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Windows 7: Help with Installation

08 Apr 2011   #1
Doubledee

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Help with Installation

Okay here's my problem I have a Dell Latitude D531 and the hard drive is shot. It was a 120GB drive that had Windows Vista. Well I bought a new drive 250GB WD drive and I'm trying to install Win7 Professional and here's my problem, when it starts. I get to the Windows is starting screen and it stays there. I'm tried another drive, I've tried using a USB boot device as well that I know works and no matter what I do the screen stays on Starting Windows Screen. I've also tried using a USB external DVD drive thinking that would help but same problem. I've updated the Bios on the Dell to the latest version and just can't figure out why the screen is stuck on "Starting Windows Screen". Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks!


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08 Apr 2011   #2
DocBrown

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

Welcome Doubledee


Is the new HD recognized in the Bios setup ? Do you have an ext monitor connected to the laptop during the install ? (Best not to have connected) Any other ext devices connected ?
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08 Apr 2011   #3
Doubledee

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi Doc-Yes the new drive is recognized in the Bios and no I don't have anything attached to the laptop. that's what's so puzzling.
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08 Apr 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the ISO to disk yourself? If so, confirm the ISO integrity and burn another DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify.

Try resetting the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways To Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS While in BIOS setup, set SATA controller setting to AHCI mode.

Remove all but 2gb of RAM to try install.

Can you still make a Win7 backup image of your failing HD to try reimaging it to new HD?

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
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08 Apr 2011   #5
Doubledee

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks Gregg-Yes I did make an iso and I have more than one. They all work flawlessy on other machines just not this one. I've tried 2GB still with no avail. I'll try the resetting the Cmos perhaps that will help or the change to ACHI mode. No I'm afraid the original drive is dead. I'll let you know how I make out.
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08 Apr 2011   #6
DocBrown

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

Have you tried any other type of bootable CD/DVD to see if they work with this optical drive, and can run the program ?

Something like Partition Wizard Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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08 Apr 2011   #7
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If you have another OS like Vista or XP, try booting til you get to the partition screen.
Delete all partitions. Try booting again with Windows 7.
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09 Apr 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Press F12 at startup, & the Dell quick system diagnostic tool.
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09 Apr 2011   #9
Doubledee

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well I tried "EVERYTHING" still can't get Win7 to load. Ran diagnostics told me everything is fine. Called Dell they want 300.00 to load the OS so this old baby is toast! Well thanks everyone for your input!
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09 Apr 2011   #10
Bill2

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

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