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Windows 7: What do I do?

08 Nov 2010   #11
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You do not boot from the DVD to do a Repair Install. RUn it from the desktop as an in-place Upgrade. Stay connected to the internet to get needed Updates into installer. Resolve any issues presented by googling them or coming back here.

Repair Install

You'll know after the Repair Install if the corruption carries over requiring a Clean Reinstall. We can help walk you through that to get the perfect install.

Clean Install Windows 7
I thought that's what the repair tutorial said to do to run the repair from your desktop until I was told to boot from the disk.

Okay now back to installing Windows 7 repair from my desktop after loading the disk in the drive it won't run the program it's like there's nothing in the drive tray nor does it show up in "Computer", it started fine when I was booting from the disk.

In Device Manager both my drives have a yellow exclamation point not sure what the problem is or how to fix them funny they work when booting to them. The drives show they have drivers what do I need to do

How do I get the Windows 7 disk to initiate?


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08 Nov 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

Go to Start>Devices and Printers (or Control Panel if not on your start menu) and you should see the same yellow exclamation mark on device or your Computer. Rightclick to run the Troubleshooter to find out what is erroring.

Did you use the drivers installed with WIn7 DVD, and have kept up with newer supplied via optional Windows Updates? In that case, you may need to try importing your chipset from the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer to get the correct SATA driver.

Can you use another computer to extract DVD files to your deskstop over your network or to flash stick to run Setup (as Admin) that way? Your DVD drive may be blinky, but more likely it is an issue with SATA controller since you have the Dev Mgr errors.

Or it could be more general OS probs: Google repeat errors text from Event Viewer>Custom Views>Admin to see if anything is obvious and how others have resolved them. Check also the Performance log located on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking WEI score at Computer>Properties. Look for issues cued at the top of Tools page, and Generate a System Health Report.
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08 Nov 2010   #13
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Go to Start>Devices and Printers (or Control Panel if not on your start menu) and you should see the same yellow exclamation mark on device or your Computer. Rightclick to run the Troubleshooter to find out what is erroring.

Did you use the drivers installed with WIn7 DVD, and have kept up with newer supplied via optional Windows Updates? In that case, you may need to try importing your chipset from the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer to get the correct SATA driver.

Can you use another computer to extract DVD files to your deskstop over your network or to flash stick to run Setup (as Admin) that way? Your DVD drive may be blinky, but more likely it is an issue with SATA controller since you have the Dev Mgr errors.

Or it could be more general OS probs: Google repeat errors text from Event Viewer>Custom Views>Admin to see if anything is obvious and how others have resolved them. Check also the Performance log located on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking WEI score at Computer>Properties. Look for issues cued at the top of Tools page, and Generate a System Health Report.
I tried running Trouble shooter and it says "An unexpected error has occurred the trouble-shooting wizard can't continue".

Yes I probably used the Windows 7 drivers and have always updated any drivers that appeared in Windows Update. Boy I'm not sure I understand how to import my chipset

I guess you are saying to load the disk in my laptop but how do I extract the files to my desktop so I don't mess up my laptop?

When I try to open Event Viewer I get an error screen "MMC cannot create the snap-in might have been installed incorrectly".

Did get some report error reporting software come up saying there were 11 problems with Windows Installer Module whatever that is.

I cannot not get Performance, Information and Tools to come up if that is the WEI score you are talking about.

I forgot to mention that I also have a yellow exclamation point in front of PCI Communications Controller don't know if that's important.

At this point I'm a little lost on what to do unless you can further explain how to extract files from the Windows 7 disk.
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08 Nov 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

You need to find a way to get the Repair Install to run, whether by swapping another DVD drive in to try it, extracting the files from DVD using UltraISO trial or 7Zip on another computer to flash stick, external or send over the network. This is a set of files you can copy to your desktop to run Setup as Admin by rightclicking on it.

If you cannot do this, I'd back up my files, wipe the HD to overwrite corrupt or possibly infected code then Clean Reinstall.

Before doing this, make sure you have the latest BIOS update also from the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. Did you even go there to look before saying you don't know how to import chipset?

If you have the latest BIOS, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS

Then also in BIOS setup, set SATA controller to AHCI first, then IDE if necessary.

Next wipe the HD before clean installing Win7: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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08 Nov 2010   #15
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Is this what you mean by extracting the files Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD if so do I extract the whole Windows\System32 folder?

No I didn't try going to support downloads page this is getting a little over my head I don't want to further screw things up. How do I know what BIOS version I have? I have an intel DG965WH would I download and install this http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...+Board+DG965WH (32 bit) . My computer is a locally built computer so no name brand.

I really do appreciate any help you can give me and I'm not trying to make you do the leg work but as I said this is getting a little over my head without specific instructions. Thanks!
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09 Nov 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Try clearing the CMOS first. YOu really need an OS to safely update the BIOS.

What I do to extract the DVD files is place the DVD in a working OD, rightclick on it in Computer to Open, then highlight all of the files show and drag them to the desktop or a flashstick. Once extracted this way, plug the flash stick into the target computer, rightclick on Setup to Run (Repair Install) As Admin. Or send them over the network to the target computer from your desktop.

You can also create a bootable flash stick with the DVD ISO. Install ImgBurn, extract the Image file (ISO), then install UltraISO trial version, open ISO on File tab, Write Image File on Bootable tab, Format first, then Write. Now boot the stick using the one-time BIOS boot menu given on first boot screen - it may be listed under HD's or USB.
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09 Nov 2010   #17
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Greg a little hesitate about going into the BIOS but I will try are these the steps you want me to follow:

1. Clear or reset BIOS - Will I need to write any settings down?

2. Install this: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...=2375&lang=eng

3. Try to extract files from the Windows 7 files on another computer and transfer to the desktop of my corrupted computer then run Repair Install.
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09 Nov 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

I am in the DFW airport now and cannot help you until around 9 pm EST. Work on the Repair Install until then. Try to get your DVD to run. If not, copy the files off of it and transfer them to the problem computer to run the Repair Install which steps are linked earlier.
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09 Nov 2010   #19
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Ok Greg I was able to run the Repair Install and I may be close to having it fixed but I'll let you be the judge I had two minor (I'm hoping) issues either during or after the repair:

1. When I ran the repair there was one compatibility issue: "C:\Windows\System32\SmiEngine.dll is either not designed to run in Windows or it contains errors" but it went ahead and ran through the repair. Do you know what this is or can it be ignored I've haven't noticed any issues that I'm aware of?

2. Out of 49 Windows Updates I had three that failed to install: (KB978886), (KB97662), (KB2387149), before the repair most of these wouldn't install. I tried googling but couldn't tell what they were or how important they were.

I see there is the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2 do you think this would help with the failed updates?

SO FAR (besides the above issues) everything seems fine I have my dvd drives back and Windows Live Mail is working, do you think it is fixed?
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09 Nov 2010   #20
Pusspa

 
 

sometimes when doing lots of updates at once some can fail as the computer needs to reboot to finish other updates, have you tried selecting one update at a time of the three that failed and installing them individually?

EDIT: you will need to have windows updates set to only download and notify to get the chance to do them separately, not automatically update.
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