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Windows 7: First custom PC build (Q's)

22 Mar 2011   #81
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You should set the BIOS boot options as follows: 1st Floppy (if available) 2nd CD/DVD drive 3rd HDD. Note that you can have more than one bootable HDD included here, in which case the system will boot from the one that is listed first. To boot from USB, or from an HDD that isn't included in the main options, press the appropriate key upon booting (on my system, this is F11). You will then get a list of available boot devices (including those present in the normal boot options), and you can boot from any of the listed devices simply by using the up/down cursor keys to highlight the required entry and then pressing enter/return. This is known as One-Time booting, it doesn't affect normal operation. For example, I use this method when I want to boot into Linux (I have this on a separate HDD) and also when I want to reinstall my OSes (I have these stored on USB sticks). I shall also use this method for Windows 8 (when it finally appears), as I have another HDD reserved for that.


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22 Mar 2011   #82
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Dwarf, I think you explained it better than I did.

Edit: although I didn't know anyone still used Floppys.
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22 Mar 2011   #83
MadSupra354

 

So let me get this straight, I have to go into my BIOS by pressing Delete as soon as I turn my PC on, set my time zone ect. and I have 2 Hard Drives. I want to install Windows 7 on my Western Digital Drive, though my other drive isn't connected so that won't cause any issues. Should I disconnect ALL drives?
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22 Mar 2011   #84
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

If you only have the drive you want to install windows on connected you will leave that connected.
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22 Mar 2011   #85
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

You may find this tutorial helpful in installing windows
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22 Mar 2011   #86
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
You should set the BIOS boot options as follows: 1st Floppy (if available) 2nd CD/DVD drive 3rd HDD. Note that you can have more than one bootable HDD included here, in which case the system will boot from the one that is listed first. To boot from USB, or from an HDD that isn't included in the main options, press the appropriate key upon booting (on my system, this is F11). You will then get a list of available boot devices (including those present in the normal boot options), and you can boot from any of the listed devices simply by using the up/down cursor keys to highlight the required entry and then pressing enter/return. This is known as One-Time booting, it doesn't affect normal operation. For example, I use this method when I want to boot into Linux (I have this on a separate HDD) and also when I want to reinstall my OSes (I have these stored on USB sticks). I shall also use this method for Windows 8 (when it finally appears), as I have another HDD reserved for that.
How do I found out which key to press when booting? BTW I think I found out what's making the noise. It's the PSU. I think it may have been hitting off rubber. Do you think it might be damaged?
*Edit* I think I've got it. Should I set mine as: 1st CD-ROM 2nd USB 3rd HDD?
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22 Mar 2011   #87
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Watch the screen when you boot up. If this feature is supported by your BIOS, you should see the appropriate key/key combination to use at this stage. Like I said, for me it is the F11 key, so you can try that for starters. Just keep repeatedly tapping it when you turn the power on.
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22 Mar 2011   #88
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The BIOS settings needed to boot from a USB stick can be very tricky.

On an Intel board I used to use, I had to enable USB booting AND put USB drive first in boot order AND change USB mass storage to “emulate fixed discs” or something close to that. This last choice was NOT the default.

Regarding your fan noise: Fans can make odd noises and not run properly if the fan connector is connected improperly on the motherboard. You can try rotating the connector 180 degrees and reconnecting it onto the 3 pin or 4 pin connector if the keyway will allow it. That may or may not help. If it doesn't, the diagnosis is likely a failing fan or the blades directly rubbing on something.
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22 Mar 2011   #89
MadSupra354

 

Trying to fix the PSU. I've got a Cooler master GX650W, and I'm pretty sure it sucks air through the bottom and spits it out through the back, but I think the rubber on the case is hitting off the fan. What should I do?
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22 Mar 2011   #90
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Start the PSU fan spinning. Force the fan to stop spinning with a fingertip or tool tosee if the noise stops to confirm it is the PSU fan making the noise.

I've never seen such a situation.

It obviously shouldn't be hitting anything unless something has become dislodged. Look for marks indicating the fan has been striking something.

Don't guess. Confirm.
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