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Windows 7: Boot Trouble: New System


16 Jun 2010   #1

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Boot Trouble: New System

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"

verbatim

Any Help please?


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16 Jun 2010   #2
tea

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

What software did you use to burn the ISO to the DVD?
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16 Jun 2010   #3

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I actually do not have a DVD burner on my laptop, so I had my roommate do the burning.

It just so happened that he had already made a Windows 7 disk from the same ISO file (same source at least), and he seems to think that he used Alcohol to do it.

Just now, when he copied the files from the ISO extract over, he just used the built in Windows software.
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16 Jun 2010   #4
tea

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Ok, When you boot up do you see the message: "press any key to boot from CD"?
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16 Jun 2010   #5

XP/7
 
 

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key"

I believe this means that he didn't burn the DVD as 'bootable'.
Not 100% sure, but those are my thoughts.
*EQL*
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16 Jun 2010   #6

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I do not get the press any key to boot from CD message.

How do you burn the DVD as bootable?

Also, shouldn't the USB boot have worked?

I did the following w/ an 8 gb KINGSTON flash drive:

1. Formatted using Disk Management tools
2. Converted from FAT32 to NTFS using: convert H: /fs:ntfs in the command line
-- operation successful
3. Went into my Windows 7 folder, navigated to the boot folder in the cmd line, then used: bootsect.exe /nt60 H:
-- operation succesful
4. Copied all the files from the Windows 7 folder into the NTFS formatted flash drive
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16 Jun 2010   #7

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try remaking your USB drive, use the clean all command.
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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16 Jun 2010   #8
tea

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I would double check to see that BIOS is setup to boot from the disc drive. Then use the build in Windows 7 burner or ISOBurn for Windows | Download ISOBurn for Windows software for free at SourceForge.net to burn the disc, be sure to verify and run at lowest speed.
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16 Jun 2010   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try remaking your USB drive, use the clean all command.
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
Is clean a DISKPART command? Because if it is, I'm out of luck, XP's DISKPART doesn't recognize "removable" drives.
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16 Jun 2010   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilchstrabeSter View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try remaking your USB drive, use the clean all command.
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
Is clean a DISKPART command? Because if it is, I'm out of luck, XP's DISKPART doesn't recognize "removable" drives.
Use the MS tool in tutorial. XP will recognize removable drives.
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