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Clean install of Windows 8 Freezes just after Spinner

Q: Clean install of Windows 8 Freezes just after Spinner

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.


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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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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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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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Hello, Hope I have the right forum here.

I have a OCZ RevoDrive 120Gb I recently installed as boot drive C:, for Win7 64bit and it is running fine.

I want to install WinXP 32bit on my SATA slave drive, but not sure if it is as simple as booting to DVD drive and selecting a partition on my SATA drive and loading it, or because the REVO is now the boot drive if there is more involved.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:Revo as boot Drive, want to install XP on slave spinner

Have a read of those tutorials:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

A bit more reading.
BCDEDIT - How to Use
System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

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Hey guys, I've been trying to fix this myself but with no luck. Maybe you can give me some tips? I think it is a hardware issue which I have little to no experience with.

It all started when I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 x64 from my Vista x64. I had nothing of importance on the computer, so why not do a clean install and start fresh? It installed fine and rebooted several times until the computer had the Setup Is Checking Video Performance, it froze on that screen. I had to reboot it and now here is my current issue.....

Installation is going fine, goes to Completing Installation and then reboots..Then shows a black screen with blinking cursor for 5 minutes. Then restarts itself and has Windows Recovery Error. I chose Start Windows Normally and it goes to Starting Windows screen with the logo. I've tried letting it sit there for 30 minutes until it restarts itself and states..Windows failed to start. A recent software or hardware change may be the cause..etc etc..

...So basically it's just a constant cycle of Starting Windows screen and Windows Recovery Error screen Unless I press f10 to go into the Boot Options.

If anybody could give any advice, I would greatly appreciate it. I already installed Windows 7 on my laptop so I know it's my desktop which is causing the issues..

Gateway FX4710
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 / 2.5 GHz
6GB Ram / 667.0 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT / 512.0 MB

A:Windows 7 Clean Install: Freezes on "Starting Windows" screen

Hello mshannahnv, welcome to Seven Forums!

As you have nothing to lose on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Finally decided to wipe my drive and reinstall windows.   PC has been working good but lately started acting strange with intermittent connectivity and the just yesterday all connected wifi devices lost their log info so that was odd.  Today when I rebooted this PC, I saw the original windows start up screen you'd see if during a fresh install or a restore and that's not right.  Finally I took at look at event viewer and saw a new NT user was added and I didn't do that so here we go again.   This time I suspect the vectors is a compromised Gateway which I have reset but will need to replace with better quality equipment than the junk Comcast is renting me.  This prompted me to run Farbar and come back to the forum for help.
2nd issue-  I need help with my Norton firewall settings.   I want to lock this pc down except for approved programs.
​Here is the log and thanks in advance again.  Farbar and addition below
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by Ronin Asus (administrator) on DESKTOP-O7VPJFK (26-12-2017 17:33:55)
Running from C:\Users\Ronin Asus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Ronin Asus (Available Profiles: Ronin Asus)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-... Read more

A:Clean Windows Install on Wiped Drive- Am I still Clean?

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

A:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a windows install or swapping motherboards without a clean install of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting

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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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Hello,I'm facing some little problems that a clean install would definately solve them, but I'm afraid that if I install onekey recovery afterwords, it won't be or can't be 100% integrated with the system. There's this novo key on the side that it brings onekey recovery if i shut my laptop and then press it, would it work later after a clean install of windows OS and reinstalling onekey recovery?Is there anything that is really useful by Lenovo that I'm going to miss out on, if i do a clean install? Is there any risks at all?Thank U guys

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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.


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

Regards. . .



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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 purchased a Toshiba Satellite C50 loaded with windows 8 but want to revert to windows 7.

I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?

Thanks, John

A:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a Windows Install or Swapping Motherboards Without a Clean Install

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This is what is happening. A friend gave me his DELL Inspririon 531 2007 Desktop. It has a pirated copy of 7 ultimate x64 (which I am not sure if this supports 64 bit). Prior to looking into how old the machine was, I was able to install 8.1 64 bit. But it wouldn't allow me to install any drivers from the DELL site. Said that the machine wasn't compatible. So, I tried with Windows 7 32 bit and I am getting this error. I have deleted all partitions, but now, I do not have that option when I choose Custom-advanced. There is no Delete option.

A few times I got the error at 5% other times at over 60%. What can I do to get this to install? It is a legit DVD of windows. Why would it have allowed 8.1 to successfully install now it is doing this? What files are missing? I have tried both deleting the partitions and not deleting. Same result.

A:Clean install error Windows cannot install required files.

Install the correct version of windows that`s on the COA, either buy a new installer from Newegg or call Dell for Recovery CD`s.

The dvd you are trying to use is corrupted and no good.

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First post in this forum, and already with complaints ;-)

I installed the Windows 8 Release Preview Build 8400 on my computer. I first did an upgrade from windows 7, but that gave me some (apparently ramdon) freezes. I decided to do a clean installation on unallocated space. The same happened 3 times till now. I used the W8 File Collector (see attached W8.zip). It gave me a 'Sorry, No Dump Found'-error. You can also find two printscreens in the zip file.

I only installed a new driver for my nvidia graphics card, and the wireless D-Link adapter.

Can anyone help me out? This is driving me crazy ;-)

Thanks in advance!


A:Windows 8 Freezes (upgrade and clean installation)

Have you installed the graphics driver from Weltweiter Marktf?hrer f?r Visual Computing Technologien | NVIDIA?

Base on my personal experience, the nvidia graphics card driver will conflict with windows 8. We need special edition of the driver.

If you haven't do that, go to the link above, choose driver download, then choose option 2 (automatically detect graphics card). Then follow instructions to install.

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Ill try to make this short and simple, i had same pc for around 3 years now, finally managed to ruin my first win 7 instalation by being lazy, that resulting in long needed reinstall, no problem there,
But after everything was done, my pc started randomly freezing for around 1-5 mins ( depends, usually around 3 mins ) then it just comes back alive like nothing happened, sometimes video driver crashes

My first thought was that my hdd finally dying on me, but after numerous test found nothing wrong on any of them and freezes doesnt always occur on hdd usage i ruled that out, some googling blamed it on new video drivers, got other ones, same, still freezing, reseted my bios to default, still same, sometimes i can turn on a game and play 2 hours straight and nothing will happen, next time i can startup movie and it will freeze 2 times in 5 mins, already reinstalled coddecs and video players

i am just running out of ideas here, never had this issue before, using same windows 7, same install, same pc and all of my drivers/programs are same ones i used

A:Windows 7 Freezes/hangs after clean reinstall

If the computer has ever crashed (BSOD), there should be a minidump log. You can check by going to C:\Windows\MinidumpIf there are dump files, attach them to this post. You can also try using a software like whocrashed but it's not as good as using WinDbg.How to read the small memory dump files that Windows creates for debuggingIn addition, review your event log by opening Event Viewer.How to use event viewerJust type event viewer into the Windows 7 start menu search bar. Or, get to it by going to Control Panel > View Small Icons > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. View your error events.

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I'm looking to buy a new laptop, seen a few models I like and they all come with windows 7 pre-installed. Problem is they all also come with a dozen or so pre-installed pieces of freeware/shareware/trial software that I have no use for and don't want and I would like to do a clean install of windows 7 when I buy to get rid of all these. How should I go about doing this?

I'll ask the vendors if they could provide me with some sort of recovery CD that will install the operating system and none of the junk but they might say no (I've done a bit of googling and have read they make money off including all these programmes). If they don't give me anything then could I get by with just purchasing an upgrade DVD even though I obviously won't be upgrading anything, just trying to go from bloated windows 7 to non-bloated version.

Thanks for help.

A:Clean install to replace existing windows 7 install

Hello Third Man, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just uninstall the bloatware software that comes with the computer in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel just like in Vista below. Otherwise you would have to purchase a separate retail copy of Windows 7 to do a clean install with, then install all of your drivers.

Uninstall or Change a Program - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I have the Windows 7 key for the netbook but I was not given an install disc when I bought it from the store.
I believe it originally had Windows 7 Premium home edition on it and I updated it to Windows 7 SP1 Premium Home Edition.

I am having many issues with the OS and wish to either do a repair or a clean install. I'd rather do a repair so as not to have to reinstall everything, but if a clean install is recommended I can do that instead.

How do I go about it, without an installation disc?

A:How do I repair or do a clean install with no Windows 7 install disc?

Hello and welcome Alicia now hopefully you have all your data backed up because what I am going to suggest will wipe it and reset the machine to as it came out of the factory because it will have a special recovery partition for just tis sort of situation..

See this https://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008...tory-settings/

The alternative is to get an ISO for the version you have from somewhere and use the orih=gianl code to activate it.

Another thing you can do is read through this as it will describe how you can use any Windows DVD - a friends or family members one just read it thoroughly if that is what you want to do but make sure you read the bit about the ei.cfg removal tool Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro.

So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro.

However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of bloatware, etc. (In fact, I would like to set up a multi-boot with Win 7, and perhaps even triple boot with Xp as well. (I have installation media and my product keys for XP and 7 though, so those are not really a problem.)

The computer came with no discs at all. There is a procedure to make recovery disks. I may do that, but I think those will be to restore the computer to how it came from the factory, and therefore not usable for a clean install.

I don't see my product key for Win 8 anywhere. Not on the computer, not on any kind of card that came with it, etc.

I looked at the tutorial here for clean install of Windows 8, but it requires an install disc and product key. I have neither, although I am a legal owner of Windows 8.

Is there a way I can create (from my installed Windows 8) a win 8 install disk, that can be used for a clean install? Or a link to download one? Is there a way I can get my product key?

Thank you in advance.

A:Clean Install of Windows 8 without install disc?

You shouldn't need to enter a product key with an oem machine.

The recovery partition and discs will likely reinstall with all the crapware.

Hard to tell without looking at it. Dell recovery program used to offer an option to reinstall without crapware. Perhaps your oem does also.

Many would like to do a clean install as you describe. Not so easy with win8 oem pre install .

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I can't find my specific install problem on the forum, so here is the problem:

I have a 4 core 64 bit HP laptop (pavilion) with a Radeon graphics card and 16 gig of ram.

I installed W10 over W7 from the laptop microsoft link when the free offer was available. I have two downloaded disks (burned from iso files), one with threshold 2 the other without.

I have tried booting from both these disks without success, the laptop just boots into the problem W10.
In the bios boot from CD is enabled but this makes no difference?

I'm sure I am missing something (maybe the disks are not configured properly but how do I find out?)
Does anyone know how I can get a clean install to work please?

A:Windows 10 re-install (clean install to fix errors)?

Is there a file and folder structure on the DVDs including a setup.exe in the root folder? Or is there just an ISO file on the DVD?

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During the past few months, I've switched several computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 because of the approaching January 2020 "end of life" of Windows 7.
I've done both "upgrade" installs and "clean" installs.
"Clean" installs take longer because apps need to be reinstalled afterwards and a lot of setting changes need to be done, but it allows the computer to start out fresh.
"Upgrade" installs are quicker, but the computer carries over issues and debris into Windows 10, so I've seen a failure rate of about 40%.
Regardless of which method you choose to use, make sure to back up your personal data(documents, photos, music, etc.) to reliable external media BEFORE you start.
Windows 10 is pretty good about installing drivers for a computer's devices, but there's no guarantee that all of its devices will work properly afterwards.
The best way to solve that problem is to obtain downloadable Windows 10 drivers for them(if they exist) BEFORE you start.
Good luck.


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I want to install a Install Windows 7 Ent on a Elitebook 840 G3 with Samsung NVMe M.2 SSD Disk.Which drivers do I need to integrate in the installation source (Windows 7 Ent)? Does anyone have the procedure?

A:Install Windows 7 Ent Clean Install on Elitebook 840 G3 with...

Hi: Please see this related thread... http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/Installing-Windows-7-x64-Enterpr...

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So I was backing up my computer last night with SyncBackPro, and encountered a BSOD (kernel_stack_inpage_error). Restarted computer, got other BSODs. Now, I haven't formatted my computer in quite some time, but I have the vast majority of my files backed up. Next, this morning my computer would start up, but it had a different boot screen and no programs will run("gdiplus.dll was not found"). I think I should at least do a repair install of XP, but I only have a SP1 disk from Dell. I've read about slipstreaming, but I don't fully understand the idea. Ideas? The computer is old, but has been treated very well. What can I do to revive the computer?

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Please help. Recently after Microsoft Update & changing my virus protection program, my system is acting screwy. Browsing has slowed incredibly and the system randomly freezes, requiring a hard restart.
Any help is appreciated.
Thank You
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:08-06-2015
Ran by David (administrator) on MILLIE on 10-06-2015 22:52:15
Running from E:\Downloads\Programs
Loaded Profiles: David (Available Profiles: David)
Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atiesrxx.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atieclxx.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvxdsync.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
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A:Windows 7 slow performance. Freezes randomly. Clean virus scan.

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HKU\S-1-5-21-2367785155-1929964237-1315972698-1001\Control Panel\Desktop\\SCRNSAVE.EXE -> none
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HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
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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 have a Win 8 Pro with MC license. I would like to start cleanly by formatting and installing 8.1. Is the ISO available officially for DL? Also will my Win 8 Pro key work with 8.1?

A:Clean install of Windows 8.1?

Hello Wildgoat,

You're Windows 8 Pro key would only work if you upgraded to Windows 8.1 from within the activated Windows 8 Pro. You would have to have a Windows 8.1 product key to clean install Windows 8.1 directly.

Currently, the Windows 8.1 ISO file is only available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. We'll know more tomorrow (18th) when full versions of Windows 8.1 will be available in retail outlets.

Hope this helps for now,

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I just performed a clean install of Windows 7 professional and activated it
However, I can not get any windows updates. When I try to, the windows just stays in the "Checking for updates" 
I have let it run for several hours and no results.
I have done this before with other pc's and have never had this problem.
What should I do nect to get my computer up to date with windows updates
Thanks for any help

A:Windows 7 Clean install

This is a know issue with Windows 7 clean installs.
First download and install IE11
Then the update Agent.
Reboot and check for updates again. It may take 2 hours or longer. Some people have had to wait overnight. 
If you do not want Windows 10 install GWX control panel

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iam doing a clean install of windows as i was having a few problems which i put down to a virus. Scaned pc with norton and norton power erase, microsoft malware removal tool and malwarebytes but none of them found anything does this mean i would be a clear. I have ssd boot and three hdd for storage how do i make sure that everything has gone completly. I have started deleting all the stuff from hdds now whats best thing to do. Am i best to format all hdd in disk management then delete volume or do i need special software.just to make sure there is nothing that will cause me problems once i do my clean install. As for ssd will that be ok just to do freash install and everything will be gone i.e virus if there was actually one thanks in advace

A:clean install of windows

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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I have a total of 3 partations of my Hard disk.My current windows vista is installed on c partation
what if i do a clean install of windows 7 on c drive,will i lose all the data on my Hard disk(the other two partation data) or only the data on drive c ?

A:Clean install windows 7

Hello Jemmaimakhan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you only format and install on the C: partition, then the other partitions will be fine.

Clean Install Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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I want to do clean install of windows 7 on my Samsung netbook n150 .. Through USB flash drive becoz it doesn't support CD ROM .. I don't have activation key Of windows 7.. .only a blank USB 4gb drive .! Currently its running on windows 7 ultimate ....can any one please tell me how to do it step by step .?? Thanx in advance

A:clean install of windows 7

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Samsung Recovery, make Recovery disks:
Samsung PC Software - Samsung Support Center - YouTube

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I just got my new Crucial 256 GB M4 SSD in the mail. Since my Windows 8 install is relatively new I thought I'd just go ahead and do a clean install to the new drive. In order to avoid confusion with my old install I pulled my two hard drives, leaving the M4 as the only drive in the system.

I was curious to see if Windows 8 would clean install from the upgrade media without having to reinstall Windows 7 then install the upgrade over it. Note that I had previously upgraded to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit over a retail version of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and both installs had been previously activated.

I used the clean install procedures here:

How To Clean Install Windows 8 (Part 1 of 2)

Windows started up and ran just fine but was not activated, nor would it accept my product key in the activation window. OK, I thought, lesson learned, I'll just get out the old Windows 7 DVD and install it then upgrade. I had the Win 7 disk in the drive when I thought that it might make sense to do a bit more looking around before spending an extra couple of hours on this install.

Searching the official and quasi-official forums I kept seeing "You cannot do a clean install of Windows 8 unless you are currently running a previous version of Windows." However, one post intrigued me -- seems the user had called Microsoft when he couldn't activate and a MS tech remote accessed his computer and changed a Registry key value, then then ran a DOS command, which allowed the activation to ... Read more

A:Windows 8 Clean Install

Looks good to me! Thanks for the tips, by the way! I'll keep this in mind if I ever run across this - very, very useful information. I would say you could always double check here, but it failed on my 2012 server (even though I know it's a very genuine install).

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Hey guys, I recently bought a HP computer for a family member. Unfortunately, to my dislike it came with preloaded software that I will not be using, most - if not all are not present on a clean install of Windows 7. Which brings me to my question -What is the easiest way to do a clean install on a HP computer? I can manually uninstall all of the programs I do not want which came installed, but that takes time...I have a Windows 7 reinstallation disc which came with a Dell PC I bought a while back - I tried doing a clean reinstallation using this disc and reached the last step, but decided against proceeding incase this voilated any warranty. So, I came here to ask - is this a safe way to do a clean installation? 

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A:Windows 7 clean install

Hi: You should be able to use the recovery disks if something goes wrong. As far as activation...I'll say it again. First, find your product key on your PC. It should be on the top or side of the PC.  If it is Windows 7 Home Premium, there should be a 25 digit product key on it, and the description Windows 7 Home Premium OA.  IF your Dell installation disk is also Windows 7 Home Premium then you should not encounter any issues when activating using your product key. You will need the product key off your PC. Like Hanspuppa wrote the OEM disks are Dell SLIC 2.1. What this means is that if the disk is used on any other PC than a Dell, the pre-activation doesn't work and you will be presented with a message to activate Windows. If you just click on activate over the internet now without changing the product key, activation will fail.  So just change the product key by clicking the link that says "Change Product Key" under Windows Activation and enter the 25 digit key off the sticker from your PC, and windows should activate and you should now see the Blue Genuine Windows logo. wssmith:  I couldn't agree with you more. Nothing like a clean installation with just the original OS and drivers. Most of the stuff that comes pre-installed is trial software anyway. Now there is some good stuff too, and before you wipe out your OS, get a portable hard drive, and copy off your whole SWSetup folder because that has the installatio... Read more

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I want to put windows on my new SSD and want to know if i have to format the old one before or if I can do it with windows on it I will be using it as a usb clean installer. Also can it contain other files when doing a clean install?

A:Can i use a Ext HD with windows for a clean install

Not really understanding what you are trying to do here. You can possibly clone the old drive to the new SSD with proper software and equipment. But I do not understand what a usb clean installer is in this context. 

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  Thank you for reading and helping. I have a HP G72-250us laptop. I upgraded to windows 10 and about a month later my HDD failed. I have purchased and installed a new HDD but I need to reinstall windows 7 home premium (don't want to go back to 10 yet), and like a big dummie I can't find my original recovery disc. I have a valid key. Where can I find a ISO? Microsoft will not help because it was installed by HP and HP said I am outside of my 1 year warranty and want to charge me for a new copy/support. I also don't know if I had 32 or 64 bit. I do have a dell windows 7 professional-64bit disc (from my work computer) will that work?
Thank you again, let me know if you need any more info I left out. 

A:clean install of windows 7

Hi Howard There's only two legal ways to obtain Windows .iso: via the Microsoft Software Recovery Center website, which requires a Windows retail product key to get the .iso you need and by contacting your laptop/computer manufacturer and request an installation or recovery media (depends which one is applicable). This being said, any other method of obtaining a Windows 7 .iso is not legal and cannot be discussed nor proposed here. Right now, your product key is an OEM one so you'll have to contact HP for a new installation media and if you're out of your warranty, you'll have to pay.Sorry.On a side note, you cannot use a Windows 7 Professional CD to install Windows 7 Home Premium. You really need an installation media for the version and edition of Windows that you need. Also I'm pretty sure you had Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on that laptop based on the specs.

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Using steps posted by Admin "Brink" Im trying to do a clean install of windows 8 on a desk top computer that had a crash (virus) and then was recovered to factory settings with out doing a back up first. The original OS was windows 7 64bit. The computer is a HP Pavillion a4316f-b, AMD Aflon II 620 Quad core 6GB DDR3 system memory, 1 Terabyte hard drive, Nivdia Geforce 9100 graphics. I dont understand a lot of computer lingo so please bear with me. A Staples computer tech sold me windows 8 Pro and said to do a clean install and that should bring the computer back to life. However I am having problems, I get through steps 1 through 9 in your tutorial and after step 9 the computer restarts but it goes to the HP blue screen with the choices "Esc=boot" "F11 recover" and so on... and just hangs there untill the monitor goes to sleep and the computer shuts down. I restart the computer but it seems to be doing install all over again which takes 20 to 40 min. Why cant I get to step 10? And if I may ask a silly question? During the installation of windows 8 there is no antivirus software in the computer, should I be installing windows 8 with the computer disconnected from the internet?
Thanks for any help.
Don TinPan

A:Help with clean install windows 8

Are you deleting all the partitions first?

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I have a computer that has preloaded Windows 8 with all the bloatware crap and am hoping to possible get a clean install of Windows 8? How can I do this? I have a ASUS CM1745 with an AMD A8-5500 and Radeon 7560D. I can't seem to find my product key either.

A:Clean Install of Windows?

You can use this to find your key.
Product Key - Find for Windows 8

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