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Windows 7: Problems Installing Windows

09 Sep 2009   #1
samsorz

Windows 7
 
 
Problems Installing Windows

In order to make my computer boot from DVD, I had to disable my hard drive because even if I disabled it from the boot menu, it would not load the disk.

But when I finally just disabled the hard drive in the BIOS, it worked!...kind of, well, now I don't see my hard drive (I only have one) to install windows 7 on...

So I play around a bit and I find a cmd prompt through repair, anything I can do to turn it on from there?..

Help appreciated thanks!


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09 Sep 2009   #2
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

No, you won't be able to re-enable the hard drive from a command prompt once the BIOS has handed off to the Operating System (installation disk in this case).

If you fill in your system specs, it will make it easier for others to make suggestions.

System specs might help us decide whether to advise trying to install from a USB flash drive, etc., if it simply won't boot the DVD drive with the hard drive enabled.
Tom
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09 Sep 2009   #3
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samsorz View Post
In order to make my computer boot from DVD, I had to disable my hard drive because even if I disabled it from the boot menu, it would not load the disk.

But when I finally just disabled the hard drive in the BIOS, it worked!...kind of, well, now I don't see my hard drive (I only have one) to install windows 7 on...

So I play around a bit and I find a cmd prompt through repair, anything I can do to turn it on from there?..

Help appreciated thanks!

Bios boot order

DVD/CD
HD0
HD1
Floppy

Also during bios boot up some computers let you hit f8 or f12 key to get a boot menu, so you can choose boot from DVD.

How did you burn your install DVD ? 32 bit or 64 bit ? what build & version
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09 Sep 2009   #4
samsorz

Windows 7
 
 

From the BIOS, booting off a USB is not possible, only three options are floppy, hard disk, or cd-rom(dvd) - I thought about installing it through my hard disk but since I want to do a clean install I don't think that will work

EDIT: I used imgburn to burn a 32 bit disk, I disabled all the other boot options so the only one would be the cd(dvd) but it still refuses to CHECK(LOAD) the DVD if the hard disk if enabled

Even when I force chose boot from disk it would still ignore it (using f12)
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09 Sep 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samsorz View Post
From the BIOS, booting off a USB is not possible, only three options are floppy, hard disk, or cd-rom(dvd) - I thought about installing it through my hard disk but since I want to do a clean install I don't think that will work

EDIT: I used imgburn to burn a 32 bit disk, I disabled all the other boot options so the only one would be the cd(dvd) but it still refuses to CHECK(LOAD) the DVD if the hard disk if enabled
How big is your HD, and how many partitions?

Ken
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09 Sep 2009   #6
samsorz

Windows 7
 
 

My hard drive space is 37.2 GB, probably 40 originally

maybe I can install it with a partition? and then delete the partition?.. idk

Right now I have one windows xp partition
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09 Sep 2009   #7
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samsorz View Post
My hard drive space is 37.2 GB, probably 40 originally

maybe I can install it with a partition? and then delete the partition?.. idk

Right now I have one windows xp partition
What operating system is on the HD now ?

Is this an older computer ? More details please
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09 Sep 2009   #8
samsorz

Windows 7
 
 

Yes this is an older computer, its a pentium 4 3.0 ghz 1 gig ram, if you need anytihng else just ask! (it is windows xp sp2 right now)
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09 Sep 2009   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samsorz View Post
My hard drive space is 37.2 GB, probably 40 originally

maybe I can install it with a partition? and then delete the partition?.. idk

Right now I have one windows xp partition
What operating system is on the HD now ?

Is this an older computer ? More details please
All Doc needed to hear was "Older Computer" and his palms began to sweat!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2009   #10
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samsorz View Post
My hard drive space is 37.2 GB, probably 40 originally

maybe I can install it with a partition? and then delete the partition?.. idk

Right now I have one windows xp partition
What operating system is on the HD now ?

Is this an older computer ? More details please
All Doc needed to hear was "Older Computer" and his palms began to sweat!!

OMG This will be a Winner !!!!
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