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Windows 7: Windows 7 failing to begin installation

24 Nov 2009   #1
Sasha Nein

Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 7 failing to begin installation

Hi there,

I have recently purchased a few computer parts and upgraded my computer. After putting it together, I switched it on and went to install windows 7 (hardware changes stop me booting my previous installation). (Note: I was previously using this windows 7 on my old mobo etc.) However, once it does the 'Loading Windows Files...' bit, I get an error message as follows:


Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3. Click "repair your computer."

File: ntoskrnl.exe

Status: 0xc0000098

Info: Windows failed to load because a required file is missing or corrupt."

This occurs straight after the files have loaded, thus I cannot get to the repair part, or check HDD partitions etc. I have tried using both sticks of the RAM seperately, to no avail. I have also unplugged both my HDDs and also tried both of my DVD drives. I have also tried upgrading the BIOS to version 1.4, which doesn't solve the problem. Any help or suggestions would be great, thanks.

Here are the new parts to my system:

Motherboard: MSI P55-CD53 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard.
CPU:Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156).
RAM: OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 Dual Channel OCZ3OB1600LV4GK).

And I am trying to install Windows 7 64-bit.



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24 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 finally!

Sasha Nein, welcome to the forums
Have you formated the drive before starting the new install? I think it is finding left overs from the previous one
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24 Nov 2009   #3
Sasha Nein

Windows 7 (64-bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Sasha Nein, welcome to the forums
Have you formated the drive before starting the new install? I think it is finding left overs from the previous one
I have not tried this as of yet. However, if I have no HDDs plugged in at all, I still get this error. I am also unsure how to format the drives without being able to load into the windows DVD.
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24 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You can try to format with linux ( How to Format a Hard Drive in Linux | ). If you have no linux, use this Fedora (Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive - Feature - Lifehacker ).
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24 Nov 2009   #5


Welcome Sasha, Doing a re-install over an upgraded system is not do-able!
You must do a total clean install.
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24 Nov 2009   #6


Check your boot order in BIOS to make sure DVD drive is listed first, followed by your currently installed OS.

Why do the hardware changes make you unable to boot the existing OS? What error is given?

What tools are available to you booting into F8? Is there are WinRE on the drive?

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