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Windows 7: Screen all tiled up during installation of Windows 7

17 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Screen all tiled up during installation of Windows 7

I posted this at and that is where I heard about this forum so I thought I'd post this here too....

I am trying to install Windows 7 on an Acer T180 for my mom. I was going to leave Windows XP on one partition and put 7 on another. Well I started a boot install and told it to install to the primary partition. I keep getting to 78% of the "expanding Windows Files" point and then my screen gets all tiled up and I can't see anything so I have to reset the computer. I thought maybe it was something to do with my partitions, maybe some sort of Partition problem so I just decided to wipe everything and do a fresh install. Well now it is not even getting to the 78% of the "expanding Windows Files" point. It is giving me the same tiled screen during installation. So now I am stuck with a computer that has nothing on it. I will post a picture of the screen. I have gotten this same screen about 5 times now. I am going to try to leave it until morning. Maybe by some miracle, something will come up if it finishes installing Windows 7. Anyone have any ideas on this at all? It did the same thing both the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7. I installed 7 on my laptop and had no problems. I have never seen anything like this before. It almost seems like a driver issue. I was pretty sure everything but the network adapter passed the test when I ran the compatibility checker. Any help would be appreciated.

edit: I waited all night and nothing changed.


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Hi Lisa -

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If 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 as yours is in question.

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

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Thanks for your reply. I continued to work on it after I wrote that message and I figured out what it was. A while back I had switched her IDE CD burner out and put a SATA burner in its place. (I was switching hardware in various machines.) I had a IDE to SATA adapter in the computer as it has an old board with limited SATA connections. Well when I opened up the machine today and saw that in there, I knew it had to be the culprit! I totally forgot it was in there or I wouldn't have put my post on here before removing it. I took her original CD drive out of the machine it was in and put it back in her machine and it worked very smoothly!
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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