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Windows 7: Win 7 Custom Install Crash


19 Nov 2009   #11

windows xp / windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I was very fortunate, I had no problem whatsoever, installing Windows 7. I'm just guessing based upon what I read in this forum, prior to my installing.
Do exactly what I did. Install from the OS, when asked for the Key do not give it. Give it when you are done and are happy with the install. In your case you would definately want a clean install.
Just so I'm clear, you want me to roll back to XP (my previous OS) and then install Windows 7 whilst in the OS (rather than booting from the DVD)?


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19 Nov 2009   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

From your original post, I assumed, maybe incorrectly, that the origanl OS was still present. Just install your DVD, when you get to the choice, chose custom install. When it asks for your key, do not give it. Wait until the OS is installed. With the retail version or upgrade version, you can install in this fashion. The trick is not to give your number until the end. There are a lot of examples in the tutorials. I suggest that you check them out before you do anything else.

We have tried almost everything. I can only suggest trying the two installation methods, one you tried already (originally). Now try the other. You really can't lose anything, you are not able to install 7, anyway.



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21 Nov 2009   #13

Windows XP => Windows 7
 
 
I'm having the same problem

I have the exact same problem as Foot describes. Crashing in the final installation steps. I'm getting desperate too. I'm upgrading from a Windows XP desktop. I have an Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2 GHz, 2GB mem, Seagate 500GB HD, ... I haven't checked my Plug and Play BIOS setting yet, but will shortly and post the results.
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21 Nov 2009   #14

windows 7
 
 

I'm in the same boat with a sony VGN-FZ140E/PCG-384L and now its in a constant loop and can not even restart the clean install if I wanted to....please help!
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21 Nov 2009   #15

 

Worth a try, see if there are any BIOS updates which could, just could, fix whatever may be causing these sorts of problems with Windows 7 Setup to occur...
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21 Nov 2009   #16

Windows XP => Windows 7
 
 
Still having problems

Plug and Play BIOS was already set "yes" on my system. So this was not the problem. I'm trying to custom install Windows 7 on a separate physical hard drive (Seagate 500GB) than where XP is installed (WD 160GB). Could that be the problem?
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21 Nov 2009   #17

 

Plug n' play and a BIOS update are two different things...
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21 Nov 2009   #18

Windows XP => Windows 7
 
 

I was referring to the BIOS setting for "Plug and Play OS". My BIOS has this setting and was referred to on another thread " Windows 7 Fresh Installation = Unexpected Error ?". However this did not help me. I am checking for a full BIOS update from Phoenix as you suggest.
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22 Nov 2009   #19
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ronsco View Post
I have the exact same problem as Foot describes. Crashing in the final installation steps. I'm getting desperate too. I'm upgrading from a Windows XP desktop. I have an Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2 GHz, 2GB mem, Seagate 500GB HD, ... I haven't checked my Plug and Play BIOS setting yet, but will shortly and post the results.
If you are running the Windows 7 installer from the XP desktop, you may be using XP NTFS formatting which has a different partition table.

Boot from the Windows 7 installer, delete the chosen partition, recreate, format and then install Windows 7.
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22 Nov 2009   #20

Windows XP => Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion. I have got it working now.

Windows 7 upgrade advisor had been warning my system's "video graphics adaptor would not support Aero". In a long shot, I replaced my video graphics card (a XFX GeForce 8500 GT 512MB) with a new one certified for Windows 7 (a PNY GeForce 210 512MB).

Regarding your suggestion, I had reformatted my target drive several times (after the failed installs) as you suggest "..delete the chosen partition, recreate, format". However, I don't remember if I would always do this from a reboot from Windows 7 DVD. Sometimes I would do this from Windows XP boot.
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