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Windows 7: Reformat gone bad - please help

11 Jan 2014   #151
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Update: I changed the boot device to dvd drive and restarted pc with upgrade disc loaded and nothing happened. By that I mean I was prompted to start windows normally as usual.


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11 Jan 2014   #152
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If one were to make the 'mistake' of leaving a DVD in the DVD drive while reformatting drive C: could it possibly erase what's on the DVD???
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11 Jan 2014   #153
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

There's an 8 second window that asks you to press a key to boot the DVD. Maybe you didn't see itI'm not sure why you were prompted to start Windows normally
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Update: I changed the boot device to dvd drive and restarted pc with upgrade disc loaded and nothing happened. By that I mean I was prompted to start windows normally as usual.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arayfo1 View Post
If one were to make the 'mistake' of leaving a DVD in the DVD drive while reformatting drive C: could it possibly erase what's on the DVD???
Not unless it is a RW DVD and you made the mistake of formmatting the DVD (that would be two mistakes)
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11 Jan 2014   #154
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

what are you doing? Formating C:?
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11 Jan 2014   #155
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Right, of course. I tried booting the dvd 4 consecutive times but it just wouldn't boot. I was thinking the DVD may have been erased, because whenever I put the disk in I didn't hear anything at first, but then I could hear the DVD revving up and then I was prompted to download the upgrade wizard. I decided to try to reinstall via the wizard, but apparently the wizard is reading the other two Windows 7 downloads currently on my pc as though I have already installed Windows 7 via the wizard, because it was then skipping ahead to step 3 (which is the last step) prompting me to download drivers. In other words, it doesn't give you the option to back up and choose step 1 again. I suppose it's possible it could be reading that way because of the very first time I installed the upgrade.

I did take it upon myself to explore the file on the dvd which read "Common Drivers" and decided perhaps I should copy them to a folder on my desktop incase I should need them. There were approximately 5 gb worth of drivers there, but I'm not sure which of them I might need or if the half dozen drivers I downloaded from the Acer support site would be sufficient enough. I could of course take a picture of the list of drivers if you think they might be worth exploring.

So, I'm not sure if I should attempt to reformat the drive and attempt to delete both old downloads of Windows and try again to install with upgrade disc (I am actually a bit doubtful it can be done without having Windows Vista on this machine, not that I'm doubting you guys) or if there is some other way I can reinstall windows with the intention of reformatting both drives and ergo deleting both old downloads of Windows. I'm certainly open to suggestions.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
There's an 8 second window that asks you to press a key to boot the DVD. Maybe you didn't see itI'm not sure why you were prompted to start Windows normally
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arayfo1 View Post
Update: I changed the boot device to dvd drive and restarted pc with upgrade disc loaded and nothing happened. By that I mean I was prompted to start windows normally as usual.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arayfo1 View Post
If one were to make the 'mistake' of leaving a DVD in the DVD drive while reformatting drive C: could it possibly erase what's on the DVD???
Not unless it is a RW DVD and you made the mistake of formmatting the DVD (that would be two mistakes)
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11 Jan 2014   #156
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

No, sorry. Reformatting C: is how I got into this mess to begin with. I have not reformatted either drive since.

I'm gonna go grab something to eat. Check in with you guys later. Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
what are you doing? Formating C:?
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11 Jan 2014   #157
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Ok good.

Put the Acer Win7 upgrade disc in the Optical Drive (OD - also known as DVD drive)

Follow steps 1 through 6 in Clean Install Windows 7

Just follow the numbered steps - the boxes are extra information, there are pictures that will let you know that you're on the correct step

STOP at step 7, let me know if you have any questions
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11 Jan 2014   #158
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

1. Boot the computer from your Windows 7 installation DVD/USB.
NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first and your HDD second in the boot priority order in your BIOS settings. Usually it is by default.

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Is it absolutely necessary that the HDD be my second boot device? Because the way my BIOS is set up I can't make my CD/DVD drive my first boot device without making my HDD my third boot device.
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11 Jan 2014   #159
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What is in 2nd place?
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11 Jan 2014   #160
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

This is going to take a veryyyyy long time if you don't answer questions, ya know.

It is absolutely necessary to have the DVD drive boot first.

But what is in the 2nd boot order?
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