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Clean Vista Install. Machine Boots, But Doesn't 'Restart.'

Q: Clean Vista Install. Machine Boots, But Doesn't 'Restart.'

Hello,

I've recently erased & reformated my brother's Notebook, & put a clean install of Vista on the machine (the disk which came w/the computer). I went to the mfg'er's website (Gateway) & updated all of it's driver's. Now when i update Vista & allow the machine to restart, it idles without loading any drivers. It simply stays there w/a black screen. Also, MSCONFIG refuses to save any of the changes i make to it.

The notebook is in great condition. Was wondering if anyone knew of something beyond a workaround? I would my brother to be using this w/Vista automatically updating itself (aka restarting without issue).
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I really do appreciate it greatly.
Specs of the machine in case it matters -

Gateway ML3108b Notebook

Processor:
AMD Sempron? Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport? technology @ up to 1600MHz)

Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista? Home Basic

Display:
14.1" widescreen Ultrabright? WXGA TFT (1280 ? 800)

Chipset:
NVIDIA? C51MV

Memory:
1Gig of Corsair 800MHz DDR2 (1 x 1Gig), upgraded from 512MB 667MHz DDR2 (1 ? 512MB) .

Hard Drive:
60GB 4200rpm PATA hard drive

Optical Drive:
8x multiformat dual-layer DVD?RW

Video:
NVIDIA? GeForce? Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache?

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Preferred Solution: Clean Vista Install. Machine Boots, But Doesn't 'Restart.'

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Clean Vista Install. Machine Boots, But Doesn't 'Restart.'

Hello,I've recently erased & reformated my brother's Notebook, & put a clean install of Vista on the machine (the disk which came w/the computer). I went to the mfg'er's website (Gateway) & updated all of it's driver's. Now when i update Vista & allow the machine to restart, it idles without loading any drivers. It simply stays there w/a black screen. Also, MSCONFIG refuses to save any of the changes i make to it.The notebook is in great condition. Was wondering if anyone knew of something beyond a workaround? I would my brother to be using this w/Vista automatically updating itself (aka restarting without issue).Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I really do appreciate it greatly.Specs of the machine in case it matters - Gateway ML3108b NotebookProcessor: AMD Sempron? Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport? technology @ up to 1600MHz) Operating System:Genuine Windows Vista? Home BasicDisplay:14.1" widescreen Ultrabright? WXGA TFT (1280 ? 800) Chipset:NVIDIA? C51MV Memory: 1Gig of Corsair 800MHz DDR2 (1 x 1Gig), upgraded from 512MB 667MHz DDR2 (1 ? 512MB) .Hard Drive: 60GB 4200rpm PATA hard driveOptical Drive:8x multiformat dual-layer DVD?RW Video: NVIDIA? GeForce? Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache?it's Called a "Black Screen of Death", just like a "Blue Screen of Death" this is common for some Vista systems. It Might be required to update the bios to fix the problem. Have you tried downloading the bios updates from Gateway??

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I want to do a clean install on a dell vista 32 bit machine. Can that be done, I do not have any drivers for the dell? Should I do an upgrade instead?

A:Clean Win 7 install on Dell Vista Machine

Welcome to the forum. You need first to goto dell site put in you tag number and see if drivers are there for win7 if so download them to a usb or simliar then you can boot win7 dvd delete all paritions and let windows create new ones and then if needed you have drivers to hand it should all work as long as there are drivers

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I currently have vista 32 and ordered a full version of windows 7 professional sp1 64-bit. The disk that came in the mail says "Reinstallation dvd windows 7 professional sp1 64 bit". Will this Reinstallation DVD allow me to do a clean install of windows 7 64-bit on my computer?

A:Clean install of windows 7 professional 64 bit from Vista machine

Hello Tn4Bama, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, that DVD will allow you to do a clean install with it.Clean Install Windows 7
Of course, to be able to install a 64-bit Windows 7, your computer will also need to meet at least the minimum requirements below:1 GHz 64-bit processor
2 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 7 (recommend at least 4 GB)
20 GB available hard disk space (recommend at least 60 GB)
It would also be a good idea to make sure that you have 64-bit Windows 7 drivers available for all of your devices, and to have them downloaded and ready to install after Windows is finished installing.


Hope this helps,
Shawn

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So I had Vista previously installed on this computer and it eventually got too buggy, so I'm doing a clean install. Initially I went with the quick format and install route, which worked, but one of the Windows updates hung up on install and I had to force a restart. As you can guess things quickly went sour, so I had to try to re-install it again. No luck... the Windows installation could not find my HDD, which is a striped array (two drives). In my boot sequence it shows a healthy striped array, as usual, but not when installing Windows.

I decided to take the next step and totally wipe my drives, a 12 hour process with DBAN, which was successful. But this was to no avail... "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation."

I'm lost as to what to try next. I did go into BIOS and change my RAID setting to IDE and upon my next install attempt it showed both drives, but I want my striped array...

A:Vista clean install: doesn't see HDD

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Make and model number of your RAID card?

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I am trying to install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 on my new vista x64 laptop but the installer fails at the prerequisites

I have tried with different versions of the media (ALL from our work MSDN subscription DVDs ... not downloaded is what I am highlighting here)

I have unticked the .net 3.0 thing in the windows components.

I have exited the vista sidebar before installing

Interesteingly C# Express goes on just fine which would be enough for me but I really like using Resharper and It doesn't work with express

Here is the installer error log






01/27/09,18:17:48] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 64bit Prerequisites (x64): [2] g:\setup\..\wcu\64bitprereq\x64\vs_bsln.exe could not be unpackaged because it is not a cabinet. [01/27/09,18:17:49] setup.exe: [2] ISetupComponent::Pre/Post/Install() failed in ISetupManager::InternalInstallManager() with HRESULT -2147467259. [01/27/09,18:17:49] VS70pgui: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 64bit Prerequisites (x64) is not installed. [01/27/09,18:17:50] VS70pgui: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 was not attempted to be installed. [01/27/09,18:17:50] VS70pgui: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft Visual Studio Web Authoring Component was not attempted to be installed. [01/27/09,18:17:50] VS70pgui: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite - ENU was not attempted to be installed. [01/27/09,18:17:50] VS70pgui: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET ... Read more

A:Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 doesn't install on clean Vista Home Premium 64bit

Hi!!

Is your windows update on?? If not start it thru services.msc

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Additional info: Running Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium 1.7GHz, 8 GB RAM laptop

I just did a clean re-install of Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium on my laptop. Everything seems to be working okay, except now I feel that it's taking longer than before to start up Windows. The windows orb would appear, it will goes blank (for a minute or 2), after that then it loads my desktop screen.

Does that seems like a normal boot up time for Windows 7? I do not know the exact boot up time as of now, but I will try to time it down so I'd know how long exactly it takes to boot up Windows 7.

Meanwhile, any suggestions to determine if there's something wrong with my laptop?

Thank you in advance.
 

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I did a clean install of windows 10 on my spectre x360, (also on a new ssd), now it only boots when legacy support is enabled, when i disable it it says that theres no os on my hard disk, how can i fix this?

A:Did a clean windows install, now only boots when legacy supp...

Hi, Hold down the Windows key and press R Into the Run window, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. In Device Manager, expand Disk drives, right click the ssd and select Properties - select the Volumes tab and then click the 'Populate' button. What is listed as the Partition style? Regards, DP-K

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FIXED UPDATE!! Reset the bios and that fixed everything. Apparently "I didn't do anything except run F9 diagnostics" (said the culprit friend) meant they went in the bios and fiddled around but failed to mention it or they had no idea what they did. That'll teach me not to trust that statement...
 
Slow to a crawl to start up, 20 minutes later when finally at desktop the CPU is running at 100%. The ONLY way to get it to desktop without problems is to put in a copy of Hirens boot disk and choose the first option which is "boot from hard drive". This goes right to desktop as if nothing is wrong, perfect CPU, everything in startup is on including services, NOT one problem!
 
HP Pavilion Media Center m8400f
- This computer originally came with Vista but had been upgraded to Win 7 ultimate with no issues.
- Has Trend titanium maximum security installed on it, seemed to be working fine also before issues started.
 
Friend claims they opened it up to vacuum it, did nothing wrong. Closed it up turned it on, had an error. They then panicked and shut it off (without writing down or taking a pic of error) turned it back on and it ran slow, claimed they ran "F9 diagnostics",  then brought it to me. Now I am trying to figure out what the hell happened. Here is what has been done.
As I stated you have to use Hirens boot disk to get to desktop to do anything, once there you can remove it and go about your business. If you restart it with the disk out it all goes to crap... Read more

A:Win 7 Ultimate, Boots slowly, CPU 100%, Still slow on clean install

With all due respect...I suggest that you take this system to a reliable computer shop .
 
A system where an O/S cannot be installed...and which dates to 2008...could have many contributors to problems, all of which would (obviously) be of hardware origin.
 
What is the source of your Win 7 Ultimate...on a system designed for Vista?  Do you have a valid license to install Win 7 Ultimate?
 
Louis

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I have clean installed windows 7 ultimate 64 several times on my HP Pavilion DV6, and no matter what it always boots into safe mode w/o networking. I have brought up the boot options, selected start windows normally, and it still boots into safe mode. does anyone have any idea how to get it to boot normally? Thanks

A:windows 7 boots into safe mode after clean install no matter what i do

This may help.
Make sure their is no check mark in Safe Mode.

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Daughter brought her HP DV9500 (Vista 32bit). Very suspicious of malware. If I check the BIOS, it does not see the hard drive (nor does that option appear in the boot menu). However, if you boot the machine, it will load Vista and allow you to log in. After about 10-30 seconds usage, the keyboard and mouse buttons freeze and what was on the screen still remains with that bloody awful circle going round and round. Now the mouse will still move across the screen via the touchpad or a usb mouse but the keyboard is dead as are the mouse buttons.I can boot parted magic on UBCD and access all the files on the C: drive (one physical, three partitions including a recovery partition - how it came from the factory) and run all day long. Disk diagnostics on UBCD show the hard drive is present and no errors. However, the bios diagnostic says replace the hard drive.I've rebuilt the BCD using Microsofts bootrec to no avail.I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc. and then I'll try restoring the OS from the recovery partition.I should mention that I ran an older Linux bootable version of Avira (dated Sept 2009) and it noted multiple occurrences of html/infected.webpage.gen as well as two other (going to try to recover the names from the Avira logfile).Thanks in advance.AJG

A:Help please laptop bios doesn't see HD but vista still boots

I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc.No need to bother trying to get Windows to work well enough: Simply retrieve copies of the files that you want, to a USB-connected external hard drive using a Linux operating system run from a bootable CD/DVD or USB flashdrive.f your computer is not able to boot into Windows or simply not able to access the internet, you can use a LIVE Linux operating system run from a bootable CD or flashdrive instead of Windows, to access the internet, to access files on the HDD(s) and do other tasks. Using a working computer:If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
Puppy Linux (smallest download file size at 128 MB)Linux Mint 12 Lisa (versions for a CD, and larger versions that need to be burned to a DVD disk)[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...Download and install ImgBurn.Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.Choose Write image file to disc.
Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.Click [*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will ... Read more

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I purchased a new computer with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. I read that it's recommended re-installs the operating system after receiving a new computer from the factory. Is this something I should do? What's the reasons/benefits for doing this?

A:Clean install on new machine

The rational behind this idea is to get an install that does not contain all the bloatware/foistware/garbageware/crapware many large box manufacturers preload on computers. In most cases, to do so you need to buy a retail version of Windows 7 that is the same or better then the version installed on your computer and do a Clean install which wipes out everything already installed, including any programs you may have actually wanted to use.

A much cheaper method is to remove the installed junk. One program that helps do this is PC Decrapifier. It works with all versions of Windows 7, Vista and XP.

After that it's a matter of looking at what is installed and what you will actually use. If you're not sure, post back here with any questions and someone will be glad to help.

You should also consider removing Norton (Symantec) Anti-virus or McAfee Anti-virus and replacing it with Microsoft Security Essentials which is a good, free AV program that does not have a big, negative impact on system performance. That along with the Firewall that comes with Windows 7 gives you decent protection.

The copies of Norton and McAfee are typically 3 month trial versions and at the end of that time you have to buy them. I have no objection to buying software but in this case I don't see the need to do so.

Many times there is a trial version of Microsoft Office that expires right after you get used to using it and then have to buy if you want to continue using it. Oracel Open Office is a goo... Read more

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Last year I built a new computer (ASUS Z87-Pro), andinstalled Windows 8 Pro 64 bit with an OEM DVD purchased online. Then upgraded to 8.1 Pro via the MicrosoftStore, and later purchased and installed Windows Media Center. The original Win 8 installation was done inlegacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI. I nowwant to do a clean install in UEFI mode. I of course have the original Win 8 Pro product key, and also haveextracted the current product key from the registry using one of the manydownloadable tools. Neither the currentor original key is embedded in the BIOS.
I would like to avoid reinstalling the original Win 8 Pro,and upgrading through the store. What Iwould really like to do is download Win 8.1 Pro Update 1 64 bit iso fromsomewhere, and burn it to a DVD. Canthis be done with the product keys I have, and what would be the product keyand activation steps? Where would I findthe download?
Thanks for the help

A:Clean install 8.1 64 bit on homebuilt machine with OEM key

edit:

How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key? -> link

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Clean install of W10 not possible in Virtual Machine it won't activate. I just thought I would report one of my testings.

I installed windows 7 retail in the virtual machine and it activated. I upgraded to windows 10 and it activated. I did a clean install of windows 10 and it didn't activate and it says specific product key has been blocked. I guess the only way to run windows 10 in a virtual machine is to upgrade from windows 7 retail. Clean install feature won't work in a virtual machine
(It still might be possible if you are in the insider program or if your purchased windows 10 outright this was not tested)

A:Clean install of W10 not possible in Virtual Machine.

I have tested it and presently have two 10 clean install VMs lacking activation of course. But then the XP Mode only saw a 90 day period of use when made available for Windows 7. Updates and the prompt to "Trust this network" was just seen on one 10 x64 Pro VM where it restored the home page but expect it to last another two weeks at best?!

As for paid subscribers to MS TechNet who have MSDN or MS Developers Network keys available those serve developer builds for things while the 10240 is strictly RTM. And since you can't generate any physical hardware profile on a VM there's no Profile ID to activate 10 to! It's a Catch 22!

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Folks,

I've borked my W7 install. Don't ask how: it takes skillz. Anyhow, rather than reinstalling W7, I figured this is the perfect time to perform a clean install of W10. I've found the thread, I've created a USB install stick. Before I take the plunge, I'd like to know what to backup, etc., and how to import it.

I can use Macrium to get a mostly functioning W7. Doing that, I've exported the following onto a spare drive:

1. IE11 bookmarks and cookies.
2. Windows Live Mail accounts, contacts, and emails.
3. Documents and photos I want to keep.
4. Various savegame files. Just because.
5. Screenshots of my Control Panel>Add/Remove Program lists, so I can reference what I had installed.

Certain software requires un-licensing so an activation isn't used up. Other software (Microsoft Office 2013, I'm looking at you!) hides its key. I'll try to pry out all those items and save them to the same spare drive.

Having learned a few lessons about User Profile locations, imaging, and the need to keep Windows happy, I'll plan on just having a single drive (an SSD) physically plugged in during the install. Then, I'll use the spare drive to copy files, as needed, after W10 is running.

Is there something obvious I'm missing?
Is there a better way to prep an old rig for a new OS?

Thanks,
Ken

A:Clean install W10 on an old machine: what/how to prep?

Don't forget, with Macrium Reflect you can mount the image file you created and then pull individual files/folders from it if you need to. You are not limited to only restoring the entire image.

If you want a completely clean install, boot from the Window 10 USB, select the custom install option, delete all the partitions on the SSD and just install to the unallocated space.

If you have not had Windows 10 on that computer before, don't forget to have a method available to activate Windows 10 after installing. I prefer to run gatherosstate.exe and save the genuineticket.xml as a backup just in case entering a Windows 7/8/8.1 product key fails to activate.

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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I don't have the serial number for windows, but will Win 10 Pro pick it up from the bios chip on the motherboard if I do a clean install?

Dell optiplex, forgot which model, but its a new small tower i5. 8GB ram

A:Can I do a clean install of Windows 10 Pro on a Dell machine that came with 7 Pro?

You can first do an "in-place" install, no serial number or key needed. Your computer will get a "digital entitlement" for Windows 10. Afterwards, you can do a clean install.
Also, you could follow this route: Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First, 
www.tenforums.com/.../23354-clean-install-windows-10-directly-without-having-upgrade-first.html.

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I had to use kill disk to get rid of a virus.Wiped the whole drive.I used the simple one pass,where it makes all 0s.Should I have selected the US_DOS method?I can restart from safe just fine.
During install,when it goes through the final process"windows is finishing installation".Screen shutsoff when it attempts to restart.But thats all that happens.After 20mins I decided to hold the power button to shutoff and startup.Ridiculous.
Maybe this will help to.My bios is simple,It shows a "DOS" and "other" option somewhere.I didn't change it because I don't know what it would do.Also when I change the boot options to cd/dvd 1st,it will not boot automatically still.It will say please press any key to boot from cd for about 3-5secs.
I have ran the repair windows,but it finds nothing wrong.I thought maybe the disc was scratched in a bad spot,but it still looks new.My friend let me test it on his compaq CQ56.It installed and restarted just fine.
I have ran chkdsk and ran diagnostics on my HD,it is fine...no problems at all.
If I hold esc on boot it says:
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed.What does that mean?I seen no options in my bios about that.

A:No restart since clean install,what am I doing wrong?

Hello greenwizard.


Have a look through the information below, running the clean command then using the installer to create the partition(s) for the install may help and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.




   Information

If there's anything you need to recover from the Hard Disk Drive have a look at the information in this tutorial linked below on how best to copy out that data to external media. How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

If not I suggest you run the clean command to over-write the Hard Disk Drive MBR and start the installation again from scratch.

1) To rule out HDD Master Boot Record format errors, boot the Windows 7 installation media to diskpart and run the clean command, it takes only seconds to complete; once the clean finishes, exit diskpart and use the Windows 7 installer to create and format a single 100GB partition for the installation.

If that doesn't work, after another clean, use diskpart to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to see if that works, use Step Two #2 in the SSD/HDD tutorial for reference.

You can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

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I bought a version of Win 7 home premium. My plan was to install on a XP machine. I saved everything important on outboard drive. The disc comes with a clean install. I got the error for the machine exception on either way to install -booted off the cd or using the setup.exe

I have a Gigabyte GA-k8u-939, an AMD 4600+ and 4 gig of memory that have worked fine with XP. Microsoft is telling me, after an hour and half on the phone, that it's memory board related. I did a search and found Memtest86 and are waiting for it's result. As a gut feeling I don't think it's the memory. I've checked and I have the most up to date bios for this board

I'm just curious if anyone has sen this before

Thanks
 

A:machine exception check- when installing win 7 as a clean install

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I'm going to be rebuilding my wife's Dell Inspiron's Win7 installation because it is just dragging hopelessly (cursor can spin for 5 seconds upon right click of item in Windows Explorer). It will also be an opportunity to blow away all the cruft from the original Dell-supplied software that we never use!

This will take a while, and I'd like to minimize the down time for her.

Can I do the install (including drivers, etc.) on an external drive connected to my Win7 machine and then just image the result over to her boot drive (after suitable backups, of course!)?

A second question: I'm thinking of installing an SSD to speed things up for her, using a hard drive as the backup drive. What kind of capacity do I need to fit all of Win7 easily? Is 64GB enough, or do I need a 128GB to make sure there's enough room for apps on the SSD?

Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Clean install Win7 on external drive on different machine?

1. Installing on another system is possible but iffy. I would not do it. The little time you gain you may lose 10 times in trouble shooting.

2. I run all 3 of my desktops with 64GB SSDs (one since 4 years). But I would recommend 128GB. The price difference is not big. It gives you a bit more room - e.g. if you also want to run a virtual system. I am now upgrading this system to 240GB for that reason. I run Windows 8, Mint and Zorin in virtual on a Windows 7 host.

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Hi guys,

This is hopefully a simple one to answer:

If I set up a brand new Windows 10 VM (using VirtualBox) and perform a clean install of Win 10 Pro 64-bit (via the latest 1511 ISO image), at what stage will I need to activate Windows? Bearing in mind that this is a clean system and has had no previous Windows version installed.

Do I need a valid license key, or can I used the 'generic' key, (ie: QJ*XR-YD*7Q-K7*H4-RY*Q8-6M*6Y) which is floating around?

Previously (prior to 1511) on my 'real' systems, I installed an earlier version (8.1) of Windows, then performed the upgrade, after which I was able to do a clean install and Windows was activated, as expected.

Is my understanding of "free" Windows 10 incorrect? Do I still need a valid Windows key to perform an install?

Cheers,

Mike.

A:Clean Install on Virtual Machine - fundamental question...

Hello Mike,

Sorry, but you are mistaken.

The free Windows 10 is only an offer for a free upgrade to Windows 10 to replace an activated Windows 7 or 8 PC.

The generic key for Windows 10 is only good to install Windows 10 with. It will not activate Window 10.

If you don't have a valid key to activate with, or upgrade from a valid Window 7/8, then you'll need to purchase Windows 10.

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Hi guys,

This is hopefully a simple one to answer:

If I set up a brand new Windows 10 VM (using VirtualBox) and perform a clean install of Win 10 Pro 64-bit (via the latest 1511 ISO image), at what stage will I need to activate Windows? Bearing in mind that this is a clean system and has had no previous Windows version installed.

Do I need a valid license key, or can I used the 'generic' key, (ie: QJ*XR-YD*7Q-K7*H4-RY*Q8-6M*6Y) which is floating around?

Previously (prior to 1511) on my 'real' systems, I installed an earlier version (8.1) of Windows, then performed the upgrade, after which I was able to do a clean install and Windows was activated, as expected.

Is my understanding of "free" Windows 10 incorrect? Do I still need a valid Windows key to perform an install?

Cheers,

Mike.

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I bought a version of Win 7 home premium. My plan was to install on a XP machine. I saved everything important on outboard drive. The disc comes with a clean install. I got the error for the machine exception on either way to install -booted off the cd or using the setup.exe

I have a Gigabyte GA-k8u-939, an AMD 4600+ and 4 gig of memory that have worked fine with XP. Microsoft is telling me, after an hour and half on the phone, that it's memory board related. I did a search and found Memtest86 and are waiting for it's result. As a gut feeling I don't think it's the memory. I've checked and I have the most up to date bios for this board

I'm just curious if anyone has sen this before

Thanks
 

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How best to do this? I don't have a re-install disk (or original restore partition).

I tried re-installing with a bootleg XPPro disk, and using the legitimate COA from the machine bottom, but it didn't go.

Fortunately, the diskimage of the original install transferred BACK from an imaged partition, but I still need to clean this install somehow, if I can't re-install.

Help?
 

A:Strip/clean XP Pro to sell this machine; no install disk...

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Hi,

Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

A:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?

Hi,

The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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I have had the exact same result with Win7 final RC as well as Win7 Ultimate install attempts. The hardware is brand new Asus 785 Chipset mother board (Kit from AMD/Microsoft Seminar with Win 7 Ultimate NFR) with AMD Phenom II x4.  I've got Win XP 64bit running just fine on this system using  another HD  as a test of the entire system. Only a single hard drive is connected during the testing and install.  DVD boots up fine and begins to intall Win 7 64bit. Then when it attempts very first re-boot during the installation it hangs. I've swapped out hard drives -with no change in outcome.  There is no question that the motherboard, RAM, DVD drive etc. are all working fine. This must be some weird compatibility problem.  I have attempted the installation 3 times with Win 7RC and with the working final release of  Win 7 Ultimate  4 times -with the same hangup on the first re-boot. R The hard drives are partitioned and formatted with Acronis Disk Director -is this the source of the problem?   I've been so disgusted by wasting so much time I have not done anything more for over 2 weeks now. In my 15 plus years of building and repairing PC's I have not seen anything like this (except possibly during the earliest days of DOS to Windows transition). These are my next steps: I can try to have Win7 format the partition. In case this is a 64bit problem,  I can try to install Win7 32 bit -but I am building 64 bit machines w 8Gb RAM so even if this works, it's not something ... Read more

A:Windows 7 does not boot from first restart during clean install

Problem is solved. I found the answer on another forum from a posting by WHEST: http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/34790-windows-7-cannot-see-hard-drive-during-installation.html
  Relevant answer is here:

Firstly, if you have it set in the bios to boot from the cd/dvdrom it can cause installation to loop after the first reboot, as it restarts installation and loops - to fix you remove the install dvd during reboot, or go into the bios and reset it to boot from the hard drive first - so you need to remove the dvd while its rebooting quickly - you have 15 secs to do so before it restarts if you don't hit a key, or go into the bios, and reset it to boot from the hard drive. You have to be watching the last part of the install and be ready to pull the DVD out.  I also hit the Del key so I could reset the BIOS Boot setting. For all other Win OS I have set CD/DVD to be the first boot device followed by the HD, but of course the Geniuses at Microsoft had to screw this up and create headaches for some of us.  Logic and prior experience will not have helped you figure this one out. Keep in mind that it is helpful to assume that MS has done something really dumb. Then you will be on the right track. I consider this a first class BUG. Will Microsoft pay me for the 8 hrs I wasted trying to solve this ridiculous stupidity? I doubt it. So, it seems to me that when you install Win7 you must not have DVD as your first BOOT device, and simply hit F12 (on most hardware) in o... Read more

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Hi - first I apologize for the lengthy explanation!

My problem started after a user complained her laptop was starting up on its own after she shut down. I tried myself and she was right - when selecting shutdown from the start menu the computer *looked* like it had shutdown, but the power button and lights on the front stayed lit. After about 10-15 minutes it started up with a BSOD for DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE STOP: 0x0000009F.

I have had this same BSOD on other employee laptops so i tried uninstalling the driver that i thought was the culprit on those machines. They are all DELL Vostro 3450's, running a clean install of Win 7 enterprise. Didn't help so I went to the Dell support page and tried to download and install the recommended updates for my support number. One of them was the BIOS - I ran the install for that and after restarting the system it would not recognize the network adapter (not even a node for it in device manager).

Was on the phone for 2 hours this morning with dell - managed to get the wireless network working after going into BIOS and setting all to factory default. However - the laptop still would not shutdown! She had me run hardware diagnostics and everything is fine so she said this is a windows issue, and I should try a clean install.

So I ran a clean install from my win7 enterprise software assurance disk (btw couldn't use this disk via recovery - something about bad product key so had to run from disk).
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A:Laptop will not shutdown or restart - clean install no help

Also forgot to mention - before I reinstalled windows I tried to do a system restore that failed.

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Hello

Have run into a problem. I can't connect to the internet on my desktop computer. Everything was fine untill 3 days ago. Now when I click the 'safely remove hardware' button in the system tray and click on the USB ADSL WAN Adaptor, the computer immediately shuts down and restarts.
Also when I went to uninstall the modem software it also shut down.

Perhaps a drastic measure but I have just formatted and reinstalled windows XP SP2.
After loading the chipset drivers I loaded the modem software.
Still no luck with connecting to the internet and when I click to safely remove the modem the computer is still shutting down, although it is now letting me uninstall the modem software.

Anyone got any ideas whats going on or how to rectify the problem?

I should also say that I am able to plug the modem into my laptop and connect without a problem.

Any help much appreciated
 

A:Clean install,no internet, remove usb causes restart

Removing the USB modem shuts down the PC, that is strange.

Just as an idea, can you connect the modem via Ethernet cable instead of USB ?
Ethernet is the preferred way to connect to the ADSL modem anyway.

This problem with the ADSL modem sounds like a driver error, either with the modem or USB on your PC; I'd remove both from device manager and start again (install drivers)
Note: removing the USB drivers from your device manager may stop other USB devices from working (ie mouse keyboard) until restart
 

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Hi there, my first post here and hoping some knowledgable people will be able to help me with my problem.

EDIT: May well be fixed, manually booted onto my second hard drive and it booted fine. Must've accidentally installed OS onto that one instead. I'll change the BIOS order and it should all be good.

Back-story
So I obtained the official Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit iso from the microsoft website, burned it onto a USB flash drive and performed the clean install onto my laptop. Whilst doing this I deleted the partition which had all the dell drivers and utilities etc on, no biggy I thought since I have that installation disc anyway.

Anyway the clean install worked fine, booted to the desktop at which point I noticed I didn't have the tools needed to connect to Wi-Fi so I used the dell drivers/utilities installation disc to install the necessary things. At this point I restarted the laptop.

The Problem
Now after the restart, the initial screen appears with the usual "F2 for setup, F12 for boot options" prompt. After this it turns to a black screen with _ flashing in the upper left of it (before the clean install it would do this for a few seconds before going onto the windows logo and booting up as usual). However now it is just stuck on this screen indefinitely.

Any help/ideas? At the moment I'm just re-downloading the iso to try do the clean install again, as I stupidly deleted it once the clean install was done!

Thanks in advance!

A:Windows 7 Clean Install - Worked fine until restart

Hello Madnesslink5 and welcome to Seven Forums.

It looks like you can now boot ok. Is that what your EDIT means ???

Post a screen print of Disk Management so experts here can see what you have and may be able to help clean things up.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

It sounds like you installed Windows with multiple HDs connected ...
It's best to only have the HD connected where you are installing Windows while installing.
Then none of the installation/boot files can be put on some other HD.

Here are some tutorials by gregrocker you should review:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 (applies to Retail also)
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

I suggest keeping the install media.
You may need it some day for a Startup Repair, Reinstall, etc.
I burn a bootable DVD, create bootable flash stick, and keep the ISO file on HD.
Maybe overkill, but if any one media fails, I have other options if needed ...

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Hi,
I am running Vista and getting a problem which I have not experienced before... Basically when I perform a soft reset (ie restart from Vista, or push the reset button on the computer) Vista doesn't boot. However when I power-off, power-on it boots fine. Its strange... the machine gets pasts post behaviour etc, but where I would normally see a windows vista loading bar, I get just a black screen. The hard-drive seems to be accessing, but nothing happens.

Has anyone got any ideas as to what could be causing this?

thanks in advance
 

A:Vista doesn't boot after restart

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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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okay, so here is the general gist of things:
My XP custom built desktop working fine for about a year stopped booting. I tried various things and it started working again. Then it crashed again giving a blue screen of death at the XP start up screen.
I formatted the entire hardrive and reinstalled. It failed once it restarted bsod, so I ran dskchk on it using my roommate's computer.
3 bad sectors, quarantined and formatted once again and reinstalled.
After the reinstallation I was told that ntosknrl.exe was corrupted or missing, so I redid the installation and it booted and XP was running, but when I went to update windows XP to SP3 it found tons of system files that were corrupted.
I could not copy edit or delete the files, there were quite a few, which really confused me being that I had run dskchk, and formatted the hardrive before installing.

From there I tried running Memtest from a floppy and it passed multiple passes with no errors. Still no luck.

I then tried to swap out hardrives with an older one that I had, reformatted that hardrive installed XP, and got the same error that ntoskrnl.exe was corrupted or missing.

We then put a third hardrive in with a working copy of windows on it and then booted it up. It hit the windows 7 loading screen and then bsod'd and restarted into a loop.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM!?!

as far as I can guess, it's my motherboard. I don't really know where else to turn, and also, how would I confirm this?

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A:Clean install of XP doesn't work.

have you tired changing the graphics card? was at least one of the hdd's brand new?

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Just received MS cert refurbished Lenovo 530--

First time running Windows update, just sits w/'Checking for updates' and times out after an hour or so with attached error.

Tried renaming \Windows\SoftwareDistribution per Google search--no change.

At this point it's simpler to reinstall from recovery partition than test a lot of possibilities absent a probable solution--unless for some weird reason I'm going to run into the same problem.

That's why I'm here.

You suggest...?

Mark

A:Clean install doesn't update?

Hello Mark,

You might see if doing OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to completely reset Windows Update may help.

Windows Update - Reset

If you have a 3rd party firewall program installed, double check to make sure it's not blocking Windows Update.

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Hi,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you to anyone who wants to contribute their thoughts. Now, the problem in more detail...

*Summary*
Laptop shipped with Vista. Clean install of XP & drivers - all okay for over a year. XP became problematic, re-installed XP - same problems exist with clean install.

*Prelude:*
I have a Toshiba Satellite L30, which came with Vista installed. After some disappointment with Vista, I decided to "upgrade" to XP. The installation of XP went without a hiccup. Trying to find drivers for everything took some time, as Toshiba no longer distributes the drivers for the L30 model (at least not on the UK version of their website). I kept (and still have) copies of all of the drivers I eventually installed to get the laptop with XP working successfully, and all was well.

*The Problem Begins:*
I had been using this set-up for over a year, until recently and suddenly, the laptop became problematic (i.e. hanging at certain situations, being slow and generally unresponsive). I concluded that the laptop had probably lost power during installing Windows updates, or the update had problems and had become unstable. After trying various techniques to try and recover the system (system restore, chkdsk etc) with no success, I decided I would do a clean install of XP.

*Get Your Head Scratching Fingers Ready:*
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A:Satellite L30: Clean XP install - used to work, now it doesn't

When it reaches "Registering Components" and freezes, can you press ALT-TAB to view any errors in the background?

Maybe it is waiting for someone to press OK to an error dialog.

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Ok, i've been doing some searching and it seems like my problem is a little unique. I was running Vista 32 bit last year with 2 gigs of ram. I upgraded to 7 pro 64 bit because i knew i was going to be upgrading to 4 gigs eventually. I bought the 4 gigs and installed them. I restarted my computer and the system picked them up. I don't think there was any issues as much as i can remember. Everything was up to date.

I recently had to do a clean install on my system. When i did this, my computer seems to only recognize 2 gigs of ram again, like i never upgraded before. I still have them in there, took them out, swapped them, and it still is showing 2 gigs in my computer as well as the BIOS. The Bios is updated, so i don't know what to do. Thanks to anyone who can help me.
 

A:Clean Install doesn't recognize Upgraded Ram

Try one stick at a time, trying one slot at a time. Then do the same with the other stick. If the result is that one or the other sticks does not work in one or neither slot, you could have a bad slot or a bad stick, depending on result.
 

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I'm confused. From what I am told, the validation of a Windows installation is stored in a PC's bios. By this fact, would not any windows installed on that PC, be allowed by virtue of it checking the validation from the bios? If so, then why is Microsoft forcing an upgrade of the current os, before you can do a clean install in another partition? First, as every 10 upgrade I have tried, have all failed, with the wonderful informational message "your upgrade failed"!!

I would love to install a clean copy of 10 in a new partition with dual boot, bring this 10 up to date with everything I need for it to be my working os, and then remove the old 8.1. So would someone actually explain why Microsoft does not allow a free clean install that accesses the bios to confirm my PC is running a valid windows 8.1,?

A:Why doesn't Microsoft allow a clean Windows 10 install?

Microsoft does allow clean install of Windows 10. If you have a product key for Windows 8 in your PC bios it will not even ask you for a product key or which version you want to install. It will just use the product key from bios to install and activate.

If your computer does not have a Windows 8 or 10 product key in bios, then use this method :

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

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Hi everyone. My Windows Vista Home Premium computer does not want to restart half the time. What I mean is that it won't restart by going through the start menu and clicking on restart. Instead, I'll have to press the power button and hold it in for like 5 seconds and then it will shut down. Then I have to press the power button again to turn it back on. What can I do to fix this? By the way, I'm running service pack 2 on my Vista computer.

A:Windows Vista doesn't want to restart half the time

Recommended approach would be to always let it close down itself even though it may take a long time.
Spend some time trying to analyse what is causing the slow shut down when it does occur - try Task manager but make sure when you look at the Processes you tick the box at the bottom wich says "Show processes from all users".

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Hello,

I perfomed a clean windows 7 install on a dell latitude 820.

The stange thing is that if I press the shutdown button, windows seems to shut down but after the screen turns black the power an bluetooth lights keep burning.

I see no further activity on the laptop.

Anyone seen this before and know a solution?

Thanks in advance.

A:Laptop doesn't shutdown after clean Windows 7 install

  
Quote: Originally Posted by John14


Hello,

I perfomed a clean windows 7 install on a dell latitude 820.

The stange thing is that if I press the shutdown button, windows seems to shut down but after the screen turns black the power an bluetooth lights keep burning.

I see no further activity on the laptop.

Anyone seen this before and know a solution?

Thanks in advance.


Probably going into sleep
Go to Control Panel>Power Options>(on the top left)Change what power buttons do

Is it set to Shutdown?

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Last year I upgraded my laptop's Windows 7 Home to Windows 10 and didn't have any problems. Recently, I messed up my system while editing some partitions and decided to go with a new clean install of the system believing that the hardware would bring its authorization over to the new installastion. I downloaded and installed the most recent European (no media app) image.

After installation all I can see is this:
and I ended up reading this post. As suggested, I tried to execute:

slmgr.vbs -ipk TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

in an adminstrator-level command prompt, but I got this error:
how should I proceed? I read elsewhere that I may have to re-install Windows 7, activate it and then upgrade. How can I obtain an authenticated operating system again?

(I still have my Windows 7 activation key).

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Hi, Just finished a chat session with HP via the HP support assistant utility on an HP laptop.  They said my laptop was not covered by warranty because I was using a clean install of win10 instead of the OEM factory image of win10 that came with the laptop.  They said I would have to revert to the OEM factory image to get them to support me on the issue I was having. I then told them that the reason I was a clean install of windows is because I was using an SSD drive instead of the HDD drive that came with the laptop.   And I couldn't get the OEM factory image to work on the SSD drive; I needed to use a clean install of Win10 to get the SSD drive to work.   They said that that was a known issue, but that using the SSD drive further voided the warranty.  That I would have to re-install the HDD drive and then put the OEM factory image back on top of that to get them to support me on the issue I was having. Have other people encountered this?  Or am I just getting the gold level of service? Edit: I was provided with a link to this warranty description as justification for the warranty not covering an SSD upgrade or a clean Win10 install. Thanks! In case it is of any interest, this is for the following laptop: HP 15t Touch (Pavilion 15-ab283nr / T0D97UA#ABA) And in case it is of any interest, the issue I'm having is a boot issue.  Can't get past the HP splash screen - stuck on the spinn... Read more

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Hello,Hope I get some answers. Couple of weeks back I brought a new Acer Aspire E5-547g notebook here in Sweden. I have my own MSDN subscription and decided the get rid of default Windows 10 OS i got with notebook. I downloaded the MSDN copy(Enterprise) and did a clean install. Then i started facing the problems. It doesn't matter which browser i use, I can't download any executables from internet. Its working fine with zip files but executables I can't. I brought avast license but couldn't able to download the installation from their site. Not just avast, I can't download almost any executable. The download goes for ages without update in progressbar. If i try to download using any download managers, the download gets stucking at 99%. I formatted OS and did clean install couple of times. I tried various MSDN Windows10 versions, the result is same. I am getting frsutrated over this. I need real support now. I hope I am not only one who went through this situation. 

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Hello,

I am using Vista ultimate a year & it was OK to reinstall windows!

But I found that my PC Slow & crash Photoshop etc. within two three days! I searched for virus with Eset & for spyware with Super anti-spyware!
Nothing found!

I tried to system restore but restore was incomplete! I uninstalled all recently installed applications but pointless~!

Then I tried to re-install the windows! Then cd boots & load windows files! But then it stops in a black screen! Hard drive stops reading!

I can not continue to format the drive & re-install windows!

I tried Notan recovery disk too! Same results as windows CD!

Please kindly help me to reinstall windows! problem is bootable cds stops after loading windows files! I tried several cd's!

Please need your support to solve this!

Thank you!

A:[SOLVED] Need Help to Re-Install Vista! CD not boots! Can not format the dirve!

and welcome to the Forum

First thing I would do is run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here )

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I tried installing a driver of an old Umax scanner and during the reboot Vista locked up, and will only boot into Safe Mode. I had turned off System Restore when removing a virus and hadn't turned it back on yet, so I don't have that as an option. I ran the Vista Windows file checker and have attached the log file.

I have also tried the Vista startup repair tool, but, that didn't work either. As I can only run in safe mode i can't reinstall vista, I would have to do a full reformat and reinstall, which I would like to avoid if I can.

Below is a summary of my computer.
Computer Summary:
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2400 MHz
Motherboard Name Dell Latitude E6500
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 3536 MB
BIOS Type Phoenix (10/10/08)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

Storage:
IDE Controller Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller Intel® ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E SATA RAID Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
SCSI/RAID Controller Virtual CloneDrive
Disk Drive FUJITSU MHZ2160BJ FFS G2 (149 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device (Virtual CD-ROM)
Optical Drive PLDS DVD+-RW DU-8A2S
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

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A:Vista only boots into safe mode after driver install

In device manager did you try to uninstall the driver?

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So in IE, firefox, and chrome, all google links get redirected. when you hover over the search results, the URL that displays at the bottom of your browser window does not match the url of the search result. specifically, a prefix is added that looks something like this: hxxp://6ar1.google.com/(then some garbage)/http://(url of search result). When you click on the link, it opens up a new browser window that takes you to different ads, or sometimes back to google.com.
ipconfig /flushdns, netsh int ip reset, Combofix, Hitman Pro, AVG, MS Security Essentials, hijack this, malwarebytes are all of the tools I've tried using to find and extinguish this virus. None of these tools found anything suspicious on the system. I eventually formatted the hard drive and reinstalled XP, which did not work either. I also rebuilt the master boot record and rewrote the partition table using the XP installation disk and testdisk. This did not help either. I booted up to Parted Magic, opened up the partition editor (Gparted), and noticed there was a little bit of space after the main partition that was unallocated. I resized the main partition to make use of this unallocated space. after I restarted the system, no more browser redirects! I brought the pc back to the owner, and it worked fine for one entire day. but now its back! could it be in the router , or might someone be specifically targeting my client?

A:Another Google Redirect browser hijacker, clean XP install doesn't fix!

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Since you have run ComboFix, please include the ComboFix log in the new topic. Please be sure to include a description of your computer issues and what you have done to try to resolve them.If you cannot produce any of the other logs, then please create the new topic anyway, include the information that you were unable to produce the other logs and why and include the ComboFix log along with a description of your computer issues.Orange Blossom

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My system setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported EXTREME Video Card
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) {TWO OF THESE}
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M
I put up the whole entire name of the parts from Newegg just to make sure I did not foget anything like model # incase you guys need it. Anyways on to the problem. Everything goes good all the way up to the Completing Installation part. It will hang there forever. I've tried a few times, sometimes it would just hang there forever until I reboot it and it gives me the usual error you all are used to hearing about about not being installed properly, or it will randomly restart on its own and give the same error. I have searched and searched and searched but I can't seem to find anything that helps. I've tried messing with the BIOS like instructed from some other help sites but I do not have much experience in the BIOS so maybe I'm missing a setting I need to change? If someone that knows about this motherboard can tell me the steps on what I should change and how to get there I would greatly appreciate it and try it out. My computer has no floppy drive just so you guys know. Also I'm not sure what version of BIO... Read more

A:Vista Home Premium Install Hangs At Completing. (clean Install)

First of all, Did you install the sata drivers?

In the Bios set every thing to default.

Vista asks for a few questions then does the rest its self. give it tops about 2 hours usually takes like 30 min or less.

You say you got an error message? Please post the entire message

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Originally I set it to install and walked away came back hours later so I wasn't at the pc watching things. Anyways I managed to damage some files or something and for whatever reasons i could not figure out how to repair them. The microsoft forum was a bust no even one person tried to help me so I got sick of waiting and deleted the partition on the drive and made a new one and formatted it within the installer loaded from boot of the vista CD. That part went fine and quick. However when arriving at the step where its expanding files it took almost an hour before it spun up the CD and began increasing beyond 0%. From there up to 5% at best increases (avg 3%) then the CD spins down and idles for at least several minutes and then spins up gets a little farther and repeat. Basically the amount of time its just sitting there is probably 20 times or more longer than the time its actually progressing. Why is this? Is it supposed to do that? It seems odd to me that it wouldn't just keep spinning the CD and continuously progressing. Especially on a system with a dual core 3.2 ghz and 2GB of ram installs should zip through no time at all. I'm sure the install will be done before anyone replies but i thought I would check here in case its something I should be concerned about as a possible problem with my system.
 

A:Clean install of Vista 64bit on brand new pc is this norma install behavior?

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Hi,

I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

A:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support --> http://global-download.acer.com/GDFi...e&Step3=Aspire

Acer Support --> http://support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx



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jcgriff2

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