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Windows 7: Windows 7 install problem catch 22


07 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can access Command Prompt from the installer's System Recovery Options.
Thanks I was not aware of that.

Here's what I did, partially out of frustration I guess: Loaded a Linux Live CD, nuked the partitions and reformatted the entire drive to ntfs.

I am now in the middle of my second re-install of the day

It is frustrating because Linux works great on this machine and recognizes everything right off no issues. But this is my gamer machine so I need Windows on it to play my games.

Any advice or tips while I am waiting for this to install once again??

Thank you for all the help, much appreciated!!

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07 Jul 2013   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
HDD Problem?

You said that the Live Linux CD/DVD works correctly.
Have you run a disc check from GParted or your Windows install disc?
Maybe the HDD has some dodgy sectors.

Can you pre-partition your HDD and install Linux and Windows successfully (ignoring the display issue)?
If you can, then you should do so.
Does Linux run correctly when it is installed on your HDD?

If the problem is some sort of corrupted file, you may be able to replace it (i.e. download a new version and use Linux to copy it to your Windows install).

Do you have a backup HDD image of your old system?
You may be able to copy files from that to use as replacements.

Obviously you would have to discover which files (if any) are broken.
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07 Jul 2013   #13

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Just did a full re-install on a formatted clean HDD, when I select the option for safe mode with command prompt all I get is the error message saying that windows cannot complete the installation And I do not get a command prompt just the big error message box.

I am at my wits end with this.
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07 Jul 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you reset the BIOS to defaults from my last post?

I also asked where you got the Windows 7 installer, if it has successfully installed recently and what to do if not.

In rare cases old HD code can interfere with install so I'd wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command to get a clean slate.

I've asked experts on hardware and video cards to look in. Be patient. You may need to rest as frustration can work against resolving it.
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07 Jul 2013   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

superkev1503, If you can get into windows safe mode or any mode, click the start button, type device manager into the search box and click on device manager that appears. Expand 'display adaptors' see if your video card is listed. you will see I have a GTX 670. Also, the automatically update drivers is in CCC, but is not very reliable. You can also, if you are on a clean install, go to AMD web site, in the first box select desktop graphics, in the second box select automatically detect and install. But only do that if your card is listed in device manager and you have no graphics drivers installed.

EDIT: also where did you get the install disk? If you downloaded it, where from and how did you burn it to DVD or put it on flash drive?
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07 Jul 2013   #16

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you reset the BIOS to defaults from my last post?

I also asked where you got the Windows 7 installer, if it has successfully installed recently and what to do if not.

In rare cases old HD code can interfere with install so I'd wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command to get a clean slate.

I've asked experts on hardware and video cards to look in. Be patient. You may need to rest as frustration can work against resolving it.
BIOS are set to defaults, yes

The install medium is a standard OEM DVD.

Yeah, I am pretty close to tossing this thing out the window, very frustrating when something like the command prompt won't even come up for you when you select that option. Half tempted to just go back to XP

Thank for the help so far, maybe those you have asked to look at this will have some ideas, I am just so used to Linux almost always working and easy set up that this is double the frustration for me. I know my hardware is fine, so it's definitely a software issue.
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07 Jul 2013   #17
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If your installer is from the Windows iso download site, try doing it all over on a freshly formatted USB flash drive or new DVD-R. Occasionally the iso is corrupted the first time.

Try using a graphics driver maybe 2-3 version back, newer is not always better.
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07 Jul 2013   #18
Microsoft MVP

 

Does your OEM DVD have SP1? I'd download the latest just to be sure, for the Media Refresh alone. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

So far even the hardware guys still think the install still needs proving.
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07 Jul 2013   #19

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
superkev1503, If you can get into windows safe mode or any mode, click the start button, type device manager into the search box and click on device manager that appears. Expand 'display adaptors' see if your video card is listed. you will see I have a GTX 670. Also, the automatically update drivers is in CCC, but is not very reliable. You can also, if you are on a clean install, go to AMD web site, in the first box select desktop graphics, in the second box select automatically detect and install. But only do that if your card is listed in device manager and you have no graphics drivers installed.

EDIT: also where did you get the install disk? If you downloaded it, where from and how did you burn it to DVD or put it on flash drive?
I can't get in to any mode, regular boot is just a blank screen and any type of safe mode I go to just gives me the error message that windows cannot complete installation in safe mode and it will finish next time I boot up, so it's just an endless circle unfortunately.

My disk is a OEM DVD as I said above.
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07 Jul 2013   #20

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Does your OEM DVD have SP1? I'd download the latest just to be sure, for the Media Refresh alone. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

So far even the hardware guys still think the install still needs proving.
Yes, it's Windows 7 Professional with SP1 according to the packaging
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