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Windows 7: How to abort a failed install?


20 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Help! how do I abort a failed Win7 install?

I swapped a fairly new 500GB drive (that I had previously formatted to backup files) with the old XP system drive and installed Windows 7 Home Premium. However it is stuck at "Expanding Windows files (24%)" for three hours with not much activity on the HDD LED. Google seems to say this happens with the RCversion and just to wait, but it doesn't appear common for my Home Premium version.

I had also re-routed some cables (everything seemed OK in the BIOS) so should I keep waiting and see if I get a Windows 7 error code, or should I abort and try to re-install XP on the new-ish HDD to see if everything is OK with the PC, or if it was the Windows 7 disk? If so, how do I abort the install so I can try with XP?
Many thanks for any replies.

Forgot to add, should I have disconnected the old XP system HDD before trying to install Windows 7? The new 500GB drive was set as the boot drive and selected for the install, but I don't know if leaving the old XP system HDD in (to use for backups) would cause a problem.

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20 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry to bump this thread, but does anyone know how to abort the Windows 7 install properly? I cannot find it through Google.

I can try my XP disc then to see if it's a problem with the PC, or the Windows 7 disc.

Many thanks for any replys.
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20 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stephens View Post
I had also re-routed some cables (everything seemed OK in the BIOS) so should I keep waiting and see if I get a Windows 7 error code, or should I abort and try to re-install XP on the new-ish HDD to see if everything is OK with the PC, or if it was the Windows 7 disk? If so, how do I abort the install so I can try with XP?
Many thanks for any replies.
Stephens, welcome to the forums
There are indeed cases with the RC when it took a long time to install, but you probably have to start over. The best at this point is to turn the computer off, format that drive and start over.
Do disconnect the XP drive. Even if it is not messing with the install, you will probalby have a messed boot file after it is done; if you won't use XP anymore, just format that one too after you have 7 up and running. If you want double boot, pls check this thread
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20 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the reply wallyinnc. I will format the drive and disconnect the XP drive before trying again, like you say. Hope I have better luck next time.
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21 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

OK. Let us know if you succeed, or if you need additional support
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