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Windows 7: Windows Install Hangs after final reboot of install - new SSD

15 Oct 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows Install Hangs after final reboot of install - new SSD

Hi all,
My first post here. I never new there was such a forum! Good health and happiness to everyone!

Your expert thoughts appreciated please? My system works OK with a Crucial MX4 128G SSD. So i thinks I will upgrade to a bigger SSD - a new MX100 256G and use the MX4 elsewhere. Easy-peasy I thought. Wrong!!!!!

My machine hangs during install to the new MX100 256G. I have now got all my old drives back in place now and it is working again. But with my new Crucial MX100 256G SSD in place I cannot get Windows 7 Ultimate x64 to install on it no matter what I do. Windows Install media is on the proper Microsoft Windows 7 retail disk (three year old disk). This disk is fine and I tested it on another system. Windows also does not install if I boot from USB Win7 image either (I downloaded ISO from Microsoft last night and it is at SP1). So nothing to do with image/disk media. Does not even get to the stage of entering Windows key.

Windows installer recognises the new SSD 256G drive during selecting which drive to install, creates the three partitions and and starts to install windows. All goes fine. It then reboots, does it's thing as per normal windows installation, updates registry settings etc, with a couple of reboots. On final reboot it just sits there blank screen. No GUI. Eventually windows power saver must cut in and shut system down. Move mouse and it fires back up but nothing on screen.

Tried this multiple times. Latest BIOS on MB (Gigabyte Z68-UD3P-B3). AHCI selected. I was usign legacy BIOS so I updated to UEFI BIOS on my motherboard (two years old). No difference. Baffled. Removed all other drives except the SSD so only that drive in the system. Same - just hung and Windows GUI does not start.

Put all my original drives back and system works again. Try again with the new SSD and install hangs. Seems Windows does not like this drive or there is some BIOS/Drive/Windows issue. But what?!!!

Any ideas please what to look at next? Something in UEFI BIOS maybe? The BIOS is at default except for selecting AHCI mode - which I understand a SSD needs?

SSD Mx100 Firmware is MU01

So I am back on the old and trusted 128G SSD with the brand new 256G MX100 staring at me on my desk!

Thanks, Steve

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2014   #2


To install to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with the flash stick installer must be formatted using Option One in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows to be fully reliable.

Is this the first time you've installed to UEFI? Are you booting the installer as a UEFI device?

What are the UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS and BIOS Boot Priority settings choices in BIOS setup? Pictures will help, attachecd with paper clip in Reply box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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