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Trying Clean Install - Boot From CD Freezes

Q: Trying Clean Install - Boot From CD Freezes

Gateway Intel Pentium DualCore Vista 32-bit
I am trying to run a clean install after my computer crashed and the unmountable boot volume problem arose. When I try to Boot From CD/DVD, Windows loads (long white bar on bottom fills up over a minute or two), it starts the next Windows Corporation page that looks as if it's starting up the computer, then simply freezes on a black screen. My boot order is CD/DVD first and I am booting to the original OS disk. (If I try to Start Computer it comes to the blue screen of death, and when I try system repair it returns to that screen.)

Any ideas or links as to how to start the clean sweep/reinstallation process? Is there software I need to run a clean sweep?


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Preferred Solution: Trying Clean Install - Boot From CD Freezes

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Installed Win 7 Pro x86 last night on a new HD. After installing SP1, restarting freezes at the Gateway boot screen and I have to hit the power button to shut off, then turn back on. There are no alerts in device manager, so I don't believe this is a driver issue. Everything else seems to be working fine, so I don't think the HD is bad. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Restart freezes on manufacture's boot screen after clean install

Run a startup repair and see if that fixes the issue.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I have tried toubleshooting this problem my self with no sucsess, have tried taking computer to pc outlett to fix(they just formatted it and cbf seeing if it acually worked) with about the same luck, so hopefull there will be a smart puppy out there somewhere
I have run Vista home premium 32bit for a while, but now have decided to upgrade my pc with
Mother- Gigabyte Ga-EP45-DS3R
CPU- Intel Core 2 Quad Core 2.83gHz
GPU- ATI-HD4870X2 2Gb Pci-E
MEM- Corsair 4GB kit Twin2x4096-8500c5df w/fan
HDD- Samsung SATA2 160GB
Pwr- Thermal Take "tough power" 750watt
Case- Antec 900 Gaming Case

And heres the Problem:
I Installed XP first(i have vista upgrade) then installed Vista Flawlessly.
After about 20min of installing drivers ect it froze.Lost Power to USB devices and had to restart.
This happend once or twice more, then worked for the rest of the night.
I updated all Vista and drivers.
Even played "crysis" with all graph settings on very high without a problem.
Next day it began to freeze every time i booted windows(within 1-5min of seeing vista GUI)
It also restarted it self 1-2 times after seeing motherboard image on boot up. Then froze just before "verifying DMI pool Data".But after another restart, ran thru to windows and froze again.
I formatted it and took off "raid 0" wich i was running.
Strang thing was it did its usal freeze 1-2 times then ran perfectly that night.But next day surpirse suprise now does one of the two freezes m... Read more

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Hey guys,

Alright, so my hard disk crashed a few days back (I was running XP Pro), so I decided to install 7.

My specs are:

Motherborad: Intel 82865GBF
Graphics: On-board 256MB graphics, they are handling the aero style well.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz
Ram: 3 GB
HDD: 320GB
Now, here's the problem. I installed Windows 7 and it loads up fine. Then when i'm doing anything like browsing though empty folders or opening up the control panel, the compe freezes for a few seconds, the active window says 'Not Responding' in the title bar.

I took a closer look at the Cabinet and realised that when I tell the computer to do something, the HDD light doesnt light up, then I get the Not Responding, and then 10-20 secs later, the HDD light blinks and the Not Responding window starts working.

It does this for everything I do, the HDD light has a lag of 10-15secs after which it lights up and the computer does what I had told it to do.

BTW, the Aero glass interface works great, no lags whatsoever in that respect.

Also important to know is that the HDD is completely blank, it only has Windows 7 on it, I havent installed one file or application.

So I think this is a HDD problem since it just crashed a few days back, but I can't be sure.

Ohh, last problem, My keyboard doesnt work completely (it used to with XP), in Windows 7 i couldn't press Shift or Caps Lock and some other alphabets, today morning I could press shift and Caps Lock, but those same alphabets di... Read more

A:Windows 7 freezes after clean install

Okay, new problem.

Just restarted my computer and after the Starting Windows screen, all I get is a black screen with a mouse, and I can move the mouse around but nothing opens, and HDD light was blinking a lot at the Starting Windows screen but on the black screen, no blinking.

This reminds me of a virus my brother had on his laptop last week (running XP). His laptop was working fine and then he started it one day and after the windows screen it just goes black with a mouse pointer.

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Hello, my computer has been freezing for the past few days every time I try to login.

It will sometimes give me a pink screen, I got in once but the screen went black in a couple minutes.

I can login in safe mode fine and even normally if I do diagnostic mode from msconfig.

I tried repairing windows 7 startup, but it detected no errors. I tried a clean install but the problem stayed.

all help is appreciated

A:Computer freezes after login, even after clean install

"It will sometimes give me a pink screen, I got in once but the screen went black in a couple minutes"...

Sounds like a video card issue. What are your complete computer specs, and what kind of video are you running? On-board or separate video card?

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Hello have got stuck on what should be simple.

Have successfully already got the latest current 32-Bit Windows 8.1 (upgrade 1 etc.) running smoothly (since it was released to market) using the original retail Windows 8 Pro DVD Physical Media (from Amazon [pre-order]) to upgrade from within a running & activated copy of 32-Bit Windows XP Pro SP3.

Ideally would like to move to 64-Bit Windows 8 (then 10) to access 8GB of RAM.

Have just discovered that neither my 32-Bit or 64-Bit Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade DVD's will clean install with a single blank HDD.

Both Win8 DVD's boot, then the blue 4 panel Windows logo appears, then the white dots circular spinner appears below the blue Windows logo, then the entire screen goes blank to black (but remains powered on) and nothing then seems to take place - no HDD light activity any more - nor any DVD Drive light activity that stops as well - just slow light pattern changes on my lit up (Crucial Ballistix Tracer) RAM.

The desktop has been at black screen for just over an hour now (writing this on laptop) no HDD / DVD indicator light activity - even with a brand new SATA cable!

Any ideas how to overcome this weird problem as also would ideally like to be able to clean install just Windows 8.1.


A:Clean install of Windows 8 Freezes just after Spinner


I am also having this problem with my win8 DVDs. The 32 bit actually throws an error screen after the spinners, but the 64 bit just goes blank/black like yours. I have no idea what to do.

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Puchased 2 Think Centres from a local university. No operating system on either. Tried installing Win 10 with media creation tool on flash drive then the ISO on DVD. The Windows logo comes on the screen and freezes. After about a min, it says something went wrong and restarts only to the same result. Someone said I need drivers but can you install drivers without an operating system installed? the units originally had Win 7.  
Mod:  edited Subject line to add system type

A:ThinkCentre M90p: clean Win 10 install freezes

Your systems may not be supported for Windows 10, you can check here:  Windows 10 Upgrade - Supported System List

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Puchased 2 Think Centres from a local university. No operating system on either. Tried installing Win 10 with media creation tool on flash drive then the ISO on DVD. The Windows logo comes on the screen and freezes. After about a min, it says something went wrong and restarts only to the same result. Someone said I need drivers but can you install drivers without an operating system installed? the units originally had Win 7.  

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I'm trying to install a 'clean' installation of vista
I already have vista on my computer as my operating system but I have been experiencing problems.
I'm booting from the vista disc, and everything seems to be working correctly until after the first start up. Once I get to the screen where it says 'completing installation', suddenly it just stops working. It's not really frozen, but it will not continue the installation. I've tried installing it around five times and this has happened every time.
Any suggestions on how to fix this?


A:Windows vista clean install freezes, or shuts down

Elaborate a bit please: Do you have Vista already installed and you are trying to install another copy over the existing one? A clean install to me means that you have removed the previous installation of Vista.

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Hi there,

I recently acquired the computer listed in my specs, and was having 10 second freezes when running programs or just exploring the hard drive. I have XP Pro SP2. I figured it might be windows or something so I tried running a clean install. Just after it asks for SCSI or RAID drivers at the bottom it freezes and then blue screens on me saying "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer... blah blah blah, error code STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7CAE524,0x00000C34,0x00000000,0x00000000). So I ran the Windows disk checker after booting in my original XP Pro SP2 and it gave me the same blue screen. AFAIK I have 2 Western Digital 74GB HDs in RAID 0 configuration... I surmise RAID 0 was installed incorrectly or I have a bum hard drive.

What is the right step to take from here?

A:Blue screen on Clean Install, Diskcheck, 10 second freezes

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Hi everyone. It seems I have the worst luck with Windows these days, but here is my problem.

I have made two clean installs of Windows 2000 Professional today trying to figure out a problem. It all started with my first install. It was behaving funny, freezing on startup (after desktop icons loaded) every other reboot or so. I put the latest Via chipset drivers on there, and nVidia video drivers (to get out of 16 color mode) and then the freezing upon boot seemed to stop.

I had already made the mistake of installing a few applications such as Firefox and Atomic Clock Sync, etc. Not only did it crash on boot every other boot or so, it would always freeze 2-3 minutes after starting a VNC session (using RealVNC). I tried troubleshooting those problems all evening, and I thought I would just start clean, in case something happened along the way.

So an hour or so ago, I started the 2000 install process again. It went fine and didn't have any problems. I installed a firewall first, just to be sure I didn't get the new install infected in any way. I went to download the nVidia drivers so I could actually see things in a decent resolution and color quality. That went fine as well.

I installed RealVNC and tried it from another machine. Speed was nice and fast, but just like before, it freezes the whole computer after 2-3 minutes, and I have to do a hard reset. Same result with UltraVNC I'm afraid.

I posted this in the Windows forum because I've checked ou... Read more

A:Brand new clean install Win2k. Freezes after 2-3 minutes of use!

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My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs down and gets stuck on the install files and cycles over and over and never goes anywhere. I also performed a start up repair and it cycles over and over for hours on end, please help!

A:Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7

Welcome freakyfrowe

I assume from your specs this is an acer laptop. Check this thread for a lot of ideas.

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Disconnect all not necesssary USB devices, printers, ext monitors, TVs, etc.

Also this Tutorial on Clean Install with upgrade disc

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Edit: Optimize Hard Drive for Install

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I have a Asus Zenbook laptop (UX31). I crushed my MBR and somehow I couldn't ever restore it so I did a new clean install (even though I have a Windows.old folder with most if not all of my old files).

And so the usual boring process began: download drivers, installing them, installing the usual software (Avast, Comodo firewall, Chrome, Office, Adobe programs...) and almost on top of that I began doing lot of work with it, sadly I have almost no time to lose.

Somewhere in that process I started noticing some performance problems: doing different things (open a new chrome tab, clicking a link, open folder, clicking low workload buttons in any program) makes the whole thing freeze for 1-4 seconds. Most of the times the mouse can still be moved during the freeze moment, other times even the mouse is freezed for those 1-4 seconds which is more annoying.

In the last install nothing like this happened, system was perfectly fluid. As far as i can remember I have installed the same drivers from the same Asus page, and the same software. Obviously something is different.

I had the suspicion it was COMODO firewall that was freezing things (its alert windows usually freeze more consistently) so I temporarily "disabled it": but problems persist.

Can you help?

A:Clean Win7 install + drivers + basic software = randome little freezes

Hello Joker mate what media are you using to install with? May I suggest this to you if you are doing a factory restore as I don't know what you are using (machine wise)

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Some system specs would be very welcome
System Info - See Your System Specs

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Z570 hangs freezes on boot with Black Screen after clean Installation of Windows 10.  Have an Z570 that I wanted to resurect to Windows 10, bought a license, installed and all appeared to be working.  Device manger showed all devices recognised without me haveing to install any drivers.  Then I rebooted it, first reboot after the install and now it hangs on boot after bios and first glimse of Windows 10 startup.  After 3 failed boots, get the option to repair, reset.  Neither have worked.  If it picked up all the devices and found built in drivers for everthing why is there an issue?  I am going to try to install from scratch again, but do not hold much hope.  I cannot go back to windows 7 as I no longer have the media. Any help, suggestions appreciated.  Have you had this issue and found a resolution?

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I previously had XP32 running from the first partition of an SSD.
I cleaned off the second partition, shrunk it down to 90GB, TRIM, and performed a clean install of W7-64 onto it. I allowed it to install only essential security updates during installation.
Now at boot it produces the message: NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

That is interesting because NTLDR is used to start XP, not W7.

Only when I boot with the W7 installation DVD in the drive, it boots correctly into the Boot Manager and gives me a choice of W7 (default) or XP.

I have gone searching for solutions, and here are the remedies that I have tried so far:

1. the W7 partition was not set as Active, so I set it as active. No change.
In Computer Management the W7 partition is now shown as Healthy, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition. The XP32 partition is shown as Healthy Primary Partition.

2. I booted from the install DVD, went into Repair, and selected the Repair Boot Config. The installer, however, could find no problems with the setup. I did this 3 times as someone wrote that was necessary. No change.

3. In the Bios, I had the boot order set as Removable, CD/DVD, Hard Disk. Someone said that they had success in solving this by making the Hard Disk the first boot device. So I changed the order to Hard Disk, CD/DVD, Removable. But it did not work. It just went straight into the NTLDR error. So I changed the order bac... Read more

A:W7-64 clean install will not boot without Windows DVD ?

When you installed Windows 7 did you boot from the DVD to install?

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I have disc image recovery disc made and I can't figure out how to do a clean install I can't get my computer to boot no matter what I try I just keep getting the recovery loop options even when I put the first disc recovery disc in can anyone help please

A:Cant boot Windows 7 want to do clean install

Hello and welcome Mars mate some system specs would be really good please and in the meantime work through this Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Hi, I have installed XP media center on a laptop previously running home basic. I deleted all previous partitions and did a quick format NTFS, install seemed to go great. Came to restart the laptop and it wont even POST now. the only thing that happens is a light flashes twice when I press the power button.

I have taken the battery out and left it unplugged for 3 hours, but no difference.

Any suggestions?

All I can think is the BIOS data to boot was on a partition not on the motherboard, which has now been wiped. How can I get it back?

A:Wont boot after clean install of XP

check the operating system partition is marked active

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My Win 7 64 SP1 installation on my wife's PC has died.
It just won't boot up any more.
I have tried to do a repair "startup repair" but it cannot correct the error and doesn't give any useful information.

This is an OEM installation so I don't appear to have any other repair options from the Win DVD.

I am quite happy to do a clean install but I'm not sure if I have any other options I should try first and I'm not sure if I should try and recover any drivers etc from the system before I do the new install. (As the PC doesn't boot up on these disks I'm not even sure how to recover any files from them).


A:WIN7 won't boot. What should I do before trying a clean install?

Go through this tutorial : Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Well this has completely stumped me.

I wanted to put my spare computer to use. It previously had Win XP Home on it. Last week I installed Windows 7 beta to have a look, however after realising I would be unable to connect it to the internet due to security restrictions with my University Internet service provider. I decided to install Win XP Pro with the plan to dual boot it with ubuntu. (btw I was very impressed with my short look at Windows 7.)

I deleted all partitions and made a new one on my master disk and formatted to NTFS. Installation went fine. However after the compulsory installation reboot the Windows Loading splash screen apears but nothing happens, I never even see the loading bar. I have now tried to install win xp pro a number of times, I am unable to boot in to safe mode, I have performed CHKDSK in the recovery console and FIXBOOT, however to no avail. I'm really stumped as to why I can't get windows to load, I the know the disc is fine as it has been used successfully in the past.

Would really appreciate some help

Here is my hardware detail.
Motherboard: MSI P4MAM-V/L (socket 478)
CPU: Intel Celeron D 320 @ 2.4Ghz
RAM: 2x1024Mb DDR PC2100
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 7600GT 256Mb AGPx4
HDD 1x200GB(IDE|Master)1x250GB(IDE|Slave)

Many Thanks

A:Unable to boot after clean install of Win XP Pro

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My intentions are as I explain in the title. Have this new P70 W-10 machine in the factory NVMe SSD. Also have another NVMe SSD 960 Pro extra (1TB) and a Crucial MX300 SSD (1TB).After modifying the BIOS for legacy and to be able to boot from the CD/DVD drive first, my problem has been how to and in what form, the require driver, for either of the available drives, can be use? On my boot from the original W7 DVD, I can see the Crucial drive but installation will not advance, surely because of lack of appropriate drive.There is no offer for F6.The NVMe SSD is not even visible, I suppose because of the same reason.The window present two choices: 1] "Add Driver" and  2] "Search of location" which shows the DVD drive and BOOT. I have procure certain driver installation exe programs and even the *.inf plus *.sys files, placing them in a) USB, b) Floppy disk, c) CD.But  I can not make a) or b) visible in this particular window. actually, the setup program refuses to boot if there is anything else but the DVD in the DVD device.The option c) CD (with the driver installation exe, the inf and sys files) can be place in the device and the directory visualized, But it can only be selected without seen its content.In the lower part of the window you can select if you are excluding (or not) drivers that are not appropriate for the hardware. A scan will be performed with negative results. For one thing, the ... Read more

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I re-installed Windows 10 on my girlfriends pc and now it won't boot, it goes to a recovery screen as shown below:

I installed Windows via USB with the Windows 10 media creation tool. When I got to the screen when I chose the partition, the SSD which I wanted to install Windows on had a message "windows cannot be installed on this drive" so I clicked format, but it had the same message. So I Googled this as I haven't had this issue before, and found a solution to manually wipe the drive and convert to GPT as below:
Open the diskpart tool:
Identify the drive to reformat:
list disk
Select the drive, and reformat it:
select disk <disk number>
convert gpt
Close the command prompt window.
Continue the Windows Setup installation.

I followed these steps and windows installed normally, then when it went to boot I got the recovery screen.
I have tried several solutions found from googling but nothing has worked:

Select option to repair your system instead of installing.
Go to command prompt (in advanced options) and hit following commands to repair MBR.
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /rebuildbcd
Press [y] when system asks you to accept.

Running start-up repair didn't work either.

I've tried formatting the drive several times and re-installing windows, same issue every time.

I don't really know what to try next. Any help please?

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I have a small Dell Zino PC acting as a HTPC and it gave me fits trying to update to Win 10 Ann Ed. So I did a clean install and that seemed to work. But then a few times it got stuck booting up. It gets past the BIOS screens and gets into the first Win 10 screen, the one with the blue window and the revolving balls at the bottom. Then it gets stuck on that screen with the balls continuing to revolve but there is no disk activity and after 5 minutes I had to power off and on to try to get out of it. One time even that did not work so when it rebooted it offered me to do some troubleshooting and I let it go for an hour and it eventually said it could not find anything wrong. I let it continue and that time it did boot up all the way into Win 10.

Anyone else see this happen or have a suggestion on what I could look into?


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Hey guys, I was wondering if I could somehow boot to windows 7 after a major hardware change without having to reinstall windows. I don't have the disks ane there is no way for me to get them but I do have a unused product key. I can access the startup repair fine but that never fixes the problem. I always get error code 0x0 saying that a recent hardware change caused windows not to boot. Is there something I can type into the command prompt to at least get me to login screen or desktop?

A:any way to boot to windows 7 without clean install?

What are you trying to do? . . a repair Install? . . for that you will need a windows 7 instalaltion disc

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Trying to install XP Pro. BIOS boot sequence is correct, CD spins up, "Press any key to boot from CD". I get the usual "Scanning hardware devices" message, then it stops with a blank, black screen.

No hardware changes since last clean install. Only essential devices are plugged in, no USB devices at all. This is only the second time I've installed Windows on it, but the first attempt went flawlessly.

As far as I know, I've not made any changes to the BIOS that would cause this, although I've gone through it with a fine tooth comb to try and isolate the problem. Still nothing. It's a fairly new computer, and the BIOS doesn't have any of the old options for Anti-Virus etc.

System specs follow:-

P4 3gig Northwood,
ASRock P4VT8+ mobo
512mb PC3200
Geforce FX 5200 (Also tried Radeon 9200)

120 & 80gig Maxtor HD's
(Primary Master & Slave respectivly)

NEC Generic DVD Writer
(Secondary Master)

Help much appreciated,

A:Clean install: Failure on CD boot

Use the floppy boot disk and then insert the cd
missing a file on the cd or its corrupt

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hi everyone, I need help with learning how to do a clean install of windows 10, I know that if I insert the installation media I made by using the windows 10 media creation tool, I'm going to have to change the boot order on my HP notebook,and i will have to wipe all allocated partitions except the 1 in allocated partition on the disk, I have a cracked touchscreen on my pc and will likely send it in for repair tomorrow, and they may install the default OS using the original recovery disks I have to send in with this PC, if they do use the recovery discs and restore it to factory, I will likely start from scratch, and maybe even if They don't, from what I see on the bios there are two options for disabling:

1. Legacy Support mode(disabled)
2.Secure boot(enabled)

which one do i choose, and how do i change the boot order, also how do i go about doing a clean install, should I insert the disk while the OS is running or change the boot order and boot from the windows10 upgrade/installation disk via internal dvd drive?

A:How do i do a clean install of window 10 using dvd boot up

With notbooks I suck but I think i can give you heads up

You are talking about USB then you say dvd // it doesnt matter what you use it will all work

Insert dvd or usb boot change boot order then exit the pc will boot again you should see press any key to boot from dvd or cd///
if you have usb in there then it should boot in to it normal and take it from there

no need to be afraid at this point because you have already decided to do a clean install

good luck

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I cannot boot up at all. Get to the message 'sorry Windows did not start properly..." and cannot boot in to any modes at all, just keeps going round and round. I can change settings to boot from CD. Is it safe to buy a new copy of XP Pro or Vista and wipe disc for a reinstall?
Don't have original CD.

A:Cannot boot, safe to do clean install? XP Pro

Obviously you can shop for a new OS (Vista, XP). While you're doing it, you may try a live Linux CD (you should be able to read your hard drive from it).
Just in case, run a vendor's hd test utility to make sure it is ok. To prevent losing your OS in the future, use a partition imaging program (Acronis, Power Quest).

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so today i did a clean install of Windows on my laptop and all of a sudden after downloading and installing my drivers and programs windows starts going extremly slow causing me to force a shut down and when i re-booted it gave me the usual safe mode options and start windows normally and started windows normally and then i coauld not get past the starting windows until i get the blue screen and then it automatically tries lainching startup repair and couldn't even get in that as the screen stayed black until it finally got a windows screen and just froze and wouldn't do anything and then i had a bootable flash drive and tried to re-install Windows and it got on setup is starting and also had a bootable disk and that didn't work either what else can i do to get my computer working i ordered recovery disks, but i don't know if they are going to work as i am having these problems i did try running a memory test and it didn't show any problems what can i do to get it fixed thanks

A:Windows will not boot after clean install

Can you try that again with some punctuation, periods, sentences, capitalization, paragraphs, etc?

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ok this is the second time i've installed win7 ultimate to my pc, its the x64 version

ok the reason i had to reinstall it was due to after removing linux i corrupted my mbr and didn't have anything important so i just reformated my drive and reinstalled windows
my issue is after the installation, it reboots at windows is setting up for first use, or freezes on windows is starting and reboots, i've checked around and read i may have to rename pcmcia.sys to pcmcia.bak

however when i try that either a: the file can not be located or B: syntax error

now the file is there in the drivers directory.

i do wish to get windows up and running asap. (thank you all for those who help)

A:clean install (boot loop)

Hello zack d, welcome to Seven Forums!

As you have been fooling around with Linux you'll need to clean-up the mess; have a look at the info below; be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

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Read the tutorials but still not sure....aka...confused...want to use my new SSD Win 10 Pro 64bit upgrade clean install via Brink's USB tutorial (when done setting everything up) and would like possibility to be able to dual boot with/to my old Win 7 Pro 64 SSD in same box.

Can this be done this way and what's the way to get the bios to play nice with the two Windows SSD operating systems ?


A:Clean install Win 10 new ssd - can I use old SSd win 7 to dual boot

Do you have a second Product Key/license for the Windows 10? If you are just wanting to dual boot with the Windows 7 that you used to obtain the upgrade to Windows 10 with, it would be a violation of the EULA to do so.

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Hello, I have a problem with booting Windows 10 X64,  after installation with GPT, on a  HP 8200 Desktop, with 2 HDD in Raid 1.I have updated the firmware to the latest version v 02.29 . Until the update, Windows 10 x64 was installed in UEFI mode and worked ok. I tried to update the firmaware to the last version because i was unable to use WOL for starting up the PC.After disabling fast boot in windows and made different changes in BIOS, WOL turned on the PC but after the boot screen Windows doesn't loads ( a blinking cursor remains in left up corner and doesn't do anyhing). If i try to turn on the PC from the button Windows loads normaly. I recreated the RAID, and reinstall Windows with GPT. After the setup finishes, and the computer reboots, i have the problem that i haved when starting from WOL (a blinking cursor remains in left up corner and doesn't do anyhing). I'ved tried to reinstall Windows changing different settings in BIOS, but it still doesn't boot. I boot from Hiren with the miniXP and i saw the partitons and the content of C:\ and all seems to be ok.I installed Windows in MBR, and with MBR is working fine. I think is a problem with loading the UEFI boot from the RAID.Now i am unable to activate Windows because of "hardware changes" and I want to have Windows installed with GPT. Thanks  

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Hi All, I got this X240 from my old company, running a preinstalled Windows 7 Pro on 128Gb SSD. I wanted to upgrade the disk and bought a 240Gb SSD and a license for Windows 10. Mounted the disk, booted on a usb and did a clean install. No problems on the installation but when I reboot an error occours.. "Windows cannot start.." file..  \windows\system32\windload.exe. "status" 0xc000000f.. "the application or operation system couldn't loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors" I updated the BIOS and loaded defaults..and disabled "secure boot"  as i suspect this is where the problem is..What worries me is an entry on the main page of the BIOS.. "Preinstalled OS License" "0B98417 Pro" (I tried the installation on an X220.. no problem.. ) Any ideas, would be appreciated. Thanks.. / Michael   

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I'm sure this has been asked 100 times before but my computer randomly shuts itself down so I don't really have the time to look for it. I'm very sorry!

I need to reinstall Windows XP. I want to do a clean install. I have the disc and the reg code. What I don't have is the BOOT FROM DISC option!! How do I get it or how do I do it? I'm wicked frustrated and I just want my computer back to normal!! ARGGH

A:XP clean re-install, no boot from disc option.

Look in your BIOS , , set the first boot device to CD, second as Hard Drive. Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. T

he prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:


This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.


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Hello! I just did a clean install of W7 X64 Ultimate on a new SSD. All went well and it works fine. My issue is that when I boot, I am presented with the screen asking me which W7 I want to boot... two W7 options are listed.

I only have one W7 partition and would like to get rid of this option. How can I fix this?

Thanks for your help!

A:Clean install shows two W7 options at boot - how do I fix this?

No other HD's plugged in during install? Check Disk management if you're not sure.

You should be able to delete the ghost listing on msconfig>Boot tab.

If not, install EasyBCD 2.0 to remove it on Edit OS tab.

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Hi All

Another one...I just formatted my C-Drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 7 ultimate on it. After restart, I got the following screen - See image attached. Now Windows can't boot at all. I tried using a system repair disk but it doesn't work. I doubt if it is a hardware problem, since I can access the boot menu and its options, but as I said, running the repair disk fails, I keep on getting that screen when it restarts.

Any ideas? Can it be my MBR that is screwed? What options do I have available?

Thank you very much!

A:Windows 7 won't boot after format and clean install

Hi Dave,

Is this an OEM or Retail Windows 7? Have you tried rebooting a few times? Do any BIOS POST messages display during bootup, or does it proceed direcdtly to these characters?


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I tried to go back to Windows 7 from Windows 10. Then I decided I wanted to restore it to the way I originally had it set up when I first got it by using my Macrium Reflect disk image. I booted it with the PC version boot disk that Macrium Reflect created and started the process. After several minutes and 11% done, it gave me a Code 22 broken pipeline message and quit. Now I can't boot the laptop at all. I'm wondering if I can download and install Windows 10. I do still have my Windows 7 product key.

I'm having trouble downloading it as I only have my Mac to do it on and the download site keeps recognizing that it isn't the right OS.

Can this be done and if so, is there any way around the OS issue?


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First part of boot up is taking more than a mintues to get to login screen.
Any idea? Thanks in advance.

A:Win7 Boot up is slow after clean install

Disable everything in msconfig/startup except your firewall and a/v and see what kind of difference you see....

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Hi all, first post, so hoping I'm in the right place :/ ...

I'm literally pulling what hair I have left out with this, normally this is a routine task for me, but I'm well and truly stumped, so thought I'd ask a Windows 10 community ...

I have Windows 10 Education x64, I have had it for over 6 months now, and I've had no real problems. I solely use my C drive for the OS, and once in a while I like to format it and re-install Windows to keep things smooth. Given that the C drive only contains the OS, this is normally a pain and hassle free routine that doesn't take long at all ...

This time though, for whatever reason the PC locked up during the installation, it was stuck on 20% for over 6 hours, so with no option I had to shut the PC down and hope it would resume or start again .. which it didn't, and I now had a PC that wouldn't boot up, and given the ISO for my W10 was on another HDD I couldn't really do much ...

I grabbed my USB pen and using the MS Media Creation Tool on another PC, I was able to create a bootable USB pen with a W10 image. Back at my PC, I did the usual changing of the boot order, shoved the pen in and was able to successfully install W10 again ... but given that I didn't un-check a tick box on the Media Creation Tool, I now had installed the 32bit version of W10 and not the 64bit one that I wanted ...

Ok, no problem, so I'll just repeat what I've done again, but this time with a 64bit ISO, even better because now my PC boots up, I can just use the I... Read more

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I currently have 2 versions of XP installed, along with Ubuntu Meerkat. My main version of XP Home is installed on my main hard drive, partition C:. My secondary XP Home is installed on a 2nd Hard drive, partition G:. Ubuntu is installed on a separate partition on my 2nd hard drive (Drive H: hidden from Windows)

The current bootup, takes me first to Ubuntu's boot selection, with one being Windows. Selecting Windows then takes me to Windows boot which contains selections for each of my XP installs.

I would like to co a clean install of Windows 7, over my 2nd copy of XP Home on partition G:, where I would be able to select it on the dual boot, AFTER selecting the Windows bootup from the Ubuntu boot screen, as I currently do. After selecting the Windows selection from the Ubunbu boot screen, the Windows boot screen should then have my main XP and Windows 7 selections.

If I install Windows 7, clean install (Custom?), and then select partition G: to install it on (overlaying my 2nd XP), will this leave the current Ubuntu boot screen as is, and change my 2nd XP boot item to Windows 7?

A:Clean install over dual boot XP's with Ubuntu

No, all your OS installs will be messed up.

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I want to do a clean install of 7-Pro 32 upgrade into unpartitioned space on an XP machine, to dual-boot XP and W7. I've done that successfully on a notebook by booting off the upgrade DVD. Unfortunately on this desktop machine the BIOS will not recognize the boot block on the DVD.

If I run W7 setup from XP it does not give the option to create a new partition for the W7 installation, and IIRC, even if I used XP to create a new partition, the XP partition would appear as C: in the W7 installation, with the W7 partition being assigned a new drive letter (is this correct?).

Is there a way to force Setup to install W7 to a new partition as C: even if it is started under XP?

A:Do a clean install of 7-Pro 32 upgrade to dual boot with XP?

Quote: Originally Posted by kaborka

I want to do a clean install of 7-Pro 32 upgrade into unpartitioned space on an XP machine, to dual-boot XP and W7. I've done that successfully on a notebook by booting off the upgrade DVD. Unfortunately on this desktop machine the BIOS will not recognize the boot block on the DVD.

If I run W7 setup from XP it does not give the option to create a new partition for the W7 installation, and IIRC, even if I used XP to create a new partition, the XP partition would appear as C: in the W7 installation, with the W7 partition being assigned a new drive letter (is this correct?).

Is there a way to force Setup to install W7 to a new partition as C: even if it is started under XP?

First when installing win 7 you dont run it from within XP. In XP it cant make the new partition label C:\ because XP is already using it.

Boot from the win 7 DVD (not restore dvd) and win 7 will create a partition, put the boot files and folders where they belong and install win 7 as dual boot.
Let us know when you are ready to do it if you need help

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Hi All,
I'm planning on doing my first clean Windows 7 install. My laptop came with RAID built in, and I want to get rid of it as part of the clean install. I'm not sure how to go about that.

Also, my laptop has a 500GB HDD and a 32GB SSD. Windows is installed in such a way that it boots from the SSD and so starts extremely quickly. I'm guessing that that requires some extra configuration during the clean install.

Lastly, I have a UEFI motherboard, and I was wondering if the install process when doing a clean install using UEFI is different from a normal clean install.
Thanks for your answers in advance!

A:Remove RAID when doing clean install of W7, Boot from SSD

What type of RAID do you have? Is this MSATA? If so follow these special steps to Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums.

In addition look over the steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which compile everything that works best to get and keep a perfect install based on tens of thousands we've directly helped do here.

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I bought a new 250 GB SSD and wanted to perform a clean install of windows 10. I installed windows from a USB stick and all seemed to go well until installation finished and I attempted to reboot removing the usb stick after first changing bios to boot from SSD. It wont boot from SSD without the memory stick in. When I look at the drive in disc management its showing as follows;

volume -layout - type - file system. - status capacity free space %FREE
- simple basic - Healthy (RECOVERY partition) 450 MB 50 MB 100%

- simple basic - Healthy (EFI SYSTEM partition ) 99MB 99MB 100%

(C simple basic NTFS Healthy (Boot, page file, crash dump, primary partition,)232.33GB 207.03GB 89%

ESD-USB(D simple basic FAT32 Healthy (Active, primary partition) 14.54GB 10.43GB 72%

I think some installation files have been left on the memory stick but not sure which ones are needed, I may be wrong.
It boots well with usb in but once removed and bios pointed to start from ssd it tells me to insert media and hit any key to continue as if it cant find system on ssd. Windows files are on there and I did install it to ssd but don't know what else to do from here.
Please can someone help.

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Hi to all! First Post here, hope to be helpful and receive nice info as well.
Well, after my 2nd HDD died I performed a format on my first one (which was working), and installed WinXP SP2. The thing is, that even in the very first boot after installation, and before the XP logo and loading bar appears, I get a black screen for 20 secs, and then at the bottom of the screen I get the oldschool loading bar in ASCII without any accompanying text/info (E.g loading windows...). This takes more than 5 minutes to complete. I get the logo afterwards and everything goes smoothly afterwards. I get this all the time, after a restart as well. Hibernation though runs fine.
I formatted the HDD 5 times allready, installed Windows again and again, but still, this remains. Even on the cleanest possible situation. I guess this is hardware conflict, although it has never happened before. I tried to disable all LAN activity through BIOS, I unplugged all IDE devices but still. Checkdisk shows no problems, and all devices seem to be properly working through device manager. I even ran some diagnostics/benhmarks on my HDD through NVIDIA's Nforce soft, and I get nothing strange. I also cleared the prefetch folder with X-Setup. I ran CCleaner as well, even though the system was still in the cleansest possible situation, after formating and installing windows. Any tips or help would be appreciated, this is the first time I see this bug, and no friend of mine can help, as they have never faced this... Read more

A:XP huge boot time after clean Install

Well personally haven't come across this either....so are you saying after new install with SP2....so have you tried without SP2 to see if that could be something to do with it.

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I'm trying to install a clean copy of Windows XP. I did a slow format of the drive. It got through the initial file copy stage just fine. When the machine reboot to go into the GUI portion of the set up, I got a BSOD - "Unmountable Boot Volume".

I ran chkdsk /p, and it said that the drive had some bad sectors. I then ran chkdsk /r to fix the sectors.

I restarted the machine and booted from the XP install CD again. I deleted the partition and created a new one, then did another slow format. This time, the machine got into the GUI, but hung at 39 minutes for about an hour.

I formatted again and tried to start over, but got the Unmountable Boot Volume error again.

Here is my system setup:
Mobo - MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V
RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
HDD - Western Digital Caviar 200GB IDE (unsure of model, i'll update when I get home)
Optical - IDE Optical Drive (unsure of model, i'll update when I get home)

These were the only devices that were connected at the time.

Here is some more background to my problem. A few months ago, a working rig started blue screening with "IRQ less than or equal" errors and another that I don't remember right now.

I tested the RAM and did a burn in on the CPU and both came out fine. I figured it was the motherboard, so I started saving for a new one (the MSI above). This bo... Read more

A:Win XP - Unmountable Boot Volume - Clean Install

Xp Is fussy about the media surface, if at all flaky it will kick up. I have got past this by creating two partitions. The 1st at 15 gig with Xp installed and the 2nd the remainder. The particular Hard drive is still going 3 yrs on.

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hi all can any1 help me? i have a emachine 370 on xp home. it wont let me boot from cd on startup to do a clean install. also wont start in safe mode. it loads drivers in any mode then stops, does a click sound and starts again. cant even get past windows welcome screen. box appears saying explorer.exe insert disk in drive A, so i tried to boot from cd. in bios set boot from cd as first. wont give me cd boot option. when it starts up i cant get into desktop at all. plz help me thanx

A:em achine wont do boot up or clean install

Not really, :) Check the CD.. If the cd is scratched it wont boot anyway, try booting a different disc

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Hi I have a older VAIO? Desktop Computer PCV-RS720G originally win XP. I have reinstalled win 7 a couple of times in the last 5 or 6 years with no

problems. Recently my sys was corrupted. So I decided to do a clean install. Prior to doing a "clean all" on the hd. I did many tests

chkdsk/f/r,sfc/scannow,startup repair in safe mode,boot.exe/fixboot,boot.exe/fixmbr etc.. So now I have a hd that I did a "clean all" on and win 7 install

disc. Boot in bios is set to 1. pioneer dvd-rw 2. floppy 3. hd. The pioneer dvd-rw worked Prior to clean all. Win 7 install disc tested on older acer win 7

laptop comes up to black screen with "Press any key to boot disk". When I put Win 7 install disc in the dvd-rw in the VAIO Desktop it shows the VAIO

logo then intel logo then black screen with the following "boot and select boot device. Insert media in selected device and press any key". Boot order in

bios should be good. I try it again the dvd makes a clicking noise 5 or 6 times (wont spin up) then floppy light goes on then computer just runs? In the

black screen "boot and select boot device. Insert media in selected device and press any key" there is no way to enter a command. Not sure what to do

from here. Any advise would be much appreciated THX frog88

A:install win 7 wont boot from disk with clean hd

You're probably going to need to boot something externally that will let you see the partitions on the hard-drive and mark Active the partition that Windows 7 uses to boot. It's either going to be System Reserved [or something very close to that name] or it's going to be what many call "C drive" which is really C partition.

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I have a Pavilion dv7 with Windows 10 on it.
It is Sooooooooo slow to fully boot (182 seconds according to Trend Micro).
System specs:
Win 10 Home v1511 
OS Build 10586.104
Processor: Intel i7 Q720 @ 1.6Ghz
64-bit on x64-based processor
2xWDC WD7500KPVT 750Gb HDDs
Startup is showing:
Adobe Gamma Loader
Catalyst Control Center Launcher (x3)
Microsoft OneDrive
Platinum user session agent (Trend Micro)
Synaptics Touchpad Enhancements (x4)
Trend Micro Client Session Agent Monitor.
Everything just takes heaps of time to open up.
For instance: In task manager, I just tried to "Open Resource Monitor" and it took about a minute to open with nothing but one spike about 25% CPU. Opening it again and it takes less than a second.
Please help

A:Windows 10 clean install very slow boot

Actual timings (after disabling Catalyst CC, OneDrive and Touchpad):
48 seconds to the windows 10 "picture" that I need to click on to login
35 seconds until desktop appears (blank taskbar)
14 seconds until taskbar populated with calc and chrome (I click on calc and then chrome)
9 seconds until calc appears but is just a black box
5 seconds buttons appear on calc
36 seconds until blank chrome windows appears
8 seconds until homepage (google) appears
02:35.50 total

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