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Windows 7: setup.exe - Bad Image while installing win 7

05 Aug 2011   #11


Did you follow these steps to get a perfect clean reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7?

Did you change out any drivers given by the installer or quickly updated via optional Windows Updates? I would not change them unless the performance problems point to a driver causing the problem, then start with importing manufacturer's chipset.

Use the logs and System resources to troubleshoot the problem: troubleshooting steps

Test your HD as suggested using the CD theog linked below.

Test your RAM thoroughly with memtest86 CD test for 5-6 passes or overnight: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Hangs like this are not common with Win7 so if this has happened on two separate computers then I would consider starting over to follow the steps to get a perfect reinstall so you have a known-good install baseline to work from, then use the troubleshooting steps if necessary.

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05 Aug 2011   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello again.

Start with a check of the Hard Disk Drive.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

Then have a look through the information below, a wipe and another clean install won't hurt and starting from a zeroed HDD may sort the issue; are you sure the installation media is not the issue?

information   Information

To start fresh with a clean installation or clean install with an upgrade version of Windows 7, it may be best to over-write the Master Boot Record of any possible corruption and then use the Windows installer to create and format the partition(s) for installation, have a look at the "#6 clean" option of Method One in this first tutorial linked below.
Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods
DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you want to completely wipe, over-write the entire Hard Disk Drive of any possible malware infection and / or to get the best possible space to do the install to or just for security purposes, have a look at these tutorials.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information
I would run the WD HD test on your Western Digital 80 GB 7200 RPM 3.0 G/s SATA HDD
You can download from here:
WD Support / Downloads / Legacy Internal / WD Raptor
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