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Windows 7: Windows 7 installation won't start

20 Jul 2017   #1
hscoggins

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Windows 7 installation won't start

So I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium. When I boot from the installation disc, I get the "Windows is loading files..." the progress bar completes, and the I get the "Starting Windows" screen. But it stops there. I've let it sit for over an hour, and nothing. I even tried plugging in an external optical DVD drive and booting from there. Same problem, so it's not the optical drive.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.


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20 Jul 2017   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Where did you get the install dvd from ?

Did you create it yourself ?
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21 Jul 2017   #3
hscoggins

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I've tried both the original retail DVD, as well as an SP1 disc that I created myself from a download. I've used both several times in the past, so I'm pretty sure that's not the problem.
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21 Jul 2017   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Try a new ISO from here:
Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files)
using the sticker on your PC
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21 Jul 2017   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

His oem sticker key will not work with that site, but if he has his retail key, that should work.
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21 Jul 2017   #6
hscoggins

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Try a new ISO from here:
Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files)
using the sticker on your PC
Thanks for the response, but if neither the original retail disc, nor the ISO DVD I have works, both of which work fine on other systems, then then would this help? It seems obvious that this is not a problem with the installation media.
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21 Jul 2017   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
His oem sticker key will not work with that site, but if he has his retail key, that should work.
I have a desktop PC and a laptop and both stickers work on that site or did up to a couple of months ago!
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21 Jul 2017   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You are lucky then, only system builder keys or retail keys should work with that site, if you try an oem key it will tell you to contact the pc manufacturer to obtain recovery media.

I would set the Bios to defaults and trey again, if that doesn`t work, maybe you have a bad drive ?

If your discs work fine, then the problem is something else.

I`m assuming you`ve installed 7 on this pc before ?? Or it came with 7 ???

Is this the PC ? There are so many variations.

Dell Inspiron 620 Tower Computer Intel Core i3 (i3-2120) 3.3GHz 2GB DDR3 250GB HDD

Please list any hardware differences.
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