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Windows 7: hang on "starting windows"

05 Jan 2011   #1
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
hang on "starting windows"

So after managing to get windows to repair itself:
Boot Manager missing
I restarted the computer and now it hangs on "Starting Windows". This happens when trying to boot from CD/ DVD and the HDD. My WIndows 7 install disk has no scratches and I can load it in another computer. Also I can boot off other CDs( like Linux perfectly).


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05 Jan 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

It doesn't look like you have wiped your HD during the Win7 install. It's likely you have a corrupt boot sector.

Follow these tips to get a purrfect install, making sure to wipe your HD first and unplug all other HD's and peripherals: re-install windows 7
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05 Jan 2011   #3
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

the problem is it hang on "loading Windows" even on my Windows 7 DVD
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05 Jan 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Then use Free Partition Wizard CD suggested in other thread to wipe the HD from Disk tab: Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

Where did you get Win7? If you burned it yourself, burn anouther at 4x speed with ImgBurn. Or try installing with flash stick: install UltraISO trial version, on File tab open ISO, on Bootable tab, Write Disk Image, Format button, Write button. Boot under USB or HD's in BIOS Boot menu.

Make sure you have the latest BIOS version update. If so, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Set SATA controller in BIOS to AHCI first, then IDE mode.

Test your RAM with memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes, then test your HD using maker's diag/repair full CD scan: HD Diagnostic
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05 Jan 2011   #5
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Where did you get Win7? If you burned it yourself, burn anouther at 4x speed with ImgBurn. Or try installing with flash stick: install UltraISO trial version, on File tab open ISO, on Bootable tab, Write Disk Image, Format button, Write button. Boot under USB or HD's in BIOS Boot menu.
Its a retail copy that I bought.

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Make sure you have the latest BIOS version update. If so, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS
It is already updated to the latest BIOS the manufacturer has relesaed. The computer is an Acer Aspire 3680.

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Set SATA controller in BIOS to AHCI first, then IDE mode.
The BIOS is locked by Acer so I cannot do that.

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Test your RAM with memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes, then test your HD using maker's diag/repair full CD scan: HD Diagnostic
okay will do that.
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06 Jan 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again mate



Here's the link to the tutorial that outlines the Wipe (secure erase) process by booting to diskpart, this is the best way to get the best possible install of Windows 7 by writing zeroes to the entire Hard Disk Drive.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup
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06 Jan 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

If you are within a year of purchase, would contact Acer to unlock the BIOS as it is your machine now (not theirs) and you are entitled to all of the features of your property. I have not heard of this "locked-BIOS" - can you explain it more, perhaps after confirming with them?

Keep in mind that they will not support anything except their original factory bloatware install, via Recov partition or Recov Disks. So I would not tell them about any clean installs you have done if you want to try to get their help to see where it takes you.

Be sure to keep us updated.
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06 Jan 2011   #8
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

okay, so I ended up just deleting all of the partitions, then let it write zeros to disk overnight, right now I am installing Windows 7 so now it will boot from the DVD.
Regarding the "locked BIOS" it is an ACER laptop and they have basically striped down the BIOS to only allow you to set boot device order and to show system information/and set time/date. The Acer laptop is actually three years old now, so the last BIOS update was in 2007, so thats the one I have.
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06 Jan 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

let us know how the install goes.
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06 Jan 2011   #10
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

well the install went flawless, but now I think im having some driver issues. When trying to rate the computer(index score) it sais it cant complete because "cannot compute video playback score". Il try updating to the latest Intel GMA 945 drivers after Windows Update finishes.
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