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Windows 7: Failing Install (unlike the others

20 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Failing Install (unlike the others

Originally had Vista on the machine working fine. Purchased Win 7 Ultimate retail disks.

First attempt was to do an upgrade from Vista 64bit to Win 7 64 bit.
Vista read the disk fine it went through it's normal activity, choose Upgrade and than it said it was ready to reboot.

Reboot > BIOS boots up > disk starts spinning, it says it's loading data > screen changes to "Starting Windows". It's at this point the lights on my usb Keyboard and mouse go out, HD activity stops. 10 seconds later HD activity lights starts flashing for about 5 seconds and than flat lines. Hangs like this for hours.

Steps i've taken so far.
  • Tried 64 bit disc & 32 bit disc: results same
  • Getting ps2 keyboard/mouse :results same
  • getting new video card with VGA out : results same
  • unplugging all peripheral devices: results same
  • made usb boot of Windows 7 64 bit: results same
  • tried my vista disc: boots fine
  • confirmed DVD drive is Master : results same
  • numerous Bios changes and complete resets: results same.
No matter what I do I can't get past "Windows Starting"
It doesn't make sense. A friend of mine has almost the exact same hardware in his computer. We bought the same parts at the same time. He had no problems at all upgrading from vista to win 7

Any suggestions or help

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20 Feb 2010   #2

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

A shot in the dark here...

I couldn't get Seven to load on one computer until I went into the BIOS and disabled legacy LAN.
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21 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Steveiray,

Thanks for the reply, I just tried your suggestion, but I still get the same result.

I'm about ready to put my foot through this machine
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21 Feb 2010   #4

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Wow, this is a puzzler. You did all of the usual tricks already. Tell me... when you used the PS/2 keyboard and mouse, did you also disable legacy USB in your BIOS? Sometimes that'll work.

Also you could try to use your friend's disc to install, just put in your own key # if it works. Its very rare, but even a disc from MS may be bad sometimes.
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21 Feb 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor?

Try a clean boot: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/331796

There is something blocking a successful in-place Upgrade. I would consider a clean install. It is a much better install without corruption paths. Failure is an omen here.
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21 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

@Stevieray: No I didn't try disabling . Will try that now and post results. The thing about the bad disc is,the retail box came with 2 discs. 32-bit / 64-bit. Both of which don't work. Plus i made a USB boot drive from the disc.

@gregrocker: I did run the advisor and the only thing that would cause an issue was Itunes and AMD CCC, both of which I removed. But like i said above, after the upgrade failed. I panned on doing a format and complete re-install. But no matter how I try. I can't get past "Starting Windows"
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21 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

So i disabled USB all together. Plugged in PS/2 mouse and keyboard. Reboot
Disc spins up - "Windows is loading files" > "Starting windows" Stall same result after about 10 seconds sitting at this screen there's a little HD activity than the power lights on the keyboard go out and I can't even do a CTRL + ALT + Delete . Same result as before
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21 Feb 2010   #8

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

to qoute a fellow member zigzag3143 boot into safe mode by pressing the f8 key ,if it loads then its your graphics driver, reinstall the the latest driver
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21 Feb 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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21 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by S1ip9 View Post
Originally had Vista on the machine working fine. Purchased Win 7 Ultimate retail disks.

First attempt was to do an upgrade from Vista 64bit to Win 7 64 bit.
Vista read the disk fine it went through it's normal activity, choose Upgrade and than it said it was ready to reboot.

Reboot > BIOS boots up > disk starts spinning, it says it's loading data > screen changes to "Starting Windows". It's at this point the lights on my usb Keyboard and mouse go out, HD activity stops. 10 seconds later HD activity lights starts flashing for about 5 seconds and than flat lines. Hangs like this for hours.

Steps i've taken so far.
  • Tried 64 bit disc & 32 bit disc: results same
  • Getting ps2 keyboard/mouse :results same
  • getting new video card with VGA out : results same
  • unplugging all peripheral devices: results same
  • made usb boot of Windows 7 64 bit: results same
  • tried my vista disc: boots fine
  • confirmed DVD drive is Master : results same
  • numerous Bios changes and complete resets: results same.
No matter what I do I can't get past "Windows Starting"
It doesn't make sense. A friend of mine has almost the exact same hardware in his computer. We bought the same parts at the same time. He had no problems at all upgrading from vista to win 7

Any suggestions or help
Above you say you have tried leaving it hanging for hours? Try leaving it that way all night and see if it has continued by morning. I have seen this work. and might work for you, Good luck to you with this problem.
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