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Windows 7: Win7 x64 fresh install on SSD rebooting on 'completing installation'

10 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
Win7 x64 fresh install on SSD rebooting on 'completing installation'

I seem to be having an issue doing a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 Enterprise on a 40GB Intel 320 series SSD. The install will go as far as 'Completing Installation' before the screen goes blank, the computer restarts, makes another attempt to complete installation, with the screen eventually going blank again (monitor indicator turns amber, system non-engaged)

I've done an extensive amount of Googling, and have followed the installation guide found here on the sevenforums - SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation (specifically, routine #4)

And here are my Bios settings entered prior to OS installation -

My hardware specs:

Intel Q6600
Asrock Twins P43 1600
8GB (4GBx2) Corsair XMS DDR3 1333
40GB Intel 320 Series SSD
ATi Radeon 4850
Corsair TX 750W power supply
[no other hard drives connected during installation]

(Swapping out the 40GB SSD for a 1TB WD yields a successful installation; only one drive is connected during the install)

I even installed the Intel ACHI drivers from Asrock prior to the installation just to see if the ACHI drivers on the install CD were bad, and still no luck.

I'm out of ideas. Any thoughts?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Switch AHCI in the BIOS off. Then install and when the system is running, set AHCI first in Win7 and then in the BIOS. Then reboot. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
SSD Windows 7 freezes after restart completing installation

I also had a nightmare with installing windows 7 on my ssd disk.
Topic is old but might help some1 in future.

Mine problem was that Windows 7 freezes after restart after completing installation.

this is a stupid solution but it might be your problem.

windows install process was on my monitor all the way to the step "completing installation", after restart mine screen was gone to my TV!

So if u have HDMI or something else connected also to your graphic card, check it!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Dec 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Let us know if these solutions work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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