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Windows 7: Windows could not complete the installation

04 Nov 2017   #1
johnboy55

windows 7 32
 
 
Windows could not complete the installation

Hi all, I realise this situation is of my own making, but here goes. I was having issues with my emachines laptop, (i.e. it kept shutting itself down) so I thought that a factory reset may resolve things. It was after this that I realised I would need an installation disc (which I cannot find anywhere) I now get a message when switching on, "Windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation" Yes, you all know that this is a vicious cycle. Please can anyone help?


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04 Nov 2017   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi John,

Factory reset does NOT require an installation disc, it uses the built in recovery partition.

can get you a link, for a 32bit version, unless you want 64bit, how much RAM is installed


Roy .
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04 Nov 2017   #3
johnboy55

windows 7 32
 
 

Hi Roy, thanks for your reply. I'm not even sure what I did. I thought I was doing a factory reset, but now I'm not so sure. I can't get any further than the displayed message other than to enter the bios, even then I'm not sure what to do. It says 3gb of DDR memory
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04 Nov 2017   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi John,

please go to your Bios - change the boot order, depending on how your going to install
(either USB or CD/DVD as the first choice)
REBOOT for changes to take place.

Please download this tool, for USB install, min size 4GB
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool - Microsoft Store

place this on your desktop and the W7 download file, link below
https://software-download.microsoft....cd5093c98d3bc9

ITS ONLY VALID FOR 24HRS

Either burn the file to a DVD or run the tool and import the file.

now either repair or clean install
(repair will save your personal data)
Repair Install - Windows 7 Help Forums

Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums


Roy
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04 Nov 2017   #5
johnboy55

windows 7 32
 
 

Thank you so much again Roy. I'll do this in the next couple of hours and let you know how it went. :)
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04 Nov 2017   #6
johnboy55

windows 7 32
 
 

I may be doing something wrong, but I downloaded the links using a different laptop, copied them to a flash drive, chose usb HDD in the bios and tried to boot up. I have a message on screen saying "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation." Sorry to be a nuisance.
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04 Nov 2017   #7
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi John,

please go back to Bios

RESET TO DEFAULT values

reboot

Back to Bios
reset to USB as first choice
REBOOT
try install again
(which did you opt for clean or repair?)

Roy
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04 Nov 2017   #8
johnboy55

windows 7 32
 
 

Hi again, I don't get as far as an repair or clean option. When I switch the laptop on I F2 into the bios then I tried USB HDD as 1st option. Then F10 to save. The laptop then restarts itself and gets as far as "setup is starting services" That is when the windows could not complete message appears. When I click ok it starts the cycle again.
The other scenario is if the flash drive is plugged before start, I get a "Missing operating system" message in the top left corner.
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04 Nov 2017   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Make sure your flash drive is properly prepared.

Use bootice to install NT6 MBR and PBR to the flash drive.

BootIce.zip


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04 Nov 2017   #10
johnboy55

windows 7 32
 
 

ha ha, I thank you for your reply but I think I should let you know if you haven't already realised, I'm a proper dunce when it comes to this stuff. But I'll give it a try. Thanks again
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