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Windows 7: Stuck at "Windows is finalizing your settings" after re-installing

30 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Stuck at "Windows is finalizing your settings" after re-installing

Hello everyone,

I recently bought a new Asus Notebook G56JR and installed Windows 7 on it. Didn't seem to have any problems. Today, all of a sudden, when I turned it on, it said that Windows failed to start and that I should go into recovery mode. And after this, the recovery loop occurred. It was telling me that the errors were fixed, but the next time I was starting it, I had to go through the same process. Finally, I decided to re-install the Windows cleanly.
The process went fine, but now it has been stuck at "Windows is finalizing your settings" for several hours. Tried to restart the laptop and reboot, but it just skips ahead to resuming the installation. I can't acces the BIOS either, I've tried every key several times. Maybe there's a fix to with the cmd.exe (Shift+F10), but after "tasklist /v |more" there's a really long list and I don't know what to "kill". I'm out of ideas, I don't know what to do anymore since I can't do anything on the laptop besides waiting...
I should also mention that I'm using a USB port to boot the installation from. Before I decided to re-install the windows, I was able to access the BIOS and I set it to boot from it first at start-up. I assume it is still set that way.
Is there another way to install it cleanly? Could this happen because the windows files are corrupted?

Edit: I was thinking of buying a Windows 8 OS, but how do I know it won't behave the same as now and skip to the finalizing part again?

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30 Jul 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Did you delete all partitions during the Clean Install Windows 7 using the Drive Options pictured in Steps 7 and 8? Try again and this time wipe the hard drive first with Diskpart Clean Command from the disk's System Recovery Options Command Line

Other tips and tricks here to get and keep a perfect install, even for retail: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jul 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes, I deleted all the partitions during the clean install. But now I can't do that because it doesn't want to boot again, it just skips ahead to the same finalizing stage. This is my main problem. And the fact that I can't access the BIOS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jul 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP


Where did you get the installation media? How is it burned to DVD or stick?

Start over with new media using the tool provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Wipe the hard drive again.

If it fails again work through steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

If these fail test the HD and RAM from Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7, including the Disk Check on a full disk partition you create from the Overcoming Failures steps above.
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