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Windows 7: Install process takes unusually long time

15 Jan 2010   #1

W7 Ult x64
 
 
Install process takes unusually long time

I have just assembled a new machine, installed Windows 7 on it and noticed that a part of installation process took unusually long time. The time in question is between when "Windows is loading files . . ." is displayed and when "Please read the license terms" is displayed, which was about 10 minutes. With my 6 years old machine it is 70 seconds. From "Please read the license terms" to completion of installation took 15 minutes which appears normal. Windows 7 so installed on the new machine seems operating normal.

The hardware details are:
Mobo: GA-790XTA-UD4 with BIOS F2
CPU: Phenom II 720 x3
RAM: Corsair 4GB Kit DDR3 1600 (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)
Video Card: Diamond HD 5770
HDD: Hitachi 1TB SATA HD31000 IDK/7K
Opt Drive: DVD-RW Toshiba Samsung SH-S223C (SATA interface)
PSU: BFG Tech 550W ATX 12V 2.2


All the above components are new.
I wonder if there is something wrong with the mobo or any other parts used as above. I tried two different DVD drives, one with SATA and another with ATAPI but to no avail.


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15 Jan 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I did not experience the problem during my installation. Many posters have and the answer given is that it is not a problem. Most question us, while installing and are told just wait. In my opinion, just enjoy your new system, it is great.
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15 Jan 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you install on your "old" system from a CD or an .iso which was on the system. There is one phase in the beginning of the installation where the system is unpacking the files - and that takes a LOT longer from CD than from an .iso. Could that account for the difference in timing?
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15 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Check the BIOS on the system to ensure that the Floppy Drive is listed as "disabled" if you don't have one present and installed. I had a computer do that with Vista and I believe I have read that it can happen on Windows 7 as well. When I changed my option, the speed between those steps dropped down just like expected.
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15 Jan 2010   #5

W7 Ult x64
 
 

Thanks everyone for your responses.
pparks1's suggestion is right on the target. On my BIOS the original entry for Floppy Drive was "A:" and I changed this to "None". ( I could not find anywhere the Floppy drive could be "disabled" I would assume the above do the same thing since the problem is resolved.)
Thank you so very much for your help.
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15 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Disabled and None accomplish the same thing. And as you have noticed, the installation speed picked right up. Glad that I was able to help and this old trick is still viable.
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15 Jan 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is amazing how many modern mobos still come with floppy entries. That's one of the first things I trash on a new machine. That's why I never had this problem and was not even aware of it. I also never owned a PC with floppies.
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