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Windows 7: please don't laugh...

21 Oct 2010   #101
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Can you do the install now to that partition?

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21 Oct 2010   #102

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
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Ok, to clarify, I am doing these steps:
Boot DVD, press shift F10 to open a Command Line, type:
ASSIGN letter=C
EXIT (only exits Diskpart)
Ok, I did this step then per the suggestion of other I booted PW again. Now I only have 1 partition listed...
Partition File Stystem Capacity Used Unused Status Type
*: NTFS 298.09 GB 95.05 MB 298.00 GB Active Primary

That sounds about correct for one large partition.

Now try the install to it, but when it asks for the serial key code, DO NOT ENTER IT, Leave it blank, for 30 days free before activation required. Can you have it connected to the internet with a Cat5 ethernet cable? to get windows updates & drivers during install ?
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21 Oct 2010   #103
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Ok, aside from the past few posts confusing me, I am currently at GWScan and I'm not sure what I'm doing.

I have these options:
Select Drive
Check Smart Status
Quick Test
Extended Test
Write Zeros To Drive
View Test Results
Print Test Results
Log File Open/Close

?which do I pick?
I gave you the steps earlier here:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
GWscan should autostart to a DOS screen with 3 choices: type in 1 to Run GWScan, press Enter. On next screen, use down arrow to select Extended Test. After scan completes, arrow down to Quit, then restart computer into DVD to try install again.
Let us know the results of the Disk Check and GWScan full test.

Then try install to partition you created which is correct.

Follow Doc's suggestion to select Remain Connected to Internet during Install if that option is presented by installer, plug in ethernet cable.
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21 Oct 2010   #104

Windows Home Premium 32bit

Ok, so I tried installing Windows 7 this morning and it cleared all the way through the check marks and I did not receive an error. However, it still does not boot...
I received this error after the DVD restarted my pc:
Press Any Key to boot from CD or DVD....Error Loading operating system

So I restarted and then received this:
No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key

So I booted via Windows DVD again, and hit "Repair my Computer." This time under the "System Recovery Option" this was listed:
Operating System
Windows 7
Partition Size
(C:) Local Disk

I even ran "Startup repair," but alas no go.

I also restarted without the DVD:
A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Ok, I may have tried one too many things in my desperation and rush to work... but this looks a lot like where I started...
If this is/I am a lost cause someone is going to have to say it... and I'll have to pick up a few shifts to buy another pc? (I liked mine because of its 6~8 hour battery life and being 4.2lbs)
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21 Oct 2010   #105

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

We have not achieved our objective.

A suggestion is: show this entire correspondence to one of your techie friends, surely you have one-from work, from church, from the local bar, show that person you computer, your dvd, and I'll bet that person can get you rolling. Some people work better with someone by there side as opposed to following directions over the internet.
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21 Oct 2010   #106
Microsoft MVP


Take the DVD out and try to boot. What exactly does it do and say?

What were the GW Scan and DIsk Check results?

Can you post back a screenshot of Partition Wizard CD Drive Map?
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21 Oct 2010   #107

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Did you format the partition at the beginning of the installation?

What is the C partitions used volume?
Use PW bootable CD to find this, also post a camera shot of Partition Wizard disk layout.
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21 Oct 2010   #108

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

If you happen to be at Cal Poly, let me know, I can get you fixed up.

It could be that the HDD is bad, or the BIOS is not reading it, or the HDD firmware is screwed.

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21 Oct 2010   #109

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
It is the Windows 7 upgrade DVD they sent from Acer. My pc originally had Vista but I bought it after a certain date so I received a free (?) update
Well here I go thinking again, into the Past & into the Future at the same time.

Just what if the Acer Home Premium 32 bit upgrade DVD is defective in some way and is not properly writing the boot info to the install. Does any of those other recovery Discs write a boot record by itself ?
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21 Oct 2010   #110
Microsoft MVP


Doc we have two of the Acer Upgrade kits here and as best I can tell they are full retail Win7 DVD's. I didn't even have to do the Clean Install workaround after wiping the first HD of Vista, and the second one took the key upfront.

Sure it could be defective. If she could borrow any other Win7 DVD from a friend then we could help her unlock her version to try install with the Acer Upgrade DVD key. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Once we hear back about the HD tests, then the BIOS HD settings need another look. It may even be as simple as a BIOS update needed, which could be done from VIsta reinstalled by her Recov disks. I doubt whether MS Tech Support delved into that. We need Make/Model to look that up for her.
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