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Windows 7: I've ruined my PC...


27 Apr 2009   #1

vista
 
 
I've ruined my PC...

Okay, so I got talked into installing Windows 7 (7100), I downloaded it, mounted it as a Virtual Drive and clicked to install it over vista as a clean install on the C Drive. Everything was going okay until it restarted a went to a black screen that said Windows 7 Build 7100 in the bottom right corner. That stayed for a long time and did nothing so I turned the PC off and on using the front button. Now all it does is boot up, ask if I want to start with Repair or start normally. Either option just restarts the PC and does the same thing over and over. Is there ANYTHING I can do to fix this?

It's a 3 Ghz Pentium D with 2 gigs of RAM and I am using an AGP X1600 512 MB videocard (VGA) (I think thats the model).

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27 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

first thing is dont panic, there are ways to resolve everything, even if it means reinstalling. i assume you had everything backed up before installation.

do you get a system restore option when the repair option appears. if you do, try the restore option, as the corruption may have taken place when you hard re-booted your p.c. you may be better doing another fresh install anyway, in case files have been corrupted. can you burn the iso to disc and install from the disc?

one of the really cool things about 7 is the fast, virtually unattended, installation.

hope this helps
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27 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

If it's turning on and doing something then don't worry it isn't ruined.Now if smoke was shooting out the back then i would worry.Worst case scenario you could always throw an install disc in and start over if it wont let you repair the installation.
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27 Apr 2009   #4

vista
 
 

I try System Restore and the PC just reboots. I do have all of my stuff backed up so that's some relief. I don't have the Windows 7 ISO anymore since I booted it from the C drive. I'm downloading it again now on my notebook. I have several memory cards and external HDDs, but no blank DVDs or thumb drives, can I boot off one of them?

Also, I don't have any Vista boot cd, I guess my PC had a partition with vista on it.
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27 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

You should be able to boot from the external drive.Make sure to change the boot priority though.
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27 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7077
 
 

Yep.
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27 Apr 2009   #7

vista
 
 

great! Once it's finished downloading, I'm sure I'll probably need help.
Just in case, how do I set boot priority? I THINK I know, but I might as well do it right the first time with your help!
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27 Apr 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

Set boot priority in the bios
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27 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 7077
 
 

Personally, I just press F8(or w.e.) during the BIOS screen to bring up the boot menu. You only need to change the priority once, so why bother diving into the bios boot order?
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27 Apr 2009   #10

vista
 
 

Okay, i DON'T know how to change the boot order in the bios. I can get to the Boot Menu and choose my HDD but it doesn't do anything. I've extracted the Windows 7 ISO to a Partition on the external HDD and set the drive letter as S.
Any ideas?
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