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Windows 7: Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions

26 Jun 2011   #111
txtinman

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Well I reset the configuration to ACHI, but I still get the same error message. I may have to re-size the SSD and install Windows 7 there. I need to find out how to use multiple drives with Windows.

Mike


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27 Jun 2011   #112
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try cleaning the EIDE drive (assuming it has no data on it). See here: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Then create a new partition on the hard drive using the Diskpart utility. Once in Diskpart and the proper disk is selected (Step 5 of the Clean tut), enter the following:
Code:
create partition primary /fs=ntfs quick
Just for good measure, make sure the new partition is marked as Active. I'm feeling too lazy to type it out now, so just skip to Step 5 of Method 2 here: Partition - Mark as Active

See of you can now install Windows to the hard drive.
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10 Oct 2011   #113
caffemisto

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by txtinman View Post
I'm trying to install Windows 7 on the third hard drive in my system. I have a 102 gb partition formatted to ntfs. I get the Error message “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition.” At one time I had Windows 7 installed on the second hard drive and it worked fine, but it was a SSD and just not big enough for dual booting. The drive I want to nstall on is an EIDE drive. That wouldn't be the problem would it? I can only use GParted in Linux to edit the partition right now. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.

Mike
I got the exact same message when trying to install a second copy of Windows 7 on my computer. Finally, this is what worked for me:

Disconnected all the drives except the one I wanted to install the 2nd copy to
Installed Windows 7 to the second drive
Reconnected all the other drives
Installed EasyBCD and using that program renamed the first install to 1 - Windows 7
Added the 2nd install to the boot menu: 2 - Windows 7
Rebooted and was able to start into the second installation just fine.

My setup:
Drive 0: 100mb System partition, 74gb Windows 7, first install
Drive 1: 100mb System partition, 74gb Windows 7, second install
Drive 3: 200GB
Drive 4: 250GB
Both drives 3 and 4 combined into 1 volume

If for some reason after you reconnect the drives, your system complains about a missing boot manager, just reboot off the install DVD. Then go into a command prompt and using diskpart, set the small 100mb partition of your 1st install as active. That's the only problem I ran into.

Hope this helps. I sort of had to piece it together from several answers found everywhere, this forum included.
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22 Nov 2011   #114
wpo3428

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I am not sure where to put this question but here goes:

The initial problem was that Startup Repair (Windows 7) would not do the trick, the main message being 'Problem Signature #7: Corrupt File.' So, having been given a set of Recovery Disks at the Store I decided to just use those. In any case I did not have the passwords do use the System Recovery Options. After a while I realized I needed to change the boot sequence to use the disks. So I managed to go through the process of restore, receiving the message that it was 100% complete.

The current problem is that I am stuck in a loop comprised of the following messages and associated operations:

1. I am asked for a password (and the one that I supplied at the BIOS page works)
2. 'Setup is preparing the computer for the first time'
3. I get the blue screen and the 'Welcome' message
4. 'Factory Installation is in progress' and I am not to interrupt it
5. 'Configuring the system'
6. 'Logging off'
7. Computer shuts down
8. Computer restarts
9. 1 repeats, etc.

I might note that when I was given the choice towards the end of the use of the two recovery disks I choose to install not just on one partition but on two (this wording might not be quite right).

Any advice, suggestion, etc are appreciated in advance.
Thanks,
Bill
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22 Nov 2011   #115
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wpo3428 View Post
I am not sure where to put this question but here goes:

So I managed to go through the process of restore, receiving the message that it was 100% complete.

The current problem is that I am stuck in a loop comprised of the following messages and associated operations:

1. I am asked for a password (and the one that I supplied at the BIOS page works)
2. 'Setup is preparing the computer for the first time'
3. I get the blue screen and the 'Welcome' message
4. 'Factory Installation is in progress' and I am not to interrupt it
5. 'Configuring the system'
6. 'Logging off'
7. Computer shuts down
8. Computer restarts
9. 1 repeats, etc.

I might note that when I was given the choice towards the end of the use of the two recovery disks I choose to install not just on one partition but on two (this wording might not be quite right).
You might want to start a new thread on this in the general discussion or installation areas.

After you successfully restored, did you then remove the recovery disk from the DVD drive?

You installed on two partitions?

You should probably post a screen shot of Disk Management--maybe in a new thread with a brief explanation.
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22 Nov 2011   #116
wpo3428

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks. Yes I removed the recovery disk. Yes, I believe I installed on two partitions. I am not sure what you mean by a screen shot of Disk Management but I will try to figure it out. I will start a new thread on this in the installation area of the forum.
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23 Nov 2011   #117
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

To open Disk Management, press Winkkey+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO.

Vista and Windows 7: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Click on the down arrow head next to the paper clip icon (by smiley face) then browse to where you saved the picture and upload it. Close that widow then click on the arror head agan and insert the uploaded picture into your post.
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24 Nov 2011   #118
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wpo3428 View Post
I am not sure where to put this question but here goes:

The initial problem was that Startup Repair (Windows 7) would not do the trick, the main message being 'Problem Signature #7: Corrupt File.' So, having been given a set of Recovery Disks at the Store I decided to just use those. In any case I did not have the passwords do use the System Recovery Options. After a while I realized I needed to change the boot sequence to use the disks. So I managed to go through the process of restore, receiving the message that it was 100% complete.

The current problem is that I am stuck in a loop comprised of the following messages and associated operations:

1. I am asked for a password (and the one that I supplied at the BIOS page works)
2. 'Setup is preparing the computer for the first time'
3. I get the blue screen and the 'Welcome' message
4. 'Factory Installation is in progress' and I am not to interrupt it
5. 'Configuring the system'
6. 'Logging off'
7. Computer shuts down
8. Computer restarts
9. 1 repeats, etc.

I might note that when I was given the choice towards the end of the use of the two recovery disks I choose to install not just on one partition but on two (this wording might not be quite right).

Any advice, suggestion, etc are appreciated in advance.
Thanks,
Bill
When the computer is at #6. Logging off, eject the disk, before it re-starts.
It will install a second time if you don't.
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30 Jan 2012   #119
sakyash

Windows 7
 
 

Respected sir,
I was having problems with my windows 7 home premium x64. So I decided to do a clean install. I formatted my c: which contained my OS. But when I am installing new windows 7, I am getting error as 'windows cant update boot configuration. Installation cancelled'

Please help me. I have already tried many times, and I dont have dual boot, so please tell me what to do..

Yash
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31 Jan 2012   #120
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sakyash View Post
Respected sir,
I was having problems with my windows 7 home premium x64. So I decided to do a clean install. I formatted my c: which contained my OS. But when I am installing new windows 7, I am getting error as 'windows cant update boot configuration. Installation cancelled'

Please help me. I have already tried many times, and I dont have dual boot, so please tell me what to do..

Yash
Hello,

What Windows installation media are you using? Could you possibly try another?
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