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Windows 7: Stuck on expanding windows files 0% PLEASE HELP

06 Aug 2010   #11


I have no idea how to set the bios back to the default, I'm not even sure where to find them.

Help please!!!

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06 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 10 Pro x64

When your machine first boots, you should be able to press a key (DEL, F2, F10, F12, etc... depends on the BIOS) to enter BIOS setup. If your Sony displays a splash screen instead of verbose BIOS output before Windows boots, you'll probably have to check the manual to see what button(s) can get you into your BIOS setup.
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06 Aug 2010   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

if that be the case, then you haven't changed the bios.
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06 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 8 Pro

Another thing you can try is removing all but one stick of RAM.

I have no idea why this works sometimes. It's just one of those unexplainable things in life.

Once the install is complete, you can put your other sticks of RAM back in place.
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07 Aug 2010   #15


The OP's issue is actually pretty common with older systems. The delay when it gets stuck at 0% is likely the actual partitioning and formatting taking place, and then your system reading and unpacking 3 GB of installation files from the DVD to a temporary file on the HDD before any progress is shown. That can take a very long time on an older system, especially if you're installing to a 640GB or bigger HDD on a computer that has a single core or even anolder dual core CPU (like a pentium d) and a slow DVD drive. It's always better to copy the install dvd to a 4GB flash drive (or SD card if the computer has a built in card reader) and boot from USB. (if you have a computer that can't boot from a USB flash drive, it's probably too old to run windows 7 anyway) The reason is simple.. any computer can read from a usb stick more than 10x faster than from a DVD. Another way to speed up the install process is to create a 100GB partition for the install and leave the rest of the HDD as free space. if you use the command line to zero your HDD before the install, after diskpart is done, type exit, wait for the prompt and then type setup to start the windows installation instead of rebooting.
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07 Aug 2010   #16
Microsoft MVP


Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS.URL

Check also for a newer BIOS version update for your model computer on its Support Downloads webpage.

After clearing CMOS, set SATA controller in BIOS to AHCI first, then IDE mode if install doesn't work better.
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07 Aug 2010   #17
Internet Badass

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Looking at your specs, I would use the 32 bit disc.
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08 Aug 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The minimum RAM requirements for Windows 7 x64 is 2GB of RAM. I would just use the 32-bit version and if you upgrade the RAM then maybe use 64-bit, but honestly I don't think you will see much of a benefit using the 64 bit edition. I know we all want the fastest and the best, but I think in your case the 32-bit will give you just that.
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09 Aug 2010   #19


64 bit win 7 will install at below minimum RAM recommendations, but I would go even further and recommend not installing the 64 bit version unless you have more than 3GB of ram. IME, you don't see any performance gain with 64 bit vs 32 bit between 2-4 GB of RAM and the 32 bit version is much snappier on marginal systems. The big advantage of 64 bit over 32 bit, however, comes into play when running multiple simultaneous applications if you have the memory to take advantage of it.
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