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Windows 7: Unable to boot, repair or install from win 7 disk

18 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Unable to boot, repair or install from win 7 disk

Have used this disk many times with no problems. It works in another desktop. Have also tried, unsuccessfully, retail copies of XP and Vista.

Can boot, with no problems, from hard drive.

Downloaded new firmware for optical drive (Plextor PX-L890SA). Movies, music DVDs work fine in this drive.
Reset BIOS to default settings.
Set BIOS boot order to optical drive 1st.

At attempted boot, first screen displays the usual "Windows is loading files." After files are loaded, instead of the expected Language/Time/Keyboard screen, it goes to the rotating logo, then brings up the Windows 7 splash screen with an enlarged (like in safe mode) cursor. The same pattern emerges when trying to use XP or Vista disks

What's going on here?

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18 Jan 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

Try doing this tutorial by Greg: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 you can find this helpful
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18 Jan 2015   #3


If those steps aren't enough to get it installed then Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums
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19 Jan 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Do you have a video port on the motherboard ?

If so take out the 8800 and try again.
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19 Jan 2015   #5

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

kindly post back what was the solution you have made for this problem. This is to help others if they somehow face this kind of issue.

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20 Jan 2015   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

This is a big DUH. I didn't wait long enough for the Language/Time/Keyboard menu. It took almost 15 minutes, about 1/16th of the time I spent trying to chase it down. Must be a lesson in there somewhere.
Thanks all for trying to help.
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