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Windows 7: Cannot boot upgrade CD

03 Apr 2010   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What programs did you use to make the DVD, what burn speed (4x is best with verify ON) ?


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03 Apr 2010   #12
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snadbad View Post
Is there like a firmware or something I can DL for it to pick it up? I really need to get this computer fixed. It's basically gone, <3 malware!
Flashing the firmware on a DVD drive is the very last thing you want to do at this point. You should only do that if you suspect it got corrupted somehow, and your drive is unresponsive in normal use. This is NOT a firmware issue, I assure you.
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04 Apr 2010   #13
Snadbad

Vista Ultimate
 
 

Alright, thanks guys. I guess I'm sorta out of options here. Sorry for the late response, I didn't see the second page. At this point, I think I'm just going to see if I can get a USB stick since I'm virtually screwed in every other direction.

Thanks for all your help,

Snadbad
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04 Apr 2010   #14
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Let us know if your successful. There's others options that can be explored, if you happen to fail with going the USB route.
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04 Apr 2010   #15
Snadbad

Vista Ultimate
 
 

What other options are available? I'd like to know them all before I go the USB route.

Thanks,

Snadbad
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04 Apr 2010   #16
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I saw something similar lately. I was attempting a repair of a PC that had acquired a "scareware" (fake antivirus application) infection, and that the owner had rendered unable to boot by failing to uninstall it.

The DVD drive would read disks, but there was some sort of hardware problem with it: booting from a disk in the drive was not possible. Swapping in an old DVD ROM drive allowed me to finish the job.

Preparing a bootable USB key drive is pretty easy, if it's formatted as FAT32:

Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7?Even on a Netbook

It's also possible to do it for an NTFS drive, but it's a little more difficult.

This supposes that you have access to a PC with a reliable DVD reader.

It has the positive side effect of installing WIn7 rather more quickly than from the DVD.
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04 Apr 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Another option is to zero your HD with an autostarting CD like free Partition Wizard. Once into PW choose Wipe HD and apply zeroes to get it cleanest possible. DOD standard is max cleanest but takes hours as it applies zeros x3..

Now the DVD should autostart on the blank HD, and since I believe Digital River is full retail version you won't even have to to do the workaround for installing Upgrade to blank HD given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If this doesn't work, then you can borrow or buy (and later return if necessary) a DVD drive to boot the DVD, but you should zero the drive at least once to get the infection out. I would also place the DVD in your working computer's drive and rightclick scan it with AV and Spybot to make it won't import infection, and do the same with PW CD after its use.
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04 Apr 2010   #18
Snadbad

Vista Ultimate
 
 

Do I need to zero my harddrive? Won't a clean install kill everything? I removed the infection, it's just some registry stuff that's stopping my browsers from functioning, I think.
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04 Apr 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

A clean install will only quick format the HD (if you use Custom install>Drive tools) which only overwrites the partition table.

The infection may still be in the overwritten data which is never preferable when you can zero the HD.

If you don't want to bother with a 3rd party utility to zero the HD, then first boot the Win7 DVD into Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to open a Command Prompt, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (Replace # with target HD #)
CLEAN ALL (applies zeroes to HD)
EXIT

Now boot back into DVD to Custom install using Drive Tools to create New partition(s) as you wish, then Format before installing Win7 to first partition.
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04 Apr 2010   #20
Snadbad

Vista Ultimate
 
 

Well, it doesn't look like I'll ever get that far. I obtained a USB, I set it up according to the link that was provided here. I plugged it into the computer, and I got ready for it to boot. The system hangs on the black screen with a bunch of text at ACPI Controller. I rebooted and tried again, and to no avail, it is still stuck there. I'm starting to think that my computer does not want ANYTHING to do with Win 7. I've googled the problem, and for most it seems to be in their boot order, but for me, my boot order shouldn't matter as I went straight to the boot menu and chose USB-HDD.

Thanks,

Snadbad
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