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Windows 7 Installation Failure - Troubleshoot

How to Overcome most Windows 7 Installation Failures
Published by gregrocker
09 Mar 2014
Default Windows 7 Installation Failure - Troubleshoot

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These steps cover most of the current installation failures encountered. They do not cover hardware issues which can be tested separately from Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.



1. Back up your files, power down to unplug all other HD's and peripherals except keyboard, mouse and ethernet cable (which increases chance it will start up connected so you can get most of your other drivers via Updates).

2. Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Hard Drive first to boot, Save changes and Exit. An SSD may have newer firmware to install on its Support Downloads webpage.

3. If you notice UEFI Boot choices in BIOS Boot Priority menu then proceed with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with. If you don't want a UEFI install you can Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7. This video can help you decide: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

4. If your installation media is in question download the latest official ISO for your licensed version and burn to DVD or flash stick with tool also provided here. You can test your media in another PC to see if it will queue up correctly. If not replace it. If DVD fails even after replacing, try flash stick install - and vice versa. For UEFI install you'll need to create a UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows.

5. Boot the media by tapping the BIOS one-time boot menu key below for your PC brand. Select DVD or for flash stick choose USB, Removable or HD choices which might need to be expanded to choose your stick. Use a USB2 port since SP1 does not support USB3 drivers.
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
6. At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT
7. Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

8. In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

9. After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking partition Active which overcomes certain install failures.

10. If the above steps don't help test your RAM and hard drive from Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

You may start a separate thread in Installation forum or ask in the Comments section below for more help.
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09 Mar 2014   #1
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good tutorial Greg. Hopefully it will solve some issues.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Thanks, it was a template for way too long. Now others can link it.

Shawn said he'd sticky it in Install forum. Older issues like removing a stick of RAM strangely have faded out over the years so must have been hotfixed.

Any edits or adds are most welcome, e.g unplugging all other drives needs a video link which I can't find yet.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It may help to add image of first install screen in step 5. I've seen some people not recognize it as the first screen.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Mar 2014   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Shawn said he'd sticky it in Install forum. Older issues like removing a stick of RAM strangely have faded out over the years so must have been hotfixed.
If you meant to sticky this tutorial there, then I can't since it's a tutorial and not a thread in that forum area.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Actually it was to update the Install forum sticky Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions which Jonathan agrees is dated now since most of those (e.g. remove RAM stick) are no longer needed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It'll probably be best to just unstick that one, and just link this tutorial instead.

You wouldn't want to have this one in both locations.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What other location is that? Sorry if I'm being lunkheaded.

Whatever you think is best.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #8
IownAmoneyPit

Windows 7 Pro x 64 & Windows 8.1 Core/Pro x 64 & Win 10 TP
 
 

Excellent tutorial Greg that is very short and concise as to be not to confusing to newcomers and contains any additional tutorial links if needed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Mar 2014   #9
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Another great tutorial Greg. Keep up the good work.
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