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: Reformat gone bad - please help

09 Jan 2014   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arayfo1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
The tutorials explain how to load Windows. Use the one that applies to your original version (Upgrade or original OEM installed OS) You do have to read them for this process to work.
Yes, but I didn't see anything about downloading the OS on one pc and then attempting to install it on another.
Gregs tutorial explains how to get the iso file and burn it to dvd. The 2nd tutorial shows you how to install windows on the pc. Ask any questions BEFORE you start. You need a pc connected to the net, a dvd burner, a blank dvd, and the burning software installed on the pc.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Clean Install Windows 7


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
09 Jan 2014   #12
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you wipe the entire hard drive ?

You should have only wiped your C partition.

There is no reason to wipe a hard drive, you need only to format it.
Yeah, sorry. I formatted the C drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #13
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I don't have a DVD so I used a thumb drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

09 Jan 2014   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s very tricky with a thumb drive, the install process can keep starting over and over again, is that what`s happening. You would use the 1 time boot key ( F2 , Esc, Del ) etc. to choose the flash drive the 1st time and only the 1st time, then it should reboot on it`s own and finish the install.

What do you mean no dvd ?

No blank dvd`s or no dvd burner ?

Or both ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You need to leave the USB device in the PC too. If asked to press a key to boot to something, DON'T do that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It doesn`t give you "Press any key to boot from dvd" with a flash drive, Gary

If the flash drive is in and booted, it goes straight to "windows is loading files"

That`s why I say NOT to change the boot order in the bios when installing from a flash drive.


Coming to you Live from Linux Mint 16
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #17
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
It`s very tricky with a thumb drive, the install process can keep starting over and over again, is that what`s happening. You would use the 1 time boot key ( F2 , Esc, Del ) etc. to choose the flash drive the 1st time and only the 1st time, then it should reboot on it`s own and finish the install.

What do you mean no dvd ?

No blank dvd`s or no dvd burner ?

Or both ?
There is a disclaimer which says that your computer should restart itself several times during the installation process. My pc only restarted itself once and already an error occurred. It of course prompts you to restart using ctrl + alt + del but for whatever reason that doesn't work. Whenever I attempt to reboot the pc manually it goes right back to the disk read error message.

I'm not sure I follow you. Are you saying there is a command I can use to install Windows without the need for restarting? If so, are you saying I have to press all three keys simultaneously, or. . ???

I have a dvd burner. I would have to run out and buy a dvd. I have no experience with burning dvd's but I could run out and buy one if you think that would help me through this disk read error.

By the way, the install process didn't start over I don't think. I did attempt to install a second time though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #18
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You need to leave the USB device in the PC too. If asked to press a key to boot to something, DON'T do that.
Yes, of course I left the usb device in the pc.

If asked to press a key to boot to something?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #19
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If you're saying I should go into BIOS to make my usb device my primary device then yes I did that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2014   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well then, it sounds like the usb was not set up correctly, is it going through the process of installing windows just like in the Tutorial ........ Clean Install Windows ?

After it does all that, does it reboot and continue installing windows or does it reboot and start all over again, or have you not even got that far yet ?

Be precise in your answer.

You DO NOT have to go into the bios to change the boot order, you should be able to boot the usb flash drive by pushing the 1 time function key on the keyboard, It`s called the boot menu, when you 1st turn on the pc, watch the screen at the bottom and it should say

Setup xxx key
Boot Menu xxx key

whatever key it says to get to the boot menu, push that key, then use the down arrow key to scroll down to hard drive, usb drive, then hit eneter and the install will start.

You never press more then 1 key at a time. Of course unless you hit ctrl alt del to restart a computer, then yes you hit all 3 at the same time, but if you keep seeing that, then windows is not installing to the hard drive.

You are telling the computer to boot from the flash drive. But only the 1st time. After that the pc reboots on it`s own and finishes the install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Reformat gone bad - please help




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Well this is new....Cant Reformat
Hi, I was constantly getting Blue screens of death and couldnt even boot up windows after a while of this. I tried booting windows from usb and always got either a BSOD or a black "windows boot manager" screen. Saying something like I had a non reading dvd drive. So I just purchased a...
BSOD Help and Support
Reformat help
I am trying to refomat my gateway laptop, I do not a a disk and overtime I try to burn the reformat imagine to a disk it fails. I cannot restore it either an error pops up. I have tried the boot menu and see where the option to reformat is but its not highlighted and I cannot click it. Is there...
Backup and Restore
There MUST be a way! EFS (after reformat)
Brink, a moderator on Vistax64, who I think contributes on here, has given endless amounts of awesome tutorials and workarounds. Kudos for the slipstream how-to. However, this one remains unsolved. I haven't tried his workaround, but am working on this third party app to solve the...
System Security
External crashed asks to reformat cannot reformat
I dont know if this is the right place but sounds right, My wd 1 tb my book has gone weird, yesterday it randomly popped up saying the drive needs to be formatted to be used. It already had 100 gb's worth of files on it. I tried reformating it but it said it failed. Now I cannot even get it to load...
Hardware & Devices
Can't reformat
I am trying to install Win7 64x and I had 2 partitions originally, one system partition with 32x vista and one storage partition. I already backed them up on an external so I want to reformat the current internal drive and install windows 7 64x. In the installation screen, I went to Custom...
Installation & Setup
reformat
need help,how will i reformat my laptop ACER ASPIRE 5332 USING WINDOWS 7?DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. pls. help me:cry:
Installation & Setup


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 16:07.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App