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Windows 7: Why can't I do a clean install?

16 Sep 2010   #131
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What was the result of Startup Repair run from DVD? Booting into Safe Mode?

I uploaded memtest and GWscan HD diagnostics/repair CD scan for you to run to extract files then burn ISO file to CD using ImgBurn at 4 speed.

GWScan will unzip its files to C:Cabs where you'll find ISO. Boot to run full scan, then run Check Disk from DVD command line.




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File Type: zip memtest34a.zip (65.9 KB, 3 views)
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16 Sep 2010   #132
Kinggo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Steezy,
I have been reading about your prob, I build and repair PC's all the time and I would have been swapping hardware to try and isolate the problem by now. It does sound like a hardware prob to me, have you got another HD to test in the PC, or memory or graphics that is compatable? Sometimes a faulty componant can cause these types of problems.
Greg has been giving you some awesome help, Hope you sort it out.
Meanwhile I have got my installing on a raid to sort out, good luck guys.
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16 Sep 2010   #133
Kinggo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Active@Killdisk is a great tool too.
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16 Sep 2010   #134
Steezy

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Greg- start up results: restore windows, so i SHOULD be able to log onto my windows profile after this finishes. Once i get there i will ask what to do next so i dont get ahead of myself on this >.< which was my problem before today

kinggo- yes my graphics card may be damaged. (when my comp allowed me to check, it said that my g card had the lastest version already dl'd, meaning something is up.) Also, when i got my computer, it didnt even have a sound card. Would that a possible problem? I doubt it really
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16 Sep 2010   #135
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It may require another Repair even it if says it completed.

If so boot the DVD, select Repair My COMputer on second screen, click through to Recovery Tools test to run Startup Repair again.
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16 Sep 2010   #136
Steezy

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I have a killdisk cd but its the free version. I think that is the active@kill but hmm that only deletes the HD right?
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16 Sep 2010   #137
Steezy

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

On the start up repair, it asked me to restore the computer to an earlier time. After that message went away, nothing has changed. It is still "attempting repairs".
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16 Sep 2010   #138
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, same as Diskpart Clean All. I would wait til you run the HD diagnostics tomorrow and then zero the HD from that CD.

Are you using the Western Digital or the Seagate? Have you tried install to both?
Here are the HD's you have on that rig: Why can't I do a clean install?

I concur with KingGo that it is likely hardware which is why you need to run memtest under stress (overnight) and HD diagnostics. Then find another vid card to swap in to try install - borrowed from friend, bought from store to test, etc.
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16 Sep 2010   #139
Steezy

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, same as Diskpart. I would wait til you run the HD diagnostics tomorrow and then zero the HD from that CD.

Are you using the Western Digital or the Seagate? Have you tried install to both?

Are you talking about killdisk? If so, i only have the very first option for free downloads only :/ whatever that option is.

Alright startup repair just now finished completely, here is the exact result:
"root cause found: unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.

Repair action: system restore
result: completed successfully. Error code= 0x0
time taken=880500ms"

alrighty so now i click finish.
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16 Sep 2010   #140
Steezy

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

OHHHH okay, im usinf the western WD160 one (first one of the two)
my other HDs are completely unplugged right now so if i might need them later i can just hook back up
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