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Windows 7: Windows 7 stuck at "setup is preparing your computer for first use"

02 Jan 2014   #1
Lemming

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 stuck at "setup is preparing your computer for first use"

I bought a new computer consisting of the following components

motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0
graphics card: Sapphire dual-x R2 270x
CPU: AMD FX 8350

the rest off the components I took from my old PC and should all be okay. (600W power supply, 4GB DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM, 3TB HDD)

The problem is that whenever I try to install Windows 7 64bit the installation stops when it reaches the "setup is preparing your computer for first use". I have tried all I can think of that might cause problems during the installation. I have installed missing drivers, making a clean installation on the hard drive, I have tried a different and smaller HDD, changing the new graphics card for the old one I have, and I have tried booting in Legacy mode, but so fare nothing works.

I hope somebody out there has an Idea how to fix it.


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02 Jan 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Believe it or not; i would say its the fact that you only have 4gb of Ram. Usually for most windows 7 installs you want at least 8gb of ram for optimal performace. Also, if you can, do a mem test using the memtest program for which i will post the link here:

Its not called memtest in windows 7 but here is how to do a memory diagnostic test:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-your-computer
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02 Jan 2014   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

4gb is ample for Windows 7.....certainly not a minimum requirement.

A better memory test is Memtest86+

RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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02 Jan 2014   #4
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Doh!
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02 Jan 2014   #5
Lemming

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the input, but my old pc used the Windows 7 64bit system too. It did so just a few days ago using the exact same set of RAM. So I don't think that’s it but I will give it a try as soon as i get access to another pc where I can create the memtest on a USB.
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02 Jan 2014   #6
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yea that's the best bet at this point to run memtest
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02 Jan 2014   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Is the installation off an original DVD media?
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02 Jan 2014   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Exactly what I was going to ask, what are you using ( be very specific ) to do the install ? Have you used it successfully in the past ?
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02 Jan 2014   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. Since it's an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 if it fails again. I use 32 bit Win7 for less than 4gb RAM with better results.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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02 Jan 2014   #10
clselby

Toshiba Satellite Model L-505. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
Believe it or not; i would say its the fact that you only have 4gb of Ram. Usually for most windows 7 installs you want at least 8gb of ram for optimal performace. Also, if you can, do a mem test using the memtest program for which i will post the link here:

Its not called memtest in windows 7 but here is how to do a memory diagnostic test:

Diagnosing memory problems on your computer

Ive installed with 2 gigs of ram just fine.
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