
How many HD's are connected to you system ? IDE or SATA ?
How many DVD drives are connected to your systen ? IDE or SATA Drives ?
When you see HD's in Disk Management is there a yellow triangle and explanation point ?
Do you have a single OS on your computer already or are you planing on multi-booting?
Or is this a New Clean HD ? Have you pre-formatted the HD ?


" Doc "

Build 7600.
The windows 7 i have is x64
im not sure if it's a .iso file.
Any Over Clocking of ram or cpu ? None
I only have the single Windows XP Pro running on my computer.
Are you using USB or eSATA to connect to any external HD's ? No, I'm not using any of those.
Only 1 DVD-drive is connected to my system. IDE. But I also have a Virtual DVD drive.
not sure what you mean by the yellow triangle, but i have provided you with an ss of it.
disregard the fact that the elements external hdd is there, it's an external and im just copying some stuff over. (before i tried to install, i already unplugged my external, so that's not the problem)
I just want to get rid of Windows XP on my computer and install windows 7.
the hard drive is partitioned into 2 parts. C drive and D drive.
C drive is 40 gigs, and i plan to install my windows 7 onto that.
regarding the copy of my windows 7. when i click on it from my computer it says. File system: UDF. would that be right?

and here is a screen shot of the files inside my windows 7 DVD.

Code:
http://tinypic.com/r/4u80e9/4
i just wanted to ask, when i install windows 7, do i have to install my drivers manually or will they automatically install after i install windows 7?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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06 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would get the 90 day trial of the RTM version and burn it slowly to a DVD. The fact that you can boot from one disc, but not another tells you right away what the problem is.

As for the drivers, you should always install them manually if possible, but if you can't find a driver, Windows Update might have it. Drivers aren't an issue with Windows 7.
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06 Oct 2009   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

I do know that if you try and install x64 while you are logged onto an x86 install, it will tell you that it can not install. You have to do it from boot and not within Windows.

When you cold boot the PC, does it allow you to hit an F key to get a boot menu?

I also second what Frost says. You may just have a bad burn. Also just check to make sure the DVD is not scratched or something.
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06 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I think Windows 7 will only install if you have Windows Vista.

But I am not for sure

Except of burning the Windows 7 on disc try USB memory stick or external hard drive.
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06 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sagotua View Post
I think Windows 7 will only install if you have Windows Vista.
How would you install it on a new, blank system then? All the released discs are full versions, meaning they have no previous OS requirements for installing.
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06 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Wait, he burnt the Windows 7 onto a disc right ? If he had it on the disc he would start installing windows 7 from the disc by going in My computer than DVD RW (or whatever it is ) when I downloaded Windows 7 RC I had one file which you just had to double click and the installation would begin.
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06 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you choose to do it that way, but I never start an OS install from within another OS. I always, always do it with a blank, unformatted disc, and by booting from the DVD. I want a clean disc to start, with all traces, including the MBR, gone from the previous OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2009   #10

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sagotua View Post
Wait, he burnt the Windows 7 onto a disc right ? If he had it on the disc he would start installing windows 7 from the disc by going in My computer than DVD RW (or whatever it is ) when I downloaded Windows 7 RC I had one file which you just had to double click and the installation would begin.
But he is trying to install 64 bit from a 32 bit OS, and it will not let him. He needs to boot from the DVD to install. And as Frost already stated, it is always preferable to do an install from a booted DVD/CD than from the OS. Much, much cleaner.
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