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Windows 7: My Windows 7 instal cannot continue

29 Jun 2013   #1
Jerry Manner

Windows 7
 
 
My Windows 7 instal cannot continue

Hi

Today I wanted to install Windows 7 on my pc. On my pc I had Windows Vista. I placed an iso file of Windows 7 on my pc. I mounted the iso file as a virtual drive. From that drive I started the executable to install Windows 7.

The install started and I could see the progress bar. The install got to a point that it warned me that the current Windows folder would be renamed to Windows.old and I could still reach the files in that folder. I clicked OK to let it continue. Then the install restarted the pc. from there on the Windows install never continued and I keep seeing a black screen forever.

I think that my mistake was to start the installation from a virtual drive on my pc. This virtual drive is not available when the machine restarts itself.

I tried several things to solve this.
- I tried starting the pc in safe mode. But then I get a windows message saying that I cannot continue opening the pc in safe mode untill the windows 7 install is finished.

- Then i tried to solve this issue by creating a dvd that has the Windows 7 install files on it. I changed the boot option on the pc to the dvd drive. But onfurtunately the setup on the drive is not started.

it looks like my pc is still waiting to continue the Windows 7 install, but the files on the virtual drive are not there anymore. What else can I do to stop the Windows 7 install and start all over again?

Regards
Jerry M.


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29 Jun 2013   #2
Think Tank

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jerry Manner View Post
- Then i tried to solve this issue by creating a dvd that has the Windows 7 install files on it. I changed the boot option on the pc to the dvd drive. But unfortunately the setup on the drive is not started.
Did you burn the ISO file to the dvd as you would burn pictures or documents? Or did you burn it as an image? You can just browse the DVD in another computer and if you see the ISO file, it wasn't burned correctly, and we'll get back to you on how to do that correctly by burning it as an image, rather than a file or other document.
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29 Jun 2013   #3
Think Tank

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Here's a tutorial on burning a disc image: Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file
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29 Jun 2013   #4
DocBrown

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

Welcome Jerry Manner,


Or burn the .iso to DVD with FreeWare ImgBurn at 4x speed with verify ON.

The Official ImgBurn Website


That makes a bootable DVD


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29 Jun 2013   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Once you have a bootable installer then boot it to do a Clean Install Windows 7.

At Step 7 use the Drive options to delete all partitions to create and format New one(s) as you wish, or just click Next and Windows will create and format your install partition for you along with a small boot partition you can ignore.

Other tips are here to assure you get a perfect install, same for retail: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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30 Jun 2013   #6
Jerry Manner

Windows 7
 
 
My Windows 7 install cannot continue

Hi

Thank you for the tips.

I burned the iso as an image to a dvd. That dvd was bootable in my pc. It started the Windows 7 install. Problem I have now is that it seems that the install is in a loop. It gets to the point where it is unpaccking the files. After that phase the pc restarts itself and I get the same prompt on which drive I want to install Windows 7. I have done this now twice and the iinstall begans again from the beginning.
Could it be that the very first install I tried yesterday is still waiting?

Rgards
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30 Jun 2013   #7
Jerry Manner

Windows 7
 
 

Hi

The problem I have now (I think) is that there are now 4 unfinished WIndows 7 installs on my pc.
Before I get the Windows logo I see a very quick Windows startup screen. On that screen I see 4 times Windows 7 right under each other. That indicates that there are 4 Windows 7 installs on the pc.

How can I terminate all of them and start clean again?

Regards
Jerry
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30 Jun 2013   #8
DocBrown

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

Hi Jerry,


DownLoad & Make a Partition Wizard CD.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Boot from it & freshly format the HD you want win7 to install on. Disconnect any other HD's that are connected during the complete install.

Then install with the win7 DVD.
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30 Jun 2013   #9
Jerry Manner

Windows 7
 
 

Hi

But that means that I will loose all my files that are not in the Windows folder. Isn't there anotherway to solve this without formatting my whole HD?

Regards
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30 Jun 2013   #10
DocBrown

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

You may have to wait for gregrocker to come online and explain how to clean these 4 prev. installs in order to save your other files. I have always had a backup of my files before I start a new install.
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