I'm a graduate student, and one of the very few perks of being one is that I have access to free Microsoft Software.
As such, I downloaded Windows 7 64-bit for my new computer:
New computer was built just yesterday, all components are brand new, HDD is fresh.
The computer has NO OPERATING SYSTEM.
Now, I'm trying to boot with Windows 7 on the machine, and so far, I've tried the following with no avail:
- Boot from external HDD (feeble first attempt)
- Boot from NTFS formatted USB Flash Drive (following the instructions in a Maximum PC article)
- Boot from a DVD
The file I have of Windows 7 is an .ISO file, and with my virtual drive on my XP machine, it does run the install. Thus, I do not believe the file is corrupted. I actually burned 2 DVDs, 1) using software to burn the image file, and 2) by copying the files from my virtual drive onto the DVD.
I've configured my BIOS in a variety of ways having it boot in the following order 1) removable disc, 2) HDD 3) DVD, and also with DVD first a number of times.
- The USB boot gives me a message "Invalid or corrupted Bootable partition"
- The DVD just gives me a message is just:
"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key"
Any Help please?