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Windows 7: Setup hangs after automatic restart

25 Sep 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

I don't think Partition Magic is compatible with Win7. Please use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Wipe partition, Format Primary NTFS and Modify>Set to Active.

This failure may be related to the failure of WEI to calculate your score. It would be good to know what version BIOS you are running now. Can you look in BIOS setup to see?

While in BIOS setup, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Then set the SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

Once you wipe the HD, the Win7 DVD should autostart so you can try setting the HD as first to boot which often overcomes the restart hang.


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25 Sep 2010   #12
madtownidiot

 

At the 1st restart, the install disk is no longer necessary and can be ejected.
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25 Sep 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello amoretam.



As Greg is pointing out Partition Magic is probably the issue; have a look at Option Three in this tutorial at the link below to see how to use the free Partition Wizard bootable CD to do a partition specific wipe of the target partition so that Windows will install to that space; or if there's nothing on the entire Hard Disk Drive (HDD) you need to save have a look at the info below for an easier method.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7


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25 Sep 2010   #14
amoretam

Windows 7 x64bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi,
Now I remember there is something that has changed.
At the beginning, when I first tried to install windows, PC would just freeze on several points during the installation process (it would even pass the automatic reboot).
Then I used Hiren's boot 10.4 (which I have used before) to wipe partition, then took memory out of slots, disconnected 2nd HDD, etc, until I find that after post the screen would go black with YoYo readout .

I look in the internet and found out a solution for this so-called YoYo virus which resides in the MBR, so I did this:

1 Boot with Hiren's Boot CD
2 Run Ranish Partition Manager
3 Change MBR Executable code: to Standard IPL
4 Save and Reboot

After that the YoYo readout dissapeared but then this thread started.

Do you think MBR has anything to do with this??

How cou back up all my 300gb of libraries before wiping the HDD?

You wrote this:
"Once you wipe the HD, the Win7 DVD should autostart so you can try setting the HD as first to boot which often overcomes the restart hang."
I don't understand, how could the dvd autostart if I set the HD as first to boot in BIOS??

Why is that wiping just the system partition does not work, why wiping the whole HDD.?

Could a create a Partition Wizard bootable USB flash?? I don't have acess to my dvd drive on the computer..

THANKS A LOT

EDIT:

Sorry, the program I am using is Acronis Disk Director Suite from the Hiren's 10.4 bootable cd, not Partition Magic.
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25 Sep 2010   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



I'm sure you could use this same method to make a bootable Partition Wizard USB stick.


USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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25 Sep 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Sometimes on a wiped HD the installer will autostart. PW which uses a CD will always autostart. But you still need to find out what key is used to bring up the BIOS Boot Menu at boot. If not, then set the DVD drive first to Boot in BIOS as necessary.

If wiping the partition does not help, I would move my files off the HD to wipe the entire HD with one set of zeroes, create and format an install partition, mark it Active.

Did you find out what version BIOS you are running? On a board that old this may be the problem. Unzip the latest BIOS version from mobo maker's Support Downloads website so you can read the ReadMe to see what issues are handled. There may be multiple issues resolved in several updates needed, either needing install sequentially or of latest version - it will inform you.
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25 Sep 2010   #17
amoretam

Windows 7 x64bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Sometimes on a wiped HD the installer will autostart. PW which uses a CD will always autostart. But you still need to find out what key is used to bring up the BIOS Boot Menu at boot. If not, then set the DVD drive first to Boot in BIOS as necessary.

If wiping the partition does not help, I would move my files off the HD to wipe the entire HD with one set of zeroes, create and format an install partition, mark it Active.

Did you find out what version BIOS you are running? On a board that old this may be the problem. Unzip the latest BIOS version from mobo maker's Support Downloads website so you can read the ReadMe to see what issues are handled. There may be multiple issues resolved in several updates needed, either needing install sequentially or of latest version - it will inform you.
I have BIOS version 1.4B1, it's the latest, I flashed it about a month ago.

I will now proceed with creating a booable Partition Wizard Usb flash to wipe and create partition.
I personally don't think that using partition wizard is going to make a difference, because I've been using Acronis Disk Director Suite since I built this computer to format my partition and it all worked fine before.
But, I am going to try this anyway.

There is no manual with the latest bios, i cannot find it, and have no idea where to find the key for the ONE TIME BOOT MENU.

Thanks, i'm coming back right away...
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25 Sep 2010   #18
amoretam

Windows 7 x64bit Home Premium
 
 

I was pressing F11 while booting and it brought me directly to a menu where I can choose what device to boot from!

Is that the ONE TIME BIOS BOOT MENU you talking about???
If yes, isn't it the same as choosing the device order in the bios??
Thanks
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25 Sep 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

It is, but if you have the installer stalling out at restart then having HD as first to boot may solve this.

There are dozens of causes of install problems and this is but one of the several we've suggested to try which seem to apply to your hang problem.

What is the issue requiring USB flash stick to be used for PW CD? Perhaps you should try install using flash stick by same method or another: http://dottech.org/featured/9157 The method that always works for me is Ultra ISO trial version: load ISO, select Write Image on Bootable tab, click Format before Write.
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25 Sep 2010   #20
madtownidiot

 

I've seen this problem before, usually in older systems. The best way to install is by USB flash drive because some older DVD drives especially IDE DVD ROMs, can't read from a DVD fast enough. Failing that, when you reach the first restart point, it's no longer necessary for the install disk to be present.. I always remove before POST on the restart.
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