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Windows 7: Trying to install Win 7 to an old system.

18 Apr 2011   #11
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

yeah, it's a pain that the USB boot option is too modern for the mobo :/
I had similar problems with a 2003 Compaq work machine as just a CD drive and no USb support. I gave up on that machine, as my installation disc was too scratched to work when I swapped optical drives and couldn't be asked to upgrade to SP2. hardly the best exemplary motivator though
Do try swapping the optical drives if you have the time, and check the disc is completely unscratched (but the error you got doesn't look like a problem with the disc)


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18 Apr 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.


Just for information sake; once you get it booting you can use Windows 7 diskpart to create / format partitions before the install, have a look at Step Two of this tutorial at the link below for some ideas.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


Here's another you may be interested in.

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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18 Apr 2011   #13
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ooh, that is handy. I think I remember some featureless disk partitioning in the XP setup, but I didn't know they'd carried it forwards to Windows 7. Nice tip
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18 Apr 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
ooh, that is handy. I think I remember some featureless disk partitioning in the XP setup, but I didn't know they'd carried it forwards to Windows 7. Nice tip

Thanks mate!
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19 Apr 2011   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Presto View Post
I've never done an upgrade either. Always wiped the drive and clean installed.
Think my only shot here is to make a bootable USB/CD that has all the relevant tools to boot the drive but no idea where to begin tbh.
Try using the TRY OTHER BOOT DEVICES in the BIOS setup.
Check in the manual.

You can download manual for ECS K7S5A from here:
ECS Web Site


USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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19 Apr 2011   #16
Presto

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Tried the other boot devices and the boot menu on the K7S5A. Alao tried the bootable USB key methods in both FAT32 and NTFS. Neither working unfortunately. Thanks though.
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19 Apr 2011   #17
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Bad luck :/
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19 Apr 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

If you can't boot the DVD then run the Win7 DVD from XP to install to a second partition you've created.

Best tool to shrink XP to make a new partition for Win7 install is free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

Create a new NTFS Primary partition.

Run the DVD from XP, select the newly created Partition for install. It should configure the DUal Boot for you - if not, use EasyBCD 2.02 to Win7 to Add XP.

You can also install Acronis to XP to apply an image of a Win7 installation to the partition you've created. A free version of Acronis is available if you have WD or Seagate HD's on their Support Downloads webpage.
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19 Apr 2011   #19
Presto

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Tried that as well and the installer insisted that the DVD be booted in order to install.
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19 Apr 2011   #20
gregrocker

 

Are you opening the DVD then trying to run Setup file from XP? Try copying and pasting opened DVD files to desktop to run Setup.

The USB flash stick method which always works for me is to install UltraISO trial version: on File tab Open ISO or DVD, on Bootable tab "Write Disk Image", Format, Write.

Boot under USB or HD's on one-time BIOS Boot menu.

If you have a spare HD or want to back up an image of XP using free Macrium, you can wipe the HD using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which will autostart, then Win7 DVD should autostart to install.
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