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Windows 7: Windows 7 laptop not booting up

12 Dec 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home Basic

If it was my laptop, I would have done a clean wipe, and then installed the OS fresh. This is what I do too, for my computers, and of computers of my relatives/friends who are okay with it. However, this isn't my laptop, and therefore, I wanted to avoid a clean installation, and let the laptop remain as it is. But, yea, if it isn't possible, then I will do a clean install.

The product key is there on the back of the laptop, and I have noted it.

As I said, the data does not matter at this point.

So, if there is any way that the laptop can be made to boot, looking at the partition table, then it would be great. Otherwise, yes, a format and installation seems to be the way to go.

I also wanted to solve this issue so that I could also get to learn something out of this. Otherwise, I can always perform the clean installation.

So, if something is wrong with that partition table, please advise how to solve it, and get the laptop to boot.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2015   #12

Windows 7 Home Basic

I did a full hard drive wipe with Darik's Boot and Nuke. It went without problems.

I then tried to install Windows 7 on the hard drive. The process went fine until the last step, where it shows "Completing installation". That's where it got stuck, and I waited for 2-3 hours, but it didn't go past that. I had to perform a forced shutdown of the laptop.

After that I again tried to install Windows 7, but now it cannot install.

If I keep the hard drive mode to ATA in BIOS, Windows 7 is unable to detect a hard drive.

If I change the mode to AHCI, then it detects the drive, but gives the error that it cannot install Windows to the hard drive, because the controller might need to be enabled in BIOS.

What's this issue about? How do I solve this?
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 Windows 7 laptop not booting up

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