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Windows 7: Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions

19 Jan 2010   #31

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22 Jan 2010   #32

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Problems going from XP 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit

Hi there,

I tried to install my new Windows 7 64 OS bit but today failed several times. I was wanting to replace my XP 32 bit OS. When I inserted the Windows 64 bit disc I could not even get to the start of the install process. An error message said the disc was incompatible with my system and suggested I re-boot , with the disc inserted. I did this several times, to no avail. I have now loaded Windows 7 32 bit without any problems (using the clean install that I had intended use on the first attempt at installing Windows 7 64) but I'd still like to switch to Windows 7 64 bit.

The Windows 7 compatability tool reports that my system is capable of running Windows 7 64 bit. It has an Inel E8500 CPU, 6 GB of RAM , an Asus P5E Deluxe motherboard and a GE Force 9800 GT .

Do I need to change a motherboard setting ?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Bern
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22 Jan 2010   #33

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Confirm that your BIOS is set to boot from the DVD drive first.

Insert the DVD in the drive.

Turn your PC off COMPLETELY.

Restart the PC with the DVD in the drive.

What happens--what screen do you come to if you keep your hands off the keyboard and mouse?

Is this a retail purchased Windows disc or a disc burned from a download?
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22 Jan 2010   #34

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bern View Post
Hi there,

I tried to install my new Windows 7 64 OS bit but today failed several times. I was wanting to replace my XP 32 bit OS. When I inserted the Windows 64 bit disc I could not even get to the start of the install process. An error message said the disc was incompatible with my system and suggested I re-boot , with the disc inserted. I did this several times, to no avail. I have now loaded Windows 7 32 bit without any problems (using the clean install that I had intended use on the first attempt at installing Windows 7 64) but I'd still like to switch to Windows 7 64 bit.

The Windows 7 compatability tool reports that my system is capable of running Windows 7 64 bit. It has an Inel E8500 CPU, 6 GB of RAM , an Asus P5E Deluxe motherboard and a GE Force 9800 GT .

Do I need to change a motherboard setting ?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Bern
Hello, Welcome!

Please start your own thread in the Installation section.

Thanks,
~Jonathan
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22 Jan 2010   #35

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Thanls for this advice. I will try it in a few minutes. My Windows 7 discs are fair dinkum- I brought the program at Best But in NYC today
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05 Feb 2010   #36

WIN 7-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post

Problem: Error message “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition.”

What to try:
Make sure that the partition is primary, active, and formatted with NTFS.
Wow! Great thread Jonathan! I too suffered from the "Setup was unable to create a new system partition...."

I have a P7P55D Deluxe mobo from ASUS
WD Caviar 1 TB HDD X 2, RAID-1
WIN 7-64 OS, OEM

I first installed the WIN 7 over my RAID-1 configuration. So far so good. Then I tried installing a Linksys WUSB54GC USB wireless adapter so I could download updates to my new rig.

This is when WIN 7 started acting up. It wouldn't shutdown and when it did there was the BSOD. Impatiently I shut it down "hard" and on reboot it wouldn't launch windows, it just went to a black screen and stayed there.

Since this was a clean install on a new rig, I decided to delete everything and restart from scratch. At the Where do you want to install? screen I selected my RAID drive and chose Format from the menu. Big Mistake! After selecting my RAID drive, when I clicked Next I got the "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. Please view the logs for more information" message.

This had me stymied so I began my search for a solution (google is your friend!) and landed here. However, there were other suggestions from other forums and long-story, short: what worked for me was to remove the battery from the mobo for 10-minutes. And then reinsert the battery, insert the WIN 7 x 64 install DVD and start over. At boot, I then entered the BIOS and changed the default storage config from IDE to RAID and then pressed [CTRL +I] when prompted to acces the RAID config screen and selected RAID-1. When I got to the Where do you want to install screen, I created a 30 GB partition, loaded my Intel RAID driver from USB Flash drive and then proceeded to allow WIN 7 to install with no further interruption!

I would recommend adding the 10-minute battery removal procedure as a first step in the What to try section.

This forum is a Great resource! Thanks for posting Jonathan!

EDITED: to add - I also made sure that my DVD RW was the first boot sequence followed by the RAID drive. In the end I'm not sure which "tweak" made it all work, but if you try the battery removal procedure, make sure you sequence your Boot properly in the BIOS before attempting to reinstall WIN 7 x64
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09 Feb 2010   #37

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post

Problem: Error message “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition.”

What to try:
Make sure that the partition is primary, active, and formatted with NTFS.
Wow! Great thread Jonathan! I too suffered from the "Setup was unable to create a new system partition...."

I have a P7P55D Deluxe mobo from ASUS
WD Caviar 1 TB HDD X 2, RAID-1
WIN 7-64 OS, OEM

I first installed the WIN 7 over my RAID-1 configuration. So far so good. Then I tried installing a Linksys WUSB54GC USB wireless adapter so I could download updates to my new rig.

This is when WIN 7 started acting up. It wouldn't shutdown and when it did there was the BSOD. Impatiently I shut it down "hard" and on reboot it wouldn't launch windows, it just went to a black screen and stayed there.

Since this was a clean install on a new rig, I decided to delete everything and restart from scratch. At the Where do you want to install? screen I selected my RAID drive and chose Format from the menu. Big Mistake! After selecting my RAID drive, when I clicked Next I got the "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. Please view the logs for more information" message.

This had me stymied so I began my search for a solution (google is your friend!) and landed here. However, there were other suggestions from other forums and long-story, short: what worked for me was to remove the battery from the mobo for 10-minutes. And then reinsert the battery, insert the WIN 7 x 64 install DVD and start over. At boot, I then entered the BIOS and changed the default storage config from IDE to RAID and then pressed [CTRL +I] when prompted to acces the RAID config screen and selected RAID-1. When I got to the Where do you want to install screen, I created a 30 GB partition, loaded my Intel RAID driver from USB Flash drive and then proceeded to allow WIN 7 to install with no further interruption!

I would recommend adding the 10-minute battery removal procedure as a first step in the What to try section.

This forum is a Great resource! Thanks for posting Jonathan!

EDITED: to add - I also made sure that my DVD RW was the first boot sequence followed by the RAID drive. In the end I'm not sure which "tweak" made it all work, but if you try the battery removal procedure, make sure you sequence your Boot properly in the BIOS before attempting to reinstall WIN 7 x64
Thank you. What removing the battery probably did was to clear the CMOS. I will include that in my original post.
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26 Feb 2010   #38
lgp

Windows 7
 
 

This is from the experience I've gotten installing 7 on quite a number of units, each different from the others with regards to specs.

There are times when installation would get stuck on expanding files 0% for several hours with the drive lights on both the Optical Drive and the Hard Drive furiously blinking. One thing I noticed is that it usually happened on units with SATA drives.

The workaround for this was to go into the BIOS and change the SATA settings from "Enhanced" to "Compatible". Installation then proceeded without a hitch. After installation of 7 and the needed device drivers, I then went back to BIOS and changed the SATA settings back to "Enhanced".

I have had no problems since. I hope this helps.
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26 Feb 2010   #39

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bern View Post
Thanls for this advice. I will try it in a few minutes. My Windows 7 discs are fair dinkum- I brought the program at Best But in NYC today
Ive never heard of that store... Are they near Hooters?

LOL!!!!!!!!!!
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01 Mar 2010   #40

windows 7 pro 64
 
 
Windows 7 Pro 64 Clean Install

I installed Windows I thought with no probem and set me up as a administrator of course, but had trouble accessing the C: drive said I had no permissions. Then other issues like McFee software folder was just empty before I wondered why it did not work. I got tired of the issues and first install, so I figured after lossing my HP Photosmart D7460 printer software and could not reload. Screw it I will redo the system. It would then get errors like 0x80070022 or 0x800703E7 some other issues. I decided to load XP pro on small drive and use WD's lifeguard software and check disc. Erased it using 0os from Lifeguard software. Now it loads, but I get Wrong Volume GRMCPRXFREO_EN_DVD into D. Well you can restart no good, cancel quits, so I tried continued this time and it seems to be formatting I would guess. I miss XP pro which actually let you know it was formatting and progress of format. Oh well, it was MS OEM tech's that got me interested in Windows 7 when they said XP might not be support much longer like 2000 etc after they replaced my damaged OEM XP Pro disc. Plus I wanted Windows to see all my memory not 1/2 of it as XP did or a least the 32 version. I am new at asking for help in a forum, so I am hoping my unskilled writing skills are OK for this forum setup. I was just wondering if anyone else had any issues with Windows 7 like I had or what you guys or gals might think? I guess I should not gotten impatient for HP printer software support to help with printer issue, but the install seemed unstable and if you know me, my pics etc are backed up on disc so screw it reload. Guess I just have a bad attitude towards computer software clitches, but even with XP Pro, I never got much luck out of repairing it verses a new install. I am going to change out MSI MB because it's CPUs list mine but at only 95 watts not 125 as AMD suggest they run with. ASUS deluxe maybe not sure on mixed reviews yet and it's about twice the price of MSI board.
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