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Windows 7: Cannot boot from DVD or USB

13 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
Cannot boot from DVD or USB

I am trying to do a custom install of Windows 7 Professional (DVD genuine original from Microsoft). At present I have Vista Home Premium installed on Dell XPS M1530 laptop. I have set the BIOS to boot from 1)USB drive 2)CD/DVD Drive 3)HDD. I have tried to boot from the DVD but it will not boot from the DVD, it just skips straight over to the HDD and boots up into Vista.
So I tried copying the files from the DVD to a USB drive. This time it recognised the drive on bootup, but said that there was no boot sector on the drive. Is there something in Vista that is preventing it from recognising the boot sector on the Windos 7 boot disk? Or is there some other way I can get a custom installation to work?

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13 Apr 2010   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

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13 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Try manually booting from the drive, through use of the popup boot menu (often F11 or F12).

Use this tutorial to create a bootable thumb drive, just to eliminate all factors.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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13 Apr 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Can you boot a Vista disk OK?

If so, you could remake the 7 install dvd.

Put it in the drive, rt click the dvd drive select copy, then paste it onto your HD.

Rt click RUN AS ADMIN on BootIsomakerV2.cmd.

Select Vista bootsector.

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13 Apr 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


Another option for running Custom install is to run the DVD from Vista. The only functions you will lose are the ability to format your HD before install.

If the disk will still not run from Vista, then extract the files to the desktop and run Setup.
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13 Apr 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I expect nfh would like to have some kind of bootable media for repair /reinstall.
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