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Windows 7: Can't reinstall Win 7 from partition or disc?

13 Mar 2011   #1
njmac

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Can't reinstall Win 7 from partition or disc?

Hi from Finland. I'm new to the forum but have referred to the posts here many times before. Only now I have exhausted myself searching through previous posts before registering to ask for help. So I hope some of you, who are smarter than me, can assist

My issue started with the cycbot.b virus. I managed to boot into safe mode to move my photos and essential files over to an external HDD but I can't get back into safe mode again now (shame, as I forgot to copy my firefox bookmarks). When I try to boot into safe mode now I get a blue screen of death flashing for a second or two with and ICQ error I think it said. And we're back to the laptop rebooting. It has tried to send me through system restore and various recovery options but always I get to the desktop in normal mode and it restarts itself again.

I've tried various boot discs including Dr Web LiveCD but no luck so far (none of the USB boot options have worked, even when I change the boot order in the BIOS). Dr Web's main interface wouldn't load so in the Advanced mode I set it to scan and left it for around 12 hours to churn through. The end result was apparently 49 infections, which were renamed. I then tried to reboot but nothing has changed.
I started to wonder if there could be a problem with the laptop's memory so I tried DR Web's memory check option on the Live CD (advanced menu) but it went a bit mad. I then checked with MemTest86 and it reported back that there are no issues.

I also tried searching for files manually and deleting registry entries as per http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/p...5-82e55f7ffc72 but I found that my paths aren't the same in my registry or folder structure when attempting this (on that occasion I got into safe mode). Oh yes, I tried running various tools like Malware bytes from safe mode but they would't run (even when I renamed the files before running).

So... I decided to do a clean installation of the OS, which I was expecting to be simple. sadly not though. I started up, hit F8, went into the recover options and chose to reinstall windows. it basically froze before it even began and several hours later I was forced to turn it off and on again. Now, I get this demand for a windows disc:


I managed to get my hands on an installation disc and followed it through to reinstall my OS as per below


And I'm now at this point.

If my installation files are in partition 1 reserved then do I install windows to partition 3? Or will that effectively take another 20 gigs uneccesarily? I can't quite get my head around whether I need to remove that partition 1 or do I just leave it and proceed with installing the OS to Partition 3?

I tried to run sfc/scannow from the command prompt in the recovery module by the way and received the error message "There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart windows and run sfc again." Unfortunately after reboot it still gives me the same message.

Any help would be greatfully received, especially if you have some idea how I might rescue my firefox bookmarks before doing a fresh installation.

thanks
Nj


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13 Mar 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

For your HD,
Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic


Do you make your Acer Recovery Disks?
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13 Mar 2011   #3
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi NJMAC and welcome to the forum. I see you have an ACER laptop. Does this model not have an ability to perform a FACTORY RESTORE from an oem partition?
Not sure how to access that option, all brands are different. Perhaps the user manual refers to what keys to press on bootup. Please let us know.
Cheers
JohnnyA
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13 Mar 2011   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The PQservice (partition 1) is the Acer factory restore partition, it doesnt hold your boot files. The boot files are located in the system reserved (partition 2). Since you have chosen to clean install, I suggest you leave the PQservice partition untouched, delete partitions 2 and 3 and create a single primary partition out of the space created. Install win7 on this partition.

The system reserved is handy because it lets you run recovery options from the hard disk itself, but system reserved can be created later also. Heres how.

System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

Your other options are to abort the clean install and run Acer factory restore. You can do this by tapping ALT+F10 repeatedly at boot, if the PQservice partition is working, this will straightaway restore the computer to its original condition. If you have made recovery disks, you can boot from them and achieve the same thing as well.
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13 Mar 2011   #5
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Beat me to it Theo. Good advice Bill.
Cheers
JohnnyA
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13 Mar 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello njmac, welcome to Seven Forums!


As it seems you have installation media, why don't you wipe the entire Hard Disk Drive and start fresh with a clean install, be sure to use the version that matches the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC; have a thorough look through this information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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13 Mar 2011   #7
njmac

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... I just typed an epic reply, hit "submit reply" and it disappeared.

So anyway... I'll try to remember what I typed previously.

A massive thanks to theog. I saved some more data by copy & pasting through the recovery console.
making acer recovery disks is sadly up there with 'not buying a house in 1995' and 'not selling my house in 2005' in my list of top regrets. doh!

johnnya - yes i attempted the factory restore from partition but tried the "restore operating system and retain user data" and it just hung for hours. after rebooting i had that "windows failed to start.." message with request to input a windows installation disc.

bill2 - brilliant advice, thanks. I went for the alt & f10 approach first, tried the "restore operating system and retain user data" option again but got a message to say there is no user data on the system, so have gone for a totally fresh install from the partition, which seems to be going ok.

bare foot kid - again a huge thanks. I didn't actually see your comments until I tried to submit my response a few minutes ago. If it all goes horriby wrong with this attempt at reinstalling then I'll follow your instructions to a secure erase and system reserved partition.

I bow to your collective wisdom. I was dreading the call to acer support, starting with "is your computer plugged in?" and lasting for some crazy length of time, going via several tiers of expert until perhaps reaching someone who may have some idea of what the hell I was talking about.

I'll report back to tell you if all went ok or whether something exploded (most likely my patience)

cheers
Nj
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13 Mar 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Nj, be sure to post back here with an update.
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13 Mar 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

If you are frustrated with your options from Acer Tech Support which is abysmal, use the installation DVD you borrowed to wipe the HD of all infection and clean reinstall Win7 following these tips to get a purrfect install: re-install windows 7

This will free Win7 up for better performance without the factory bloatware and useless Acer utilities which have much better versions built into Win7.
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13 Mar 2011   #10
njmac

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

explosion imminent...
got through all the setting of time zone, wifi password and home network etc.. waiting for desktop to be created (or something along those lines) and.....


aghhhhh!
any suggestions? secure wipe and totally fresh install or am I looking at a hardware failure?
cheers
nj
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