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Windows 7: windows protection error

30 Sep 2010   #1

windows 95
windows protection error

I'm trying to install windows and while its setting up i get this error message

While initializing device IOS Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer.

I get this everytime... Can anybody please help?

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30 Sep 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello tony5198, welcome to Seven Forums!

This KB article seems to think you may have found a virus; if the article doesn't help you may have to go the route outlined in the info box below after you have made back-ups of anything you don't want to lose, though the back-ups could be infected also and you'll just import the virus back into the new install.

Error Message: Initializing Device IOS Windows Protection Error

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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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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