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Windows 7: Windows 7 Setup is starting - hangs forever

12 Feb 2014   #1

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Windows 7 Setup is starting - hangs forever


I've just built a PC, and I bought a copy of Windows 7 OEM builder - I put the disk in and everything loaded as expected. I partitioned the drive out, and set it to install. After endless hours it came back with ERROR: 0x80070057 - Windows never installed correctly.

When I try to install windows again it just hangs at the "setup is starting" screen indefinitely. Without a disk in the drive, it pops up "BootMGR is missing CTRL ALT DEL to restart" - When I restart, go to boot options and select the Rom Drive, it will load off the disk, but again just hangs are "setup is starting." I cannot have a mulligan to reinstall Windows again. If anyone could assist me I'd appreciate it.


AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket A

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC Steel

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X - OEM

Samsung 1 TB SATA II Hard Drive HD103UJ


Drive is set to AHCI no resolve
Loaded BIOS defaults no resolve
Set to boot HD first, no resolve
Set to boot Rom Drive first, no resolve

On the Windows language selection screen (Before it gives you the option to install) I used Shift F10 and did as instructed on this page:

Windows 7 clean install error 0x80070057



Insert your Win 7 DVD or Win 7 USB
Power down your computer.
Power up your computer.
Boot up your computer from the Win 7 DVD/USB stick.
When a screen is displayed asking for the Language to Install,
press the key combo of SHIFT + F10.
Do NOT click on Next.
Press the SHIFT + F10 key combo.

You will have a X:\Sources> command prompt.
X: is a ram drive created by Windows 7.
X: contains a mini-version of Windows 7 called a PE (pre-execution environment).

If you do not plan on installing windows at this time, you may now remove the DVD/USB stick.

If you plan on continuing with an install, then do not remove.

Execute the desired commands.
Use the EXIT command to return to the Win 7 installation procedure.
NOTE: UFD = Usb Flash Device = usb stick = pendrive = thumb drive

That showed you how to get to a command prompt.

Here is how to prepare the hard disk once you are at the command prompt:

type these commands,following each by hitting the ENTER key:

DETAIL DISK (to make sure you got the hard disk)
EXIT (this one gets you back into the install program.


None of that has offered any resolve. When I put in DISKPART it just hangs there, and I have no option to type anything further, I have to e(x)it the window and reopen it to try another option.

Inserted MB disk, used FREE DOS to try and format the DRIVE - Still no resolve.

Using Windows OEM Builder 64bit - The first time I placed the disk in the drive it allowed me to TRY and install - it failed. Now it will not allow me to get back to the screen to try an install it again. If anyone has a suggestion I'm all ears. Thank you for looking, and I hope someone can assist me.

Again, ERROR: 0x80070057 happened on my first attempt to install Windows. Now it will not move past the "setup is starting" screen, even though the first time I put the disk in this was not an issue. Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this and offer a solution.

- Listless guy who wants to play with his new PC.

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12 Feb 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

diskpart command freezes, you can't enter anything like "list disk"?
Detach the harddisk temporarily from system (just unplug the sata and power. First power off of course) and try the diskpart "list disk" again. Then diskpart works? Of course you can't clean the disk afterwards.

"list disk" shows attached dvd drive, usb stick(s)?
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12 Feb 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP


Test your HD with maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan,

followed by Disk Check from the disk's Command Line.

Check the HD cables, reinstall to try to get it working properly. If not then replace it.

Sometimes bad boot code can keep a disk from booting. Try slaving it to another PC to wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command
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24 May 2016   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I know it's an old topic, but I have the solution, so it might come handy for people facing this issue. I had the same problem with my HP 2000 laptop, the only difference it wasn't brand new, but in function for some time. I checked out for solution on various forums, but nothing helped me.

The thing I did is I bought an external hdd case, took out hard disk from my laptop and made an external hdd. I've attached this external hdd to my PC and I saw Partition C on my hdd was corrupted. After formatting that corrupted partition, I put back hdd in my laptop I was able to install fresh copy on Win7 without problems.

From my experience this is the only working solution.
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