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Windows 7: OMG just jacked up Win 7 install, constant loop, what to do?

4 Weeks Ago   #31
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Your second image you posed pretty much backs up what you've already checked with SeaTools and the program you ran in a previous post, I don't remember the name exactly, but that's irrelevant.
Error code: 2000-046, the drive has a hardware problem.

Your first image you posted is the proper screen Boot Menu, and choice obviously is CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive.

Don't understand why you can't boot the DVD other than a botched burn.
Did you burn it with ImgBurn? ImgBurn is pretty much bulletproof in burning Windows ISO to disk. I've never had an issue with it.

Even with a failed HDD or for that matter, no drive installed whatsoever, you should still be able to boot from the CD/DVD drive.

I'm assuming you downloaded the ISO from TechBench. I would suggest burning the ISO to another DVD with ImgBurn and make sure the verify option is checked. Yea, DVDs can be defective right out of the box but I doubt that is the issue. As I stated previously, it informs you if you have any configurations incorrect, which you shouldn't if you didn't mess with any settings, and ask you if you would like to (whatever the issue is ImgBurn stated) make a change.

If you have an empty USB flash drive (larger than 4GB) laying around you could burn the ISO to it with Rufus. Never had an issue with Rufus either. Accordingly, when you access the boot menu you would choose the USB as the boot device.

Nic


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4 Weeks Ago   #32
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

You'll be looking for a new drive, unfortunately.

If you plan on keeping the computer I'd invest in a Solid State Drive (SSD), boot times, access times and performance in general, much faster.
Googling your system specifications, it appears to have a 250GB SATA drive, correct?
I have Samsung 850 Pro 256GB (over $120) and 1TB Hitachi as my data storage drive in my HP desktop.
I have a Crucial MX500 250GB SATA 2.5-inch 7mm Internal SSD ($59.99) in my Compaq laptop.
If I purchased them now, I would opt for at least a 512 GB drive, albeit more expensive.

Here's a link to Tom's Hardware excellent review of all computer hardware.

The Best Cheap SSDs of 2018 PC Mag take your time and read through the article.

My opinion, any major brand is acceptable, they all provide warranties and you won't notice much if any difference is speed on your machine.
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4 Weeks Ago   #33
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Sounds like a bad burn to me too.

Create another install dvd or usb stick.

But in order to do that you need a good ISO file.

This link should work to download a proper ISO file of W7 Ultimate.

TechBench by WZT (v4.1.1)

And if you have no data to save on the hard drive, delete any/all partitions down to unallocated space and then just click next.

Step 6 and step 7

Clean Install Windows 7

Getting a SSD is a great suggestion

And right now a 500GB Samsung EVO is on sale for $99.99 And will drastically reduce the heat of the entire laptop.

SSD 860 EVO 2.5" SATA III 500GB Memory & Storage - MZ-76E500B/AM | Samsung US
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4 Weeks Ago   #34
irishmike

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
You'll be looking for a new drive, unfortunately.

If you plan on keeping the computer I'd invest in a Solid State Drive (SSD), boot times, access times and performance in general, much faster.
Googling your system specifications, it appears to have a 250GB SATA drive, correct?
I have Samsung 850 Pro 256GB (over $120) and 1TB Hitachi as my data storage drive in my HP desktop.
I have a Crucial MX500 250GB SATA 2.5-inch 7mm Internal SSD ($59.99) in my Compaq laptop.
If I purchased them now, I would opt for at least a 512 GB drive, albeit more expensive.

Here's a link to Tom's Hardware excellent review of all computer hardware.

The Best Cheap SSDs of 2018 PC Mag take your time and read through the article.

My opinion, any major brand is acceptable, they all provide warranties and you won't notice much if any difference is speed on your machine.



TY




I ran the Rufus program, created an image of Win 7 on my USB, everything worked great but but for 1 hour 30 minutes the scree shows "Windows 7 is finalizing you settings"


I know this is way to long for this step so I am just going to halt everything and do some hard drive shopping




What to do about this stuck step in the install process? Just shut it down?
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4 Weeks Ago   #35
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Great added recommendations/suggestions AddRAM

Yea, since your drive is shot, shut it down with power button! If you have sensitive info on it you might want to wipe it!
How to Wipe a Hard Drive

Wishing you the BEST OF LUCK!

Nic
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4 Weeks Ago   #36
irishmike

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Great added recommendations/suggestions AddRAM

Yea, since your drive is shot, shut it down with power button! If you have sensitive info on it you might want to wipe it!
How to Wipe a Hard Drive

Wishing you the BEST OF LUCK!

Nic



Got my 500 GB HDD today. Said it had Win 10 on it, which I do not want.


here is the screen I see when doing a clean Win 7 install, should I delete all of them and have only partition before install?




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4 Weeks Ago   #37
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Go to advanced - delete ALL partitions - create new.
It will create two partitions:
- MS reserved - 120M - RAW (unformated)
- Big NTFS
Choose to install on the big NTFS

Clean Install Windows 7

You should have bought a small SSD (128G) for Windows and Programs and a HDD for data.
To install a second drive on a laptop, replace the ODD (CD/DVD) buy a caddy.
VANTEC MRK-HC127A-BK SSD/HDD Aluminum Caddy for 12.7mm ODD Laptop Drive Bay - Newegg.com

You have no idea what a SSD can do for an old laptop.
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4 Weeks Ago   #38
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Where did you get a hard drive or ssd that said it already had W10 on it ?

What exactly did you buy/get ?
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4 Weeks Ago   #39
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi irishmike,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irishmike View Post
Got my 500 GB HDD today. Said it had Win 10 on it, which I do not want.
Is it a new HDD?
If it is second hand, then format it and install Windows 7!
If so, HDD's don't come pre-installed with Windows, whatever version. Normally the manufacturer only puts on a free trial of something or thier own utilities suite or something like that!

I hope this helps!
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3 Weeks Ago   #40
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes you should delete ALL the partitions, all you want to see is unallocated space, then click next. Ignore the red square in this picture, just click next.

I already posted the link to clean install W7 in reply #33


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