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Windows 7: Help!Can't install WIN7

25 Oct 2009   #1
dirtyharry2030

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail
 
 
Help!Can't install WIN7

Hello,

I have been trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium for most of the weekend.

Every time it gets to the 'completing installation' stage, it crashes. I have stripped the machine of the sound card, extra hard drives and disconnected all USB devices, except keyboard and mouse (I even tried it with them disconnected at the completing installation phase, as I read that it may have been a usb driver issue). I have tried using the SATA driver from my motherboard manufacturer's CD, but no luck. I have also read that it may work by switching from AHCI to ATA in the BIOS, but I can't find a setting that relates to that anywhere in the BIOS. No mention of AHCI anywhere in the BIOS!

I am really stuck now. This is the same problem that stopped me being able to use Vista and forced me to stick with XP. Now it looks like I have wasted my money.

Can anyone help with this? Is anyone else experiencing the same? I really don't want to go back to using Win XP.

I appreciate any help. Thanks for your time.

The specs are:
Motherboard: ECS NF650iSLIT-A
CPU: Q6600 2.4 Ghz
Ram: 4 GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC6400 (reduced to 2gb for install)
Graphics: BFG 8800 GTS 640 MB
Storage: 320 GB Maxtor, 180 GB Samsung (only samsung connected for install)

Intended OS: Windows 7 Home Premium


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25 Oct 2009   #2
Adrian

 

Welcome to windows 7.
Please fill out your system specifications at the bottom left of your screen.
State the nature of your issue after you specify the type of install you are attempting, what type of media you are using to install.
Please note at the top of the forum there are many sticky's that will prepare you for am easy install.

Regards,
Adrian
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25 Oct 2009   #3
Adrian

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dirtyharry2030 View Post
Hello,

from my motherboard manufacturer's CD, but no luck. I have also read that it may work by switching from AHCI to ATA in the BIOS, but I can't find a setting that relates to that anywhere in the BIOS. No mention of AHCI anywhere in the BIOS!
Access bios and under storage configuration switch from AHCI to IDE.
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26 Oct 2009   #4
dirtyharry2030

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail
 
 

OK, so I have disabled the USB controller, onboard network adaptor, sound. I have removed my video card (8800gts) and will be try again with a ps2 keyboard and mouse.

At this stage, I have no way of loading any sata drivers and there is no mention of AHCI in the bios, which is in the motherboard (ECS NF650iSLIT-A) manufacturer's latest version.

If this doesn't work, I will be all out of things to try.
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26 Oct 2009   #5
dirtyharry2030

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
Access bios and under storage configuration switch from AHCI to IDE.
There is no storage confiuration in the BIOS. Thee is also no option that mentions AHCI.
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26 Oct 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

If your Win7 is retail you have MS tech support which is excellent. If it is an Upgrade from your manufacturer they will support it. Someone owes you support when you buy the disk and they will have the fix to walk your through.

I recommend this because a single copy of XP Home retail got me an education in reinstalling, troubleshooting dozens of issues, optimizing, debugging, and more over ten years time, making it worth much more than the price of the OS.
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26 Oct 2009   #7
dirtyharry2030

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail
 
 

My Windows 7 is retail, so I may try them if all else fails. BTW, does anyone know of any consequences of installing it on another machine before transferring the hard disk to your machine? I was thinking of trying the install on a barebones work computer that I have access to and then reconnecting the hard disk in my home machine and trying to boot from there. This would all be before I activated it of course.

Only thing is, I am not sure of what may happen as a result.
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26 Oct 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

It wont work, as the OS uses the configuration of the first computer to produce a PID that identifies certain components of the computer.. when you transfer the drive back, you will likely have to reactivate it with MS if it even works at all...
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26 Oct 2009   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dirtyharry2030 View Post
My Windows 7 is retail, so I may try them if all else fails. BTW, does anyone know of any consequences of installing it on another machine before transferring the hard disk to your machine? I was thinking of trying the install on a barebones work computer that I have access to and then reconnecting the hard disk in my home machine and trying to boot from there. This would all be before I activated it of course.

Only thing is, I am not sure of what may happen as a result.
I have done this a few times when I couldn't get an older computer to boot from installer.

What happens is when you plug the HDD in the target machine, it will quickly run through a cascade of driver changeouts, pausing several times to ask for a restart. It is quite fascinating to watch. It only get's bollixed in XP. Worth a try, just for the show.

Afterward run a chkdsk on the drive to work out any files system errors. A surface scan using a disk management software is also a good reassurance. Nothing usually is wrong.

Tews is right that if it were activated first it would be a problem, so don't activate until it is set up and running in the target machine.
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26 Oct 2009   #10
Adrian

 

Harry, you say you disconnected 1 of the drives?

The specs are:
Motherboard: ECS NF650iSLIT-A
CPU: Q6600 2.4 Ghz
Ram: 4 GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC6400 (reduced to 2gb for install)
Graphics: BFG 8800 GTS 640 MB
Storage: 320 GB Maxtor, 180 GB Samsung (only samsung connected for install)
Which 1 was the boot drive?
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