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Windows 7: Won't install from USB and I'm frustrated!

03 Apr 2010   #11
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

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How's that gonna help?? His problem is not the hard drive, it looks like his BIOS is not recognizing the falsh drive.
Probably it wasn't made bootable...

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p4ch1nk0..have you made sure your BIOS is set to have the flash drive as first in the boot priority?
That won't help him either... he needs the pop up menu with the Hard disk as primary in his BIOS... After the first boot in the install sequence Windows has to go to the hard disk not the flash drive... Setting the flash as primary in bios will only put the installer into an endless loop.
It'll only loop if he leaves the flash drive plugged in when Windows is installed. (I learned this the other day )


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03 Apr 2010   #12
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p4ch1nk0 View Post
Hi guys. I need some halp please.
I put Windows 7 Ultimate onto a USB flash drive using the command prompt method. During the installation and before anything is actually installed, I saw this message:


Load Driver_______________________________________________[ X ]
A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you havea driver
floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, pleaseinsert it now.
Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you
can safely remove it for this step.
____________________________________________[Browse] [OK] [Cancel]



I wish I could post a screenshot but that's kind of difficult for my situation, and I also haven't got a camera.

I prepared the same USB stick again using Novicorp WinToFlash, and I got the same error message. Then I tried another USB stick, and still I got the same results. Then I tried a different ISO altogether, and I still had the same thing happening. I really wanna install Windows 7!

What do I do?
OK..it's time to start fresh...Have you read this ?
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03 Apr 2010   #13
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p4ch1nk0 View Post
sorry guys. there is nothing in my bios that lets me change that sort of thing. btw, it's a dell mini 9.
Crap... I hate when I do this...

After detailing how to do this, I'm about to tell you not to...

I just looked up the specs for your netbook... it's a single core ATOM machine with the Intel chipset. This is a 1.6ghz machine with a processor about equivalent to a pentium 3 in performance using a chipset that is not known for good video or audio capabilities.

Win7 might install and run but video and audio playback is going to massively suck.

I have an ASROCK ION 330 that works perfectly as my HTPC with XP. I put Windows 7 in it and then struggled with it for 3 weeks trying to get it to play simple MP3 files and low bitrate AVI files. The ASRock is a dual core Atom with the highly optimized Nvidia ION chipset and it couldn't do it... I had to put XP back in before there was a family rebellion.

So... be warned... if you do get your Dell netbook running Win7, you might be in for some pretty nasty problems.
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03 Apr 2010   #14
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
It'll only loop if he leaves the flash drive plugged in when Windows is installed. (I learned this the other day )
Yes... and the flash drive will have to stay in at least until it discovers hardware and installs drivers ... between the first and second statups.

That is why they came up with boot menus... specifically to avoid the looping problem.

And, in this case it's why I explained it the way I did. I've done this lots of times (too many in fact) I know my way works.
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03 Apr 2010   #15
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Then what are you saying? As long as he removes the flash drive at the right point; no problem.
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03 Apr 2010   #16
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

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Then what are you saying? As long as he removes the flash drive at the right point; no problem.
No... I'm saying that as long as the hard disk is his primary boot and he uses the boot menu, he doesn't have to remove the flash drive at all. He can leave it in there until the install completes... he can even put extra drivers and even some software on the flash drive along with windows and install that before removing the flash.
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03 Apr 2010   #17
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
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Then what are you saying? As long as he removes the flash drive at the right point; no problem.
No... I'm saying that as long as the hard disk is his primary boot and he uses the boot menu, he doesn't have to remove the flash drive at all. He can leave it in there until the install completes... he can even put extra drivers and even some software on the flash drive along with windows and install that before removing the flash.
My bad You are absolutely correct
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03 Apr 2010   #18
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Then what are you saying? As long as he removes the flash drive at the right point; no problem.
No... I'm saying that as long as the hard disk is his primary boot and he uses the boot menu, he doesn't have to remove the flash drive at all. He can leave it in there until the install completes... he can even put extra drivers and even some software on the flash drive along with windows and install that before removing the flash.
My bad You are absolutely correct
No problem....
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03 Apr 2010   #19
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

That's the second time today I've misread a post. I blame it on Daylight Saving ending today
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03 Apr 2010   #20
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
That's the second time today I've misread a post. I blame it on Daylight Saving ending today
Again no worries... with us being on opposite sides of the big blue marble, maybe you just didn't hear me ...
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