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: An Old School Geek’s approach to Installing & Setting Up a Windows PC

29 Jan 2014   #71
python134r

 

Just read it....like it


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
18 Apr 2014   #72
mennopython

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Just Tried This Technique on New Build

I had to update my 11 year old HW (don't laugh, I made it last from Win95 through XP) finally due to the end of support for XP and knowing that the motherboard would not support Win7 64 bit. I found this tutorial and studied it and all the supporting links, since I had never tried audit mode before.

It ended up taking a couple of days to do the install, partly due to a flaky graphics card and partly due to installation issues. One of the problems I had was the long green progress bar when viewing directories, even after I tried all the fixes. The other was that I had problems installing my antivirus (Norton Security Suite, free from ISP), so I installed another temporarily. The big success was getting my user files on my HDD while all the boot and system files are on the SSD, however, the users that I added did not show up on my login screen, so I ended up adding them after my initial OOBE boot.

After running through this process, I think one of the issues I ran into was that the Windows update was near the end of the task list, rather than one of the first things. All of my install and delay issues were non-existent once I ran the updates and went through the OOBE startup. I think the order in this tutorial of Kari's would have worked better for me, since the updates are done prior to the SW installs.

All in all, I learned a lot, got everything up and running, all emails and files are transferred, initial backup complete (need to do another one now that I have everything installed that I want). I decided that I should join the forums to at least comment on my experience, and thank everyone who contributes. I expect this one to last another decade (with regular SW updates and maintenance, of course).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2014   #73
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Hi Mennopython, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You are right, the updates should be done first. I am a bit preoccupied just now but I will change the order in these instructions in a next day or two.

If I got you interested in Audit Mode and Sysprep, see if this gives you some new ideas: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

Kari
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

21 Apr 2014   #74
Bilbo

Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3
 
 
Other hard drive lost.

You have a great tutorial here, which i would like to use. I am trying to install window 7 on my old PC (10 years). I am using a 32 bit installation disk and everything seems to go fine, but it does not see my other hard drive. I force it to see the other drive, but if I reboot it does not see the other drive until I force it. Anybody have any ideas?!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2014   #75
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bilbo View Post
You have a great tutorial here, which i would like to use. I am trying to install window 7 on my old PC (10 years). I am using a 32 bit installation disk and everything seems to go fine, but it does not see my other hard drive. I force it to see the other drive, but if I reboot it does not see the other drive until I force it. Anybody have any ideas?!
Windows should be installed with only one drive attached otherwise you could get you bootrec plopped on something other than C.

What do you mean, "forcing" to see the drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2014   #76
Bilbo

Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3
 
 
See other thread

Hi, I have started another thread, 'Installing Windows 7 on an old computerI am trying to install window 7'.

Unfornunately your suggestion didn't help. But thanks anyway.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Aug 2015   #77
hideki2

Danmark
 
 

I wonder if this same install method will work on Windows 10. I would like to fresh install 10, but i like my stuff and settings on another drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Aug 2015   #78
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hideki2 View Post
I wonder if this same install method will work on Windows 10. I would like to fresh install 10, but i like my stuff and settings on another drive.
Two tutorials at our sister site the Ten Forums for you to check:
Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums
Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2015   #79
mtring

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Just read through the article and it's great, just getting ready to do an re-install of Windows 7 (and maybe update to 10). The re-install was necessary afetr I got a screwed up system that said it ws no longer genuine, despite several hours of work by MS Tech Support and the great users here.

The last time I re-installed, I did move the default user file to a seperate drive, but I wasn't diligent in making an image, my bad. I did however backup all user files the night before the problem occured .

During the trouble shooting sessions with MS they attempted to "repair" using the install disk and here's where there might be a downside to having the default user profiles on another disk. The repair caused an error that said something along the line " to attempt repair windows nneds to have user profiles on same partition/drive" Not the exact words but close enough. The Tech was surprised I had done this and didn't know how to proceed other than a total re-install. I thanked him and went on my way.

Has anyone run into this before?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2015   #80
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mtring View Post
Has anyone run into this before?
This is totally normal when some of the system folders have been relocated. The correct procedure is to first relocate the Users folder back to C: drive, run the repair install, then relocate the Users back to another drive.

Read the last section tiled Upgrade in this tutorial at our sister site the Ten Forums, it explains the procedure: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 An Old School Geek’s approach to Installing & Setting Up a Windows PC




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Best Approach for Upgrading Motherboard With OEM Windows?
I'm sorry if there is a better section to put this in, but it seemed to be the best option for my question. I currently have an HP Pavilion p7-1102 Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 Pegatron 2ACD AMD A8-3800 1 TB Hitachi SATA 512 MB ATI AMD 6550 (integrated)
Installation & Setup
Installing windows, Setting up services infinite loop.
Hello SevenForums community, I am new here and I really need some help ;_; I have an Advent Quantum Q200 and it's running on Windows 7 Ultimate (upgrade) and I decided to reinstall it again to its factory settings. I used the same process of when I upgraded to ultimate (creating a bootable USB)...
Installation & Setup
setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)
As my final project for the year i am setting up a server that we will eventually move all our computers on to. I am using a poweredge 2900 as a server with windows server 2008 installed. As of now i have 2 computers connected to the domain which they can log on to. - what i need help with -...
Network & Sharing
My school computer reset all programs, files, setting after reboot
Hi, I want to know how to make my school computer not resetting all files, programs etc back to previous. Because I need to download my torrent and leave it there and my work.
General Discussion
My Approach to Windows Updates
Over the years dealing with updates for various Windows OS's, I have adopted the following approach. My question to the experts here is this approach still valid. I learned from bitter experience that Windows updates can sometimes cause more trouble that what they are trying to fix. My...
Windows Updates & Activation
Windows 7 -- Approach to System Performance
http://blogs.msdn.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=8901794 More...
News


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 11:54.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App