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Windows 7: Fresh Win7 install randomly won't start/new HDD

09 May 2015   #11

Win 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrsWho View Post
One final question before I do this (I just got time this weekend, been a busy week!) Do I allow Windows Update to run and install everything, including drivers? Or should I download them and back them up from Dell's site beforehand?
Hello? Did you read what I just took the time to write out for you above and specifically said it applied to drivers??

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
As suspected you have a bad driver that has caused Startup failure. This is because Win7 is not XP but is a driver-complete OS in the installer and via Windows Update after install. The only drivers which should be imported are those still missing after you Enable hardware auto-updating via Windows Update (Step 3) and install all rounds of Important and Updates, with reboots.

What I would do is wipe the drive and reinstall, this time following Clean Reinstall Windows 7 and in particular the driver steps which are printed in red.

To prepare the drive run the Diskpart Commands in Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums to get it cleanest and do a full format of an Active partition.
If there was ever any dispute about whether one should install all Important and Optional Updates
it is settled by over 1.5 million consumers using Clean Reinstall Windows 7 without a single complaint. They have the best installs of Win7 one can have, and not a one has come back here with problems. Once again, the steps pertaining to drivers are important enough they are printed in red so you won't miss them.
Uh...OK. I'm sorry. It has been a very long week and I am very tired and very tired of messing with this computer. Your help is very appreciated.

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09 May 2015   #12
Microsoft MVP


I would not work on it when you're tired or frustrated. Wait until you are fresh and eager to get at it. This point of view greatly affects the results, believe it or not, because when you are sharper and not frustrated you can interact better with the steps and have a clearer mind.

We'll be here for whenever you are ready to continue.
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 Fresh Win7 install randomly won't start/new HDD

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