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Windows 7: Attempt to Remove Win 7 Home, Clean Install Win 7 Pro Failed...Badly

27 Jan 2017   #1

Win 7 Pro/64-bit
Attempt to Remove Win 7 Home, Clean Install Win 7 Pro Failed...Badly


This is a homebuild desktop from 2012, and it has two hdds - one 80 and the other 1TB. The person who built it, placed Win Home Premium on the smaller hdd, and I wanted to remove it, and replace it with WIN 7 Pro, partitioning the larger hdd (I hope I'm making sense).

Anyway, I got to diskpart using the install disk of Win 7 Pro to clean the smaller hdd, but when it finished and I went back to the install disk, it asked where I wanted the Pro install. I clicked the larger drive, and it told me to restart.

When I rebooted the computer it took me to "Insert proper boot disk or boot media," and it's been there ever since. I can't get into the computer at all. I tried the old restore disk, but it doesn't nothing. From "ESC" to "F12" it just doesn't respond, - not even diagnostics - but goes straight to the boot request. I've tried WinRepair (free version), BCD, UBCD and EASE - via disk and USB, and it won't go anywhere. I've tried all the disks I possess pertaining to this desktop that could possibly get me back to a prompt, but to no avail.

This desktop is older, but it's fast and I'd really like to keep it. Is there any way to bypass all of this format and get the clean install started?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2017   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Remove the small HD; rePower up and use the Windows 7 Pro DVD again. Scuttlebutt here and elsewhere indicates it is best to have only one internal HD [meaning no other internal or external HDs attached] during Windows install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2017   #3

win 8 32 bit

You will have to during installation delete partition on the 1tb drive and let windows create new ones put the drive on first SATA port so it's disk 0
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Jan 2017   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

Is the 80G a HDD or a SSD?

ALL data on the disk will be erased.
As mentioned:
- Place the drive you want to have Win 7 on SATA 0.
- Detach all other drives from the MB.
- Boot from the Win 7 installation disk, go Advanced, delete all partitions - create new - proceed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2017   #5

Win 7 Pro/64-bit

Sorry about delay. Fractured wrist on Friday and it's been a real inconvenience, to put it nicely (especially since I play classical guitar).
Thanks to all for advice. I did remove the smaller hd and then after repeated attempts to reinstall, I created a usb UBCD, which is now deleting everything off my 1TB for the second time. and will attempt the solution presented by Megahertz07.

In the meantime, I'm heading over to check on a discussion having to do specifically with X:\windows\system 32. If there's none there (which I would be surprised if that was the case), I'll post one, as I've learned so much about this "file" and it's truly pissing me off!~lol
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2017   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2017   #7

Win 7 Pro/64-bit

Clearly, you have not read the previous emails. I am not able to do this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2017   #8

Windows 7 HP 64

When you boot from the win 7 installation disk, X: will be assigned to that disk on repair wizard. It's temporary. The X: disk is created on memory with the maintenance tools.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2017   #9

Win 7 Pro/64-bit

Yeah, I know, but I was still surprised at how much push back was on the search engines, though the posts were a few years ago, so maybe it was the initial panic computer techs go thru when new stuff appears?

I am curious about it though. I started playing with computers when DOS was read on a black screen with orange font, so I've forgotten quite a bit of the commands. I might head back over there after this insanity and read up on it. Honestly, there are days when the last thing I want to do is play around with all these software glitches...some of my own making!:)

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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