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Windows 7: Win 7 Install crashing


28 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Win 7 Install crashing

I know many people seem to have this same problem of the install crashing / unresponsive at the "starting windows" screen. I tried the solutions that others had, but none seem to work for me. Here's my setup

- AMD Phenom X4 955 Black edition
- MSI 890GXM-G65
- Mushkin 2GB DDR3 1333
- WD 160GB HDD (SATA3)
- Samsung DVD burner (IDE)

It's pretty minimalist, setting it up for my mom to use. Anyways... I tried both a retail Win 7 and one from my MSDN subscription, neither worked. I know the disc is good, I was able to install it in a VM.

I tried disabling USB and USB 3.0, on-board audio, and LAN but nothing seems to work. Sometimes it gets suck at "starting windows", sometimes at the region/language selection screen.

Does anyone know if maybe the board is not compatible for some reason? Maybe some other devices on the board that's not compatible? I wasn't too sure how to mess around with the on-board graphics so I left it at the default settings. I'm connecting a monitor through VGA.

Thanks! Any help will be much appreciated

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28 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Try removing any video cards, and all but 1 stick of RAM.
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28 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I'm actually not using a video card, using on-board graphics. Also using a single stick 2GB ram module.
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28 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate,And Nearly all the |Others
 
 

Did you completly format the hd berfore installing? Old Os files can clash and screw up
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28 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What is the machine you are installing it on? Is it a new build you just put together, or did it have an OS on it previously?

You may try testing the RAM. Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder. Boot from the CD, and run at least 5 passes.
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28 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Techguyjamie View Post
Did you completly format the hd berfore installing? Old Os files can clash and screw up
It's a fresh install on a new hard drive.

I actually haven't tried install in safe mode yet. I'll try that and see what happens, but I'm kind of pessimistic about it working...
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28 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
What is the machine you are installing it on? Is it a new build you just put together, or did it have an OS on it previously?

You may try testing the RAM. Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder. Boot from the CD, and run at least 5 passes.
Thanks, I'll try testing the ram with Memtest86.
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28 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

When you say "it doesn't work" can you be more specific? Are there any types of errors that the installer is giving? Is there a specific point in time during the installation in which it stops working?

Thanks
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28 Apr 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Check all of the connections, replug cables and RAM chip. Test your RAM with memtest

Try setting SATA controller in BIOS to AHCI.
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29 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Memtest reported back with no errors.

I tried setting SATA controller to AHCI, but no luck. I disabled every possible thing I could in the bios, but still no go. Setup still freezes at the "starting windows" or at the language selection screens.

Tried installing in safe mode, at language selection screen I was able to click the next button this time, but the second I clicked it, it became unresponsive.

Oddly enough, I can install WinXP with no problems. It's going through the install as I'm writing this right now.

What's going on?? What's wrong with Windows 7?
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