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Windows 7: Windows 7 Dual Boot problems. Please help

19 May 2010   #11


I would try slipstreaming another ISO, then burn it using ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify.

The prob could be either in the compiling of the ISO or burning of CD.

If you load the ISO into ImgBurn it will tell you in the text if it is "bootable."

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20 May 2010   #12

windows 7

I hadn't done this because i didn't think i needed to - it was my understanding that the slipstream disk is only necessary if the sata drives are not recognised when installing. However when i install XP, both my C: and G; drives (the small partiton off the C: ) are both visible already. (my additional sata data drive is also visible at this stage). Hence i can copy all the install files across to the G:, and then only after the restart does the problem occur. I've been reading my motherboard manual and i understand that its a bios setting that allows the sata drives to be detected.

Does this make sense? Is my understanding correct?
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20 May 2010   #13


Yes, you understanding is correct to my knowledge.

Are you installing Win98 when this happens, or XP? You said you had bought Win98 to upgrade to XP, so I am wondering if this is what is causing the hang. It is a very old OS.

Try removing the formatting for the G: partition and apply it from the installer, as the partition table is slightly different with Win7.
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20 May 2010   #14

windows 7

I am installing XP. I start by putting the XP upgrade disk in, then the installer gets to a point where it says that it cannot find a full windows OS to upgrade. It asks that i put in any other full Windows OS disk to verify that i have a full installation, so at this point i insert the windows 98 disk. Once checked, it asks that i put the upgrade disk back in and starts copying files across. As far as i can tell it only uses the 98 disk for verification, it doesn not appear to use any files at all from that disk.

As regards your second point, are you saying i should do the NTFS format as part of the install, rather than doing it in windows 7 disk manager before the install? If so then i am already doing this. i have tried everything i can think of and this is driving me crazy.

It did still occur to me that it could be an issue with XP SP1 though. Is it possible that even this is old enough to be causing compatibility issues with my new hardware? Unfortunately I have no way of trying the upgrade using a full XP SP2 disk which is something i would like to test.
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21 May 2010   #15

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21 May 2010   #16


Yes, a screenshot would be helpful. Are there any hidden or EISA partitions on the HD?

Can you borrow another XP CD to try it?
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21 May 2010   #17

windows 7

No problem, just to clarify, is it only a screenshot of sisk management within windows 7 that you want to see? Thanks for your assistance here guys by way, i appreciate the help very much.
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22 May 2010   #18


Yes, full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings; use Snipping Tool in Start menu, attach file using paper clip in Reply box.

Check also for any hidden partitions by typing CMD in start search box, rightclick result to Run as Admin, type:

SELECT DISK # (replace # with Win7 HD #)

Now check for any partitions in list which don't appear in Disk Mgmt. Copy down all info for such a partition and post back.

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29 May 2010   #19

windows 7

My apologies for the delay in getting back but i've been away. I've attached both screeshots requested, but i don't see anything out of the ordinary in the way of hidden partitions.

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29 May 2010   #20


Try deleting the partition you made for XP in Win7 Disk Mgmt, then using the XP CD to create and format the partition in that space.

Try removing all but 2gb of RAM for the install. Swap RAM. Test RAM.

Test your HD using maker's diagnostics/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Check the CD carefully for scratches or dirt and clean carefully.
Borrow or download another XP installer for your version.

Check also the SATA controller setting in BIOS. What is it?
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