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Windows 7: System hangs after install

21 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
System hangs after install


After hours of pulling my hair out, i am unsure what i can do.

I had a copy of windows on my computer for about 3 months (non legit key) and with being happy with the O/S i decieded to go out and buy a copy and do a fresh install.

Since installing, my 200gb HDD will no longer boot past BIOS post. I dropped it from the system and left my other 300gb HDD in and installed it to the HDD no worries, boots up fine and can use win 7. I then did a software update and now it gets stuck on the windows startup screen....

I'm not sure what i can do, it was all working before and now im at a wits end

Could this mean that both HDD have died?

Thanks for any help!

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21 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


If you used a BIOS mod for the "non-legit key" then you need to wipe the HD before installing a legit copy of Win7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Check that you have the latest BIOS version update as you may need to flash your BIOS to repair it if wiping the HD doesn't work.
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21 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7

thanks for the reply.

my bios was never modded for install as the key i used was pre activated.

i will try flashing the bios with the latest version though it is a beta version

i also tried clearing the bios last night (took battery out and then put back in) with no such luck
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22 Aug 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


I would try wiping the HD first. It may not be necessary to flash the BIOS. I have no experience with a beta BIOS and would avoid one myself.

Reinstall is also a good time to test your hardware: 5-6 passes wtih booted memtest86 CD, chkdsk /r and the HD maker's full diag/repair CD scan: Disk Check
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.URL
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