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Windows 7: PC Stuck on "Press any Key to boot to CD/DVD"

17 Aug 2013   #1
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PC Stuck on "Press any Key to boot to CD/DVD"

My PC was acting slow lately, so I backed up my files and decided to do a clean install. I inserted my newly purchased Windows 7 Home Premium disc and deleted all partitions, and installed. Install went fine until first reboot, and the PC got stuck after Post, displaying the message "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" Not pressing anything and letting it go through all the dots will prompt the PC to freeze, while taking the disc out or changing boot order to HD first results in a blinking cursor. I have also tried this with an XP SP2 disc and a Vista Ultimate disc, same problem.

The thing is, I can install Linux Mint, Ubuntu, or any other Linux distro just fine. The only problems are with Windows.

Any help, or is this PC done for Windows?

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17 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Are you pressing any key when prompted to by the Windows disc?

If you can run Ubuntu from a Live CD, use GParted to check if the HDD has any errors.
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17 Aug 2013   #3
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The PC freezes right at that spot whether I press anything or not.
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18 Aug 2013   #4

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18 Aug 2013   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Forgot I had one of those setup.... I'll post back in a few.
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18 Aug 2013   #6
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You are correct that you don't want to Press Any Key after reboot during install. Try removing the DVD. If that fails:

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set HD first to boot, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

At boot tap the Sony F12 key to boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. If repeat failure try another ISO and method.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

I would then run HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to check the HD, followed by Disk Check from the installer's Command Line accessed by Shift + F10 at first screen.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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18 Aug 2013   #7
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Nope, same problem. As soon as it restarts, it hangs after POST.
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18 Aug 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

See my post above.
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18 Aug 2013   #9
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
See my post above.
I somehow missed that my apologies. I'll post back. Right now I don't have a modern usable Windows system, and I never thought I'd need it so much, Lol. But I'll post back.
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18 Aug 2013   #10
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So, I didn't back up all my files like I thought I did. I'm in a Linux live CD right now backing up my pics to Dropbox, then I'll do your suggestion.
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