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Windows 7: Graphics driver issue

17 Sep 2010   #11
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

thanks for relating your real-world experience.

My simple statement of one computer=one license was insufficient.

Perhaps your experiences will help to explain.


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17 Sep 2010   #12
spyknee

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32
 
 

Single install per disk???? makes no sense. Your saying that if my W7 install gets corrupted, and I need to start from scratch again, that I would not be able to re-install OS to same system. If the drive fails, I would not be able to re-install W7 to a new disk for same puter.??????

If you install OS to a puter and then update, MS will indeed know if you try to install the same disk OS on another puter and update it. But MS knows nothing till you update OS. An install should not fail just because you install it on a multiple HD's. MS knows nothing till you reg and update your copy, then MS knows all. Too many people crash their OS's, too much hardware dies for a single install of an OS. 1 puter, 1 OS, 1 install would make no allowances for dumb operators or bad hardware. I installed a single copy of XP PRO many times once, Mobo was RMA'ed 5 times and I had to re-install OS each time. Worked everytime. I own two copies of XP Pro both were used multiple times to fix problems. Each copy is used only with 1 puter, but I have had multiple installs of OS. I can not imagine that its different with W7. No one would buy MS if what you say is true, they usually release the product full of bugs. Using us as guinee pigs.
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17 Sep 2010   #13
madtownidiot

 

You don't have to go buy a new windows disk just because the install failed.
Remove all HDDs except for the one you plan to install windows on
Boot from your install DVD or flash drive,
hit shift+f10 when the setup screen appears,
type diskpart at the prompt and at each following prompt
list disk
sel disk 0
clean all (this will take a long time to finish)
exit

then restart and proceed with the installation. It's a retail disk so you have the right to install windows to a different computer if the one you first tried to install to didn't work.. but you can't have two computers running the same copy of windows 7 simultaneously. If you have trouble getting it activated call microsoft and activate by phone.
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17 Sep 2010   #14
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steezy View Post
What are you talking about??
>.>
You are allowed to have more than ONE computer in your house.
True, but, You can only install/activate your copy of Windows7 on ONE machine at a time and it must be completely removed from a machine before you install on another machine......unless of course you are telling us that you have a volume license copy and the license for such.

Trying to install to your PC using a different PC to install to your HD then moving the drive is just asking for trouble. You can probably get away with it but you may cause yourself a lot of trouble down the road as relates to stability and weird issues including drivers unless the machines are exactly the same.

You have received some good advice here and I hope that you can overcome the issues you face with your choices.
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18 Sep 2010   #15
Steezy

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay, some of you got confused with what I said. I am installing windows to only ONE HD and only one. My computer is having hardware issues (i know this now) but at the time i thought that my computer wouldn't boot because of an error installing.
I thought that, when installing, you must have good hardware/drivers/etc. or else it won't finish installation. I couldn't finish installation because of errors like that.

The point of me using my mom's computer, was to finish that installation of windows and then move my HD back to my computer so i could boot it up. I thought that it didn't matter where you installed windows as long as you update the drivers and such, but obviously you can't. The problem computer (mine) won't even DL the drivers when i switch my HD back so this method doesn't work.

It has nothing to do with "one license" as when i remove my parents OS (in their HD) there is NO OS on their computer, leaving me able to install my retail disc windows 7 home premium to my HD that is switched with theirs.
Nothing about stealing, fraud or whatever some of you are getting at. I'm just a teen trying to fix my crashed computer Good thing i know what's wrong though :\ it's been 3 weeks now figuring out whats up...

Why can't I do a clean install? <-- My original thread, check it out if you want to help/give your input.

Hope this cleared it up.. Thanks
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18 Sep 2010   #16
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steezy View Post
Okay, some of you got confused with what I said. I am installing windows to only ONE HD and only one. My computer is having hardware issues (i know this now) but at the time i thought that my computer wouldn't boot because of an error installing.
I thought that, when installing, you must have good hardware/drivers/etc. or else it won't finish installation. I couldn't finish installation because of errors like that.

The point of me using my mom's computer, was to finish that installation of windows and then move my HD back to my computer so i could boot it up. I thought that it didn't matter where you installed windows as long as you update the drivers and such, but obviously you can't. The problem computer (mine) won't even DL the drivers when i switch my HD back so this method doesn't work.

It has nothing to do with "one license" as when i remove my parents OS (in their HD) there is NO OS on their computer, leaving me able to install my retail disc windows 7 home premium to my HD that is switched with theirs.
Nothing about stealing, fraud or whatever some of you are getting at. I'm just a teen trying to fix my crashed computer Good thing i know what's wrong though :\ it's been 3 weeks now figuring out whats up...

Why can't I do a clean install? <-- My original thread, check it out if you want to help/give your input.

Hope this cleared it up.. Thanks
You are mistaken. Windows does NOT care about your HD.....It considers a different Motherboard to be a different computer hence you ARE installing to a different computer weather you agree or not. You can install to your parents computer, activate it and then move the drive to a different computer and re-activate it on the new machine as long as it is not an OEM copy, you MUST have retail to do this. If you can't install on your parents computer either then you may have a bad copy and need to return the copy of Windows7 to where you bought it and get a good copy.

If you can't install on your pc then you probably have other issues that will need to be addressed.

Either way you are just causing yourself more problems trying to jury rig an install, A clean install on good hardware will complete 99.999% of the time.

If you have a legitimate copy then you are also entitled to call Microsoft for support and maybe you should try that.

Some very smart and highly experienced people here are trying to help you and arguing with them or informing them that they "must be confused" makes it distasteful to continue to contribute to your thread. If you want help then show people the same respect you expect yourself.
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18 Sep 2010   #17
madtownidiot

 

Microsoft doesn't care about your hdd, but the simple act of resizing the system partition with 3rd party software will sometimes cause a WAT shutdown
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18 Sep 2010   #18
spyknee

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32
 
 

You can not install an OS on a HD in one system and then move the HD to another system. As I said before, windows does things in an install that describes the path to a systems hardware. If an install fails then you have a bad OS install disk or failing hardware, or incorrect bios settings.

Memtest 86 will check ram, hard drive manufacturers have diagnostic disks for there drives. They are boot disks that will run tests if you set up CD rom as boot device in bios. Check your hardware!

Any confusion is created by you, state your problem simply. Check up on the advice given by googling such.
If you have solved your issue, post your solution for others to learn by.
Forums are two way streets, or they are useless.
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