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28 Oct 2009   #11

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

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28 Oct 2009   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate

Yup, clean install.
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28 Oct 2009   #13

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Windows 7 endless reboot answer evades Microsoft

Microsoft support offers ideas, but some PCs still crippled after upgrade attempt

By Gregg Keizer
October 27, 2009 03:48 PM ET

Computerworld - Users remained stymied today by endless reboots after trying to upgrade their PCs to Windows 7, according to messages posted on Microsoft's support forum.

An answer has yet to be found for all users, who began reporting the problem last Friday after watching the upgrade stall two-thirds of the way through the process. Most users said that their PCs had displayed an error that claimed the upgrade had been unsuccessful and that Vista would be restored. Instead, their PCs again booted to the Windows 7 setup process, failed, then restarted the vicious cycle.

Several Microsoft engineers, including the company's senior group manager for Windows supportability, have offered advice, but on Monday users continued to publish complaints on a growing forum thread.
"I think I've gotten to the point where trying to install Windows 7 is simply not worth it," said "Chimaera717" around 1 p.m. ET today. Chimaera717 was one of the first users to gripe about reboot hell. "I'm more content with actually having a working computer. Anyone know if we can get our money back?"

Earlier, Microsoft support engineers posting to the thread urged users to burn downloaded upgrades -- which were delivered as disk image, or .iso, files -- at their DVD drives' slowest speeds to reduce the chance of corrupting the data, one possible explanation for the endless reboots. At the same time, one user pointed others to a document published last July on Microsoft's support site that spelled out a possible solution.
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I had responded to this, in an effort to help those guys with the "Endless reboot" problem,
to hopefully get back to a 'working' computer, with their rolled-back Vista O.S.:

The 'kb/974078' solution, provided at:
Continual reboot after attempting to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7
will not work, because:

A.) There is no w7 'Boot Manager' menu to select from --- the computer is "continually rebooting"...
.... To resolve these issues, select Windows Vista instead of the default Windows 7 setup when you see the boot entry menu ....
@ JSchneider21 :
@ FJP57:

For those where the "upgraded Vista" results in a "Rollback" and "Endless-loop" of rebooting attempts:
Came across this which -might- make your system bootable again, after the "rollback" to Vista :

1. Insert the Windows Vista Media into the drive,

2. Set your BIOS to first priority = Boot from CD/DVD.

3. Then boot from that DVD , and when Windows Vista 'Setup' appears,

4. Get to an 'Admin' Command-Prompt by hitting "Shift and F10".

5. Type the following command at the command prompt and press ENTER

Drive:\boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 All (Note: Drive: is the DVD drive where the Windows Vista installation media is located)

6. Restart your computer.

(It should boot into your old Vista installation.)
Don't know if anyone's tried it yet.
(Those "MS forums" are a bear to navigate and work with...)
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28 Oct 2009   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I went from XP SP3 to Win 7 HP x64 clean install. Lost a bit of data but do't care about that as the difference is immense.
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28 Oct 2009   #15

7 x64/ Back-Track 4

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ben100014 View Post
Wow, that is quite a system setup you have there Nighthawk. I cannot imagine Tri-booting, I just wouldn't have the time to set that up or maintain it. :)
Look around and you will likely find several screenshots of the various partitioning themes I've had over the last several months. This was all done across several internal as well as a few usb flash drives tossed into the mix. "5 sata BDs and a half dozen flash drives!"

Even with the beta builds as well as installs on Virtual machines none of the shutdown looping problems has been seen at all through all that. 7 has been a success story here so far!
Hah Same here :P Im sooo happy with Win7. I have Win7 x64, Ubuntu 9.04 x64, and a beta build of Ubuntu 9.10 x64, thought need to change my system into Win7 x64 and jst ubuntu 9.10 final ^^ Gargh...
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28 Oct 2009   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Maybe, hitting f8, as it reboots, and making the hd the primary boot may work.
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28 Oct 2009   #17
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

There's always something with any new version of Windows that comes out especially for certain prebuilds. Those with custom cases generally are able to get past them. Yet sometimes it's not Windows or a patch by a manufacturer but a bad install.
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29 Oct 2009   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

I tend to always do clean installs because as hard as Microsoft may try, there is no way, in my opinion, to assure that an upgrade from a near infinite number of hardware and software combinations (software that may be installed incorrectly or written badly) will be trouble free. Just my two cents.
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29 Oct 2009   #19
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

That's a good observation! The one thing most people especially the novice user won't generally realize is the hidden clutter remaining on a present installation when going to perform an upgrade. The upgrade will tend to pick up on minor or simply unknown registry problems with the existing softwares as well as the present copy of Windows on.
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30 Oct 2009   #20

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

The few installation problems I had was fixed by just clearing the cmos and starting over again. It worked on two completely different machines.
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