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

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

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

Preferred Solution: Windows 7 Clean Install: Freezes on "Starting Windows" screen

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: 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 want to do a clean install of Windows XP on a Toshiba Satellite 2405 laptop. I was making sure I could boot from the restore CD and the first screen that comes up says "Starting Windows 95". I didn't want to continue until I understood this. Is Windows XP installed from Windows 95? Thanks.

A:Toshiba Satllite 2405 Restore CD says "starting Windows 95". Clean install WinXP.

A clean install would involve a wipe of the HDD. The XP installer can do that for you if you boot from a Windows Xp installation CD.

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Hi everyone,

At present, I have a problem with my computer. It sometimes hangs when it's booting into Windows(Windows version: Win 7 Pro), but it rarely happens. When it occurs, on the
screen it just shows "Starting Windows" texts without the Windows logo animation. I'd like to figure out what could potentially cause this problem, so I made an experiment, which is setting up the WinDbg on another computer and turning on the debug
mode in my computer, and using a null-modem cable to do com port debugging. Hopefully I can get some clues from that.

After rebooting for about 900 times, it hung again and from the WinDbg, it revealed the last loaded driver was CLASSPNP.sys and the previous loaded driver was disk.sys. The
computer is equipped with two hard drives and the capacity for each is 500G. For some reason, I made these two hard drives totally reveal the capacity of 250G in the system by hard drive clipping. In addtion to that, this motherboard has RAID chips on it,
and its connecting way is through soc PCH sata port -> raid chip->hard drive. Another questionable point is that there is a PCIE to UART adapter card on the motherboard. I have a few questions : 

1. What do CLASSPNP.sys and disk.sys do while Windows is being loaded? Does it hang because it keeps waiting for devices' responses but somehow those devices just don't talk
back to the driver? If so, what can cause these devices to fail to respond to this driver?

2. Has anyone r... Read more

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Hi Friends of the internet
I have been reading several forums regarding the issue of installing windows 7 (64 bit) to a computer that have had windows 8 installed previously or just a GPT formatted disk. I found some kind of solution, hope it can help you.

My Case:
Windows version installed: Windows 7 Professional N with Service Pack 1 (x64) or Windows 7 Professional (x64)
Computer to install windows 7 on: Samsung laptop
Model Code: NP53U4C-A02SE
See the specks here:

Create a USB install disk that not freezes at ?starting windows? screen:

First I followed this great guide (Thanks Daniel), See copy below:
Creating a UEFI/BIOS Windows 7 USB and installing to GPT partitions ? Hodgin.ca
STOP Daniels Guide after step 13!

1. Open a command line in administrator mode
3. type LIST DISK
4. Look for the disk number that represents your USB drive
5. type SELECT DISK # where # represents the number of your USB drive. Get this right or you will wipe a different drive out.
6. type CLEAN
9. type ACTIVE
10. type FORMAT fs=fat32 quick
11. type assign
11a. type EXIT
11b. type EXIT
12. The drive should now be formatted and marked as active and fat32. Do not format the drive as NTFS or you will only be able to boot into the installer in BIOS mode.
13. Now you will need to copy the contents of the windows 7 ... Read more

A:Install guide to avoid Windows 7 install freezes at "starting windows"

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

Solved Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

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Hello guys, I'm a new one here.
So.. here's the thing:
Every time I start the computer, it freezes on the screen: "Windows is starting up..." for like 1:30 minutes and then comes the: "Loading your personal settings" screen, which is on for 8 seconds or so. And then it goes to desktop. Programs are opening at normal speeds, but why does it freeze on that screen, I have no idea. Even my another computer, with Celeron processor boots much faster than my Quad processor.
Of course I've checked "msconfig", here are the screens:
Services: http://i51.tinypic.com/xlfhqq.png (I'm not sure about the Microsoft Services, that's why I've ticked it, maybe you guys can help me with that. Maybe there's some sort of Microsoft Service, that's slowing my boot?)
Startup: http://i52.tinypic.com/25tkmkj.png
I've also scanned my computer for viruses, trojans etc.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - Full Scan: didn't find nothing
SuperAntiSpyware - Complete Scan - found 1 cookie
Spybot S&D - found 2 cookies
ESET NOD32 v4 - found 2 false positives
I also used CCleaner to clean temporary files and registry and Advanced SystemCare v3 to optimize my PC. It all did speeded up my computer, but it didn't solve the boot lag. You can see my computer specs, when you click on the computer icon after my nickname.
I know that my English isn't perfect, but I'm trying my best hehe

Thanks in advance,

&nbs... Read more

A:Windows XP freezes at: "Windows is starting up..." screen for a minute and a half

I strongly advise you to stay away from registry clean/optimize/boost/tuneup type programs. They do little to nothing to improve speed and performance. What they can do is break programs and damage the operating system.


You shouldn't uncheck service entries in the System Configuration Utility "Services" tab. They should all remain checked.

If you want to change the "startup type" to any of them to Automatic or Manual or Disabled, you should do it in Start - Run - SERVICES.MSC - OK.

NVIDIA Display Driver Service can be set on Manual.


In the System Configuration Utility "Startup" tab, these entries can be unchecked.


Set the above service entry to Manual first before you uncheck these startup entries. After you're done, restart the computer.


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I've been working on this problem with people on the BleepingComputer forum for over two months, and while all of their advice has seemed slightly sensible at the time, after replacing EVERY SINGLE PART OF THE COMPUTER save the Seagate-tested, Seagate-passed Seagate hard drive, the CPU, and two of four RAM sticks (which have passed over 80 hours of Memcheck testing)...

...I'm beginning to wonder if the problem isn't at least in part with the advice I've been getting over there.

So, Seven Forums, here's the deal: constant freezing of the "Starting Windows" screen on a relatively fresh install of Windows 7 Pro x64, SP1. "Relatively" fresh in that I've installed all the Windows updates, the newest driver for my graphics card, Chrome, Sublime Text II, Speccy, Dropbox and Keepass.

The BIOS for my motherboard (brand new!) is updated to the latest version.

I have unplugged my Delta 44 sound card on the off chance it is the problem child, but the problem persists, so I'm guessing not.

Here's Speccy:


I used to have hobbies. I'd go for walks with my wife, try to learn to play the banjo, cook stuff. Make small batches of wine.

Now, all I do is work on this infernal box of stinking misery. All I do is run Memtest, run Seagate drive diagnostics, reinstall Windows and occasionally think about taking a sledgehammer to this ******* son of a thousand PETs and just buy a Mac.

So: new forum.... Read more

A:Repeated freezes at Starting Windows screen, "Startup Repair" no good

Please check Event viewer to see what is logged there relating to the problem.

Usually freezing is either hardware (ram, etc.) Which you seem to have eliminated or software conflicts.

If you have a BSOD (i know it just freezes) please upload at least one because we can examine the drivers that were loaded leading up to the freezes, etc.

There are several ways to find what the problem is. The best is to go into event viewer (type eventvwr in search). Event viewer (local) >>> look for errors listed in the last day, week, etc. Then go to the windows log>application tab. Finally the windows Logs>system tabs.

You want to look for all errors (they have red in the left column ).

When you find them you want to look for errors that say app hang, app crash, or anything that relates to the problem.

When you find them please note the event ID, and the source codes and tell us what they are.

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i am new and am having a ridiculously annoying problem with windows xp

every time i click restart my computer, it freezes at blue windows is starting up screen....i hold down the power button turn it off and turn it back on again and it starts up flawlessly

then whenever i click restart again....it freezes....so basically i have to restart my computer twice every time to get in...help???

i have a dell XPS 420, 3gbram, 3.0 core 2, evga 8800GT

i have reformatted and reinstalled windows and it has not helped at all...perhaps its one of the windows updates that is screwing it up??

let me know any other information you guys needs...help

A:XP MCE freezes every other time at "windows is starting up screen"

Welcome to TSF....

Have you installed a new graphics card in this computer?

If not then try shutting the computer down and remove the cover of the computer and also the display(video) card and clean the traces off, and also use a can of compressed air to clean out the processor heatsink (DO NOT take the heatsink off the processor) also air out the rest of the inside of the enclosure as much as you can, oh to save your life do this outside if possible since you might get shot for making a mess inside the house.<g>

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I tried installing Windows 7 from the Windows 7 64-bit UEFI bootable flash drive, but after it loads the files and I get to the "starting Windows" screen, it freezes up. I have secure boot disabled. Any ideas? Thank you.

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I am having a problem with my Gateway desktop stopping loading at the "Windows is starting up" screen. The computer seems to be starting up fine but then just stops at this screen. It is not completely frozen as I can still move my mouse. I have tried starting it in Safemode but it still freezes on this screen. I have not recently installed any new hardware or software and am currently running Norton AV. I have Windows XP media edition installed and am completely baffled on what to do next. I am posting this from a friend's computer and would appreciate any help offered.


A:XP Freezes at "Windows is starting up" screen

It seems some of the files have become corrupt or you may have contracted a virus. Since you can't do a SFC /Scannow I would suggest doing a repair install. This will keep your files and settings intact. You can find how to do this here http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm.

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I upgraded my Intel Rapid Storage software, reset the computer and now it won't get passed the windows starting screen. The windows logo comes up then it freezes, I have tried leaving it for over an hour to see if it sorted itself out, and powered it off completely. Numerous re-boot attempts all the same result.

If I choose to boot windows with last known working configuration it will start up, and in the bottom right corner give me the error that Intel Rapid Storage is not running. If I then go into control panel and uninstall it the computer will boot just fine. At first I thought it maybe was a bad install of the software, but any re-install of the software does the same.

Strange since until I went to install the new version it worked perfectly fine, it has even saved me some data notifying me of S.M.A.R.T. failures in time for me to copy the data off the drive. I am running flexraid in snapshot mode and have it update nightly just in case, but I wouldn't mind getting the new version of the software to work unless the experts here think it is not necessary.


A:Windows hangs on "starting windows" screen after software install

Welcome aboard.

First you try SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot.

If it fails, boot into System Recovery Options and do a System Restore to an earlier point of time.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology is not anything really needed to run the computer. I have not even installed that thing in my system. If you totally uninstall it, it will not be a problem at all.

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Hello, all. I'm flirting with my sanity and have decided to finally reach out for help. I have been googling and searching these forums for the better part of 26 hours, yielding little in the way of results. I'm also browsing/typing with my cell phone; you might imagine nerve endings....

Anyhow, here's the story: OS is W7 x64 Ulti. oem disk in possession. Yesterday, I formatted c: then attempted to install OS. It installs without a hitch. After restart, process continues until right after "windows Is starting" display. The screen then goes black. The HDD activity LED goes to its intermittent blinking for system idle.

Attempting to restart via the smaller restart button case more often than not freezes machine. Using power button to cycle, same results all the way to the aforementioned screen.

In previous installation, I was dual booting Linux which lends to my suspicion of a corrupt MBR.

Startup recovery states that I may have plugged in some sort of peripheral - that's not the case though. I think it was referring to an instance when someone might leave in some sort of flash drive. Again, not the case.

I'm no where near a seasoned IT professional, but I've attempted everything that I know.

Diskpart shows two volumes and two partitions. The allotted sizes are correct, but it also states that both are "Primary " now, I wouldn't know any better, but I thought I would see the system partition read just that, system. Nevertheless... Read more

A:fresh install, stalls right after "windows starting" screen. mbr?

Quote: Originally Posted by nicksil

Hello, all. I'm flirting with my sanity and have decided to finally reach out for help. I have been googling and searching these forums for the better part of 26 hours, yielding little in the way of results. I'm also browsing/typing with my cell phone; you might imagine nerve endings....

Anyhow, here's the story: OS is W7 x64 Ulti. oem disk in possession. Yesterday, I formatted c: then attempted to install OS. It installs without a hitch. After restart, process continues until right after "windows Is starting" display. The screen then goes black. The HDD activity LED goes to its intermittent blinking for system idle.

Attempting to restart via the smaller restart button case more often than not freezes machine. Using power button to cycle, same results all the way to the aforementioned screen.

In previous installation, I was dual booting Linux which lends to my suspicion of a corrupt MBR.

Startup recovery states that I may have plugged in some sort of peripheral - that's not the case though. I think it was referring to an instance when someone might leave in some sort of flash drive. Again, not the case.

I'm no where near a seasoned IT professional, but I've attempted everything that I know.

Diskpart shows two volumes and two partitions. The allotted sizes are correct, but it also states that both are "Primary " now, I wouldn't know any better, but I thought I would ... Read more

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Having problems installing Windows 7 Home Premium from DVD on a newly built computer. When I run the Windows 7 Home Premium disc I get past "windows is loading files..." and then freeze on "starting windows" just after I see 4 little colored balls in the center of the screen. Here's what I've got: Monitor: Samsung T260HD 25.5in Rose/Black LCD w/ATSC HDD: 2 x Seagate 1.5TB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-3G Memory: Corsair Dominator 6144MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz (3x2) DVD: LG 22X DVDRW SATA Motherboard: ASUS P6TD Deluxe Intel X58 Socket LGA1366 MB Power Supply: Corsair 950w 80 Plus Power Supply GPU: 5850 is backordered, so am using an old Nvidia (6400 GT?) to attempt to install Windows OS: Windows 7 Home PremiumI've done lots of research and tried: 1. Using a PS2 keyboard/mouse 2. Disabling USB in bios 3. Disabling just about everything else in bios 4. Tried w/ 2MB, 4MB and 6MB ram Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

A:Windows 7 Install Hangs at "Starting Windows" Screen

Well, it turns out the problem was my Corsair 950TX PSU.  Someone on the Tom's Hardware forums tipped me off as he/she had the same mobo and PSU and ran into the same Win7 install problem.  So strange because I was able to boot to bios, Corsair makes good PSUs and 950 watts is way more than I need right now!
Tried a different PSU and Windows 7 booted without a hitch.  I may be a glutton for punishment because I went with another Corsair PSU, the 1000HX, but it's working fine.  RMAing the 950TX.Thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions and a happy Thanksgiving!

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I want to do a clean install of 64-bit Windows 7 Pro on the Intel R1304WTTGSR server (S2600W motherboard). The specs for this server say Windows 7 EFI is compatible and has been tested with this server. The server does not come with any O/S installed.

The firmware ("BIOS") is set to boot using EFI. AFAIK, this means it cannot boot using BIOS ("Legacy") mode.

When I boot the Windows installation disk (latest version of Windows 7 x64 ISO from Microsoft web site), using EFI, the screen shows first "Loading files", then "Starting WIndows". At this point:

- With nothing connected to the network ports (LAN), the system hangs. By "hangs" I mean nothing changing on the screen, no DVD or disk activity, no response to mouse or keyboard, and no response when front panel power button is pushed.

- With a CAT-5 (Ethernet) cable connected between network ports 1 and 2, the system proceeds with some animation of the Windows flag (fading and brightening), but other than this, the system hangs as above. The reason for connecting the network ports is that someone posted that there is a bug in the Windows 7 install disk network drivers, that they hang when nothing is connected.

In either case, waits of several hours does not matter--the system is frozen.

The system has the latest BIOS (version SE5C610.86B.01.01.0016). The server did not come with any software.

I have seen some suggestions that this kind of hang is due to ... Read more

A:Windows 7 EFI install hangs on "Starting Windows" screen

Are you using win 7 with sp1 or it wont work some other ides may help see https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...ased-computer/

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Good morning people of Seven Forums!

My laptop, which is an Acer Apsire V5-571P touchscreen Windows 8 laptop, for some reason I cannot install Windows 7 on another partition without any problems. So, I created a 135GB partition or so in Windows 8.1 and tried to boot off of the Windows 7 disk. The first problem occurs and I cannot boot from the disk. It gets stuck right when the Windows color balls are about to get together. I disabled secure boot and fast startup, which means it cannot be the problem. I figured out a nice workaround to the problem. I booted into Windows 8.1 and started the Windows 7 install from within Windows 8.1. The install went smoothly on the partition. Then, after one hour of installing and going through the 'Expand Windows Files' and stuff, boom! I'm stuck on "Starting Windows." Windows 8.1 is still bootable and a Windows 7 option is available on the graphical Windows Boot Menu. I have waited for up to 8 hours before and it still cannot boot past this screen. I have tried all sorts of Windows 7 disks with no avail. Many of them are disks that come from the Digital River ISOs provided here on Seven Forums. So, after about 3 installs, I decided to wait and wait until my computer goes past this step. But no. It has been stuck at "Starting Windows" for right under 14 hours now. I know from previous experiences that Windows does not take this long to install. My desktop took around 40-50 minutes to install, and I don't know what to do.... Read more

A:Windows 7 Clean Dual-Boot Installation is Stuck on "Starting Windows"

Are you installing to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums?

If UEFI you may need to enable CSM or LEgacy BIOS to get Win7 to install, set UEFI First to Boot. Then you must choose the UEFI DVD choice to boot the disk.

Otherwise you can Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7.

If this is a normal BIOS then look over these steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums which overcome 90% of installation failures. However since wiping the HD is the most effective step if that is all you haven't tried you might want to save a Win8 backup image so you can wipe the drive and reapply it afterward to its own partition, add it from Win7 using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). It may still require Windows 8 Automatic Repair from the 8 installation media to get it to boot.

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So after I have prepared the notebook for a user, I normally take a 'windows' image, (backup) before I SOPHOS encrypt. (as I have had this happen before). Since Windows did not load up on this notebook, I have applied the image twice after the notebook fails
to load windows, the third time,  I completely reformatted the drive (erased) and applied the image again. The notebook was working just fine before I applied SOPHOS and run fine before I apply SOPHOS.

Any ideas??

Christopher Espinoza MCDST(XP), MCITP(Win7)

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I found this forum by searching for my problem and someone made a post here seven months ago with the exact same problem, but the thread has been deleted.
"Hi all, this is my first post here and I really need help.
Im installing Win XP Pro (SP2) on a HP Pavilion zv6000 laptop. Everything runs fine until I start installing windows xp. The cd boots and the "Setup is loading files" goes through but then stalls at "Setup is starting windows". Waited for 2 hours just in case and still the same results.
From what I can gather this points to a hardware problem. I have tried different ram modules and removed the battery but all to no avail.
Could this be a processor or motherboard problem??"

I did everything the person above me did and then I took the hard drive out, reformatted it and tried installing XP SP2, Windows Home and the recovery cd supplied by HP. Every time it is gets to "Setup is Starting Windows" it freezes. I know the hard drive is working since I tested it in another computer. The reason I needed to reload XP is the notebook would load and get to the Windows XP loading screen and then freeze. It wouldn't boot in safe mode either.

Any ideas?



A:HP ZV 6000 freezes hangs at "Setup is Starting Windows"

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TL;DR: New laptop with Linpus Linux, can't install Windows from bootable USB, [title] among errors.

Hi. I'm quite desperate to make a forum post, so please help me, as I've been googling and trying all I could for the last 5 hours.

Bought new laptop(ACER ASPIRE E 15) and it came with a preinstalled Linpus Linux(no GUI), which has no DVD tray - so I have to install Windows through a bootable USB stick.

However, this is not the problem, as I've made a lot of bootable USB sticks before and never encountered these problems.

So, the problems:Trying to normally bootup results in windows doing some "Loading files" for a few seconds then going into "Starting windows" and the animation freezes after less than a second.
Trying to install windows in LEGACY MODE only allows me to pick between Linpus Linux (3.4.46) and Create a bootable USB disk - it does not detect the bootable USB.
Trying to boot with F12 gives the same animation freeze problem.

WHAT I'VE TRIED SO FAR(so you don't suggest things I've already done)disabled safe boot
disabled 3.0 usb port
enabled legacy mode
went back to UEFI mode
tried both FAT32 and NTFS file systems
tried a different USB port
plugged out any other device except for the bootable USB stick

I'm using RUFUS 2.11 and I will try with a different copy of Windows and a different stick after I get some sleep, so if you've got other ideas aside from those, please comment.

I am currently trying out the method in t... Read more

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When I boot my computer Windows freezes at the "Windows is starting..." screen but I can still move the mouse. This just began today. It does this same thing when I boot in the last good config and safe mode. So basically, Windows won't get past this screen no matter what mode I use.

Also, I can't reinstall XP because I get a technical error blue screen that says I may not have adequate disk space, a driver may need to be disabled, or I may need to change the video adapter whenever I try to boot from the install CD. The message also says "pci.sys."

I've had this computer for 1+ years with no problems. The only thing I can think of is that I was downloading a movie when I accidently turned off the computer at its power source earlier today. So the computer was turned off abruptly at its power source and has NOT gotten past the "Windows is starting..." screen since. Could this have ruined both of my memory cards?

I'm a beginner at the technical stuff on computers so help is definitely needed and appreciated. A step by step is preferred.

Dell Deminsion 9100
Intel Dual 2.8
2 Mem cards 1gig
XP Media edition sp2

A:"Windows is starting..." freezes with no options! Bad memory cards?

Could it be that I accidently burnt out the memory. Is that even possible?

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My laptop will not load, I have even tried to use the win 7 setup disc. Nothing is working and my screen is stuck on the blue setup is starting screen. It does not give me the agreement screen. I switched to make my cd/DVD rom load first still not loading. I tried safe mode and that doesn't go through either. My system does not pass the Short DST mode either

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Yesterday night my laptop installed an update and I remember it prompting me to restart my computer. Instead I chose the option to postpone the update. I erred when I forgot to restart my computer before going to sleep and instead had put it into sleep mode. Upon resuming windows, my screen was black and there was an error (which I failed to note but it was something about "logging in").

I tried force-powering off my laptop and upon reaching the "Windows Starting", I notice that the logo freezes. The computer appears unresponsive but after a couple of minutes, I am taken to my account log-in screen.

I read somewhere that this might be the result of a corrupt C file. Will a system restore fix the problem? (On the system restore there is a timestamp for "Windows Update" of type "Critical" that was installed around the time I postponed the restart). Is there a way I can scan my computer for corrupted files?

A:Freezes at "Windows Starting" Logo, then resumes normally?

Yes, there is a way.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

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On an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad T61.

It came with XP and due to recent issues with the wireless card, I've decided to upgrade to windows 7 and remove all the crap "ThinkAdvantage" software on it in the process.

At first I think I had a bad install disk, it gave me a storport.sys error. After switching to a new disk, it now gets further; it goes all through the "Starting Windows" just fine, and then goes to "Setup is Starting Services" (with the blue/bird background) and freezes.

Any advice?

A:Windows 7 x86 Freezes on "Setups is Starting Services"

Quote: Originally Posted by tguillea

On an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad T61.

It came with XP and due to recent issues with the wireless card, I've decided to upgrade to windows 7 and remove all the crap "ThinkAdvantage" software on it in the process.

At first I think I had a bad install disk, it gave me a storport.sys error. After switching to a new disk, it now gets further; it goes all through the "Starting Windows" just fine, and then goes to "Setup is Starting Services" (with the blue/bird background) and freezes.

Any advice?

Are the 2-150 gig drives configured in a RAID?

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I just started the computer, and as the title says, it freezes at "Starting Windows".

I cannot get it to the boot menu (to select "Safe Mode"). My options during bootup (by pressing the reset switch) are "Delete" or "F8". F8 gives me a boot menu which means I can choose which device to use for booting (SSD, HD, or bluray. The OS was installed on the SSD about 6 months ago with the HD disconnected.)

Using Delete just gets me to the BIOS screen.

Reset switch offers those two options, looks normal, then the MS "flag" icon appears from glowing specks, and "Starting Windows" appears.

My last /scannow scan was about 2 months ago.

I am at a loss as to how to repair/diagnose what to do next?

Any thoughts?


A:Computer freezes on "Starting Windows" at bootup

I've found that repeatedly pressing the reset switch gives me two options to boot: "Start up repair" or "Windows Normally"

"Windows Normally" led to the same hang/freeze.

"Start up repair" at least gave me a cursor and a sky-blue backdrop with artsy swirls. (A windows backdrop of some sort.) And then IT froze. For 45 minutes without a flicker from my SSD status light.

I quit, restarted (hard power cut), no change.

It would be nice to have a boot menu option to toggle "Safe mode". I don't know how to get that to appear.

Meanwhile, I disconnected the hard-drive ( D drive) and tried to reboot. Presto, magicko: it booted right up.

Now, I'm in the midst of a sfc/scannow check...

If that passes, I'll reconnect the D drive and see what happens.

+ Corrupted files were found: how do I find out how to fix them?
+ Re-running sfc /scannow: I'll do that 3x, reboot, do it another 3x.

(If, somehow, system files ended up on the D drive, how do I find them and delete them?)


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Well, I am trying to install xp on this good friend of mine's machine that took a dive last week. We replaced the motherboard, cpu, and memory. And afterwords for about 3 days, it seemed to function ok. Then it just quit booting. I told him we would need to reinstall windows. I was kind of shocked we did not have to in the first place. Anyways, So now I am trying to reinstall windows:

I can get it to boot from the windows cd, it goes through the standard list of drivers, and at the end says, "setup is starting windows"... Then it just hangs there indefinately. Typically after this, you get to the screen that asks you if you want to install windows, then you hit f8 to agree to there stuff, then you get to partition ect. I mention these things so you will know what part I am talking about.

I have tried a diferent disk, I have tried a windows home disk instead of pro, I have taken the drive out and tried a diferent drive, all with the same results... Any advice on what I can do from here, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Solved: Computer will not install windows xp. hangs on "setup is starting windows".

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I have been browsing this forum for about a day and have picked up lots of tips I thought would help but nothing is!

I recently got a new desktop computer with Windows 7 64-bit version 1.0 Everything has been working fine until yesterday when I downloaded some updated for Adobe and had to restart. Since then no matter what I do I get frozen on the Starting Windows screen, no logo shows up (I can't recall if it is supposed to) and just sits idle. I have tried booting in safe mode, went to ABO and tried to repair (when I do this it will load files and then go to the same Starting Windows screen), and have tried any other options that seemed relevant. I have also used F5 and those options do the same thing. It did come with a Recovery disk but when I try to boot from this it just gets frozen on the Loading Files screen!

Because it is so new I really don't have anything that I can't get again, is there a way that I can format in my predicament? I am hoping there is a way I can get into DOS and initiate it, just don't know how. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!!

A:Freezes on "Starting Windows" no matter what I do!

Welcome and try this

Go to search
type cmd
Do not hit enter
run as adminsitrator

Now put in DOS commands and let us know.

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Ok this is a new build computer.
Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200 Skt 775
ECS P4M900T-M2 Motherboard
2GB PC2-5300 667MHZ 667 5300 DDR2
LITEON DH-20A4P Black 20X Dual Layer DVDRW
450w PSU


Ok when i put in teh Win xp disc its starts loading teh file etc.. and then when done after i press enter and "Setup is starting windows" its freezes andi get liek A black dot and a few like patterns on the screen or soemtimes teh screen just goes mad liek with different colourd patterns but ontop of the blue "Setup is starting windows" screen ive checked teh disc and made a copy both work fine checked teh CD rom works fine put a diffremnt cd rom drive in and made no difference cant check ram because my computer doesnt take DDR2. ive put diffrent IDE harddives in with and without a SATA convoertor and the same thing happens with the "Setup is starting windows" dont know what else to do...?

also when i start the computer up before i boot from cd or anything after all that (without booting from CD) i get a BSOD code 0x07B.

I Would very much appreciated some help...

A:Win XP freezes at "Setup is starting windows"

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On a sony Vaio, whenever I boot the computer, it freezes on "Windows is starting up..." for about 2 minutes. Then, it loads the user names in safe mode...or, in normal mode, it proceeds to freeze on "Welcome". When I click a user name while in safe mode, the computer restarts. I can't get in in safe mode, and I can't boot to CD (it's a laptop with an external CD-ROM drive that's not booting correctly).

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I'm building an MAME arcade on a windows machine. To connect the joystick and arcade keys, I use IPAC4 Ultimarc controller. When windows is on and I connect the controller to USB, the controller is detected as a keyboard and everything works fine.
The problem is when I start the system and have the controller connected to the usb drive. The system is stuck at screen "Starting Windows" (even the 4 squares doesn't show-up). As soon as I unplug the controller the windows starts loading fine.
I have to plug the controller after windows is up.
I am looking for a solution to start windows without any issues and detect the controller automatically.
Appreciate any suggestions.

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So I just built my new pc 2 days ago my computer will boot up but I get a realllllly long "starting windows" screen sometimes it just freezes there and I have to hard reset it, if it passes that then it goes into a disk check where it freezes every time after all 3 steps are done any suggestions?

A:windows 7 long "starting windows" screen time and froze disk check

I am assuming you are not able to get to the desktop ??

Are you able to get to safemode ??

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I'm trying to repair Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 English + Polish MUI but on the last step where all personal files are restored, about 600000 of 800000 them are restored then installer tells it needs reboot.

After reboot it freezes on "Starting Windows" and nothing is going on.

Please see my logs and help.

A:Windows 7 Ulimate 64-bit repair install freezing on "Starting Windows"

800k of personal files seems like a lot. Perhaps the install program can't handle that many. I would suggest moving your personal files to another device such as an hdd or flash drive and then attempt to repair Windows.

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Hello, I have a desktop here where any type of OS installations won't work. If installing Windows the installation get stuck at "Starting Windows" or can't find installation media.During the hang, my hard drive makes a clicking noise for like 10 secs and then stops. If installing Linux distributions, the installation reports that the device for the media is not ready. Any help is appreciated

Acer Aspire AX1430G-UW30P
AMD E-450 dual core processor
AMD Radeon HD 6300 graphics

BTW im not sure if it's BIOS because I don't know if it's UEFI or EFI

A:Windows installation stuck at "Starting Windows" or "Device not ready" for linux

The clicking sound could be a bad HDD.

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Hi, i was simply surfing through ESPN and youtube when I realized that my Laptop (Gateway NV79) was running quite slowly and then after a while it completely froze. I couldn't do anything, nothing i did would work . So unfourtunantly i had to hard shutdown it.
And here's what happened after i rebooted it, It comes up with two options
1. Start Startup Repair(Recommended)
2. Start Windows Normally

-I go to "Start windows Normally" and it goes to boot up normally, but then after the Windows 7 logo appears it just stays there and nothing happens
-I go Launch Startup Repair and it says loading files, but then it goes to a black screen with the logo © Micosoft Corporation and nothing happens

-I tried F8 advanced boot but it doesnt do anything
-I tried safe mode with networking, it says loading files and please waitt but even after 10 mins it just stays the same
-I dont have win 7 CD
Please assist me if you can I am in dire need.

A:My computer wont get past the windows 7 "starting windows" screen

I think I would run memory and hard drive diagnostics. Maybe included in your BIOS (Setup) or Recovery partition or set of Recovery DVDs tools. Memtest86+ is a popular test. The hard drive manufacturer usually has the best diagnostics for it.

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I can't think of anywhere else.

This is going to be long, but hopefully all the information will help. Last week, I attempted to recover my Western Digital My Book Essential 1 TB (this is the second time recovering it, but I'll figure that out once I deal with this problem) using Stella Phoenix Data Recovery. I formatted the My Book, no problem, and let the Recovery wizard run. It was running for a good 3 or 4 days up until now. Since it was taking to long, I just let it run and check on it when I get home.

Today, I come home, and I see the My Book idling, so I know my computer blue screened, or it restarted somehow. I turn the monitor back on, and I'm greeted with the American Megatrends screen. It lists all my hardware, and everything seems fine. It says to press Del to resume, so I do, and that gets me to the BIOS page. I hit Exit to save changes, and expect Windows to start, but nope: the computer restarted.

Bewildered, I went through the same American Megatrends page and the BIOS page three times with the same result. I tried changing my boot drive to my SSD, then my secondary hard drive (also had Windows 7 installed), then my DVD drive. Nothing worked. I called a friend and helped trouble shoot, asked me to reset my BIOS (couldn't find that setting), asked me to remove the SSD to see if that was the problem, and it still didn't work. Then, I noticed a message at the bottom of the American Meg... Read more

A:Windows 7 won't start, hangs on "Starting Windows" screen, no logo

Update: Last night, I think the Startup Repair option finally worked but I wasn't watching the whole time. It asked me to recover so I said yes. When I returned 15 minutes later, it was at the login screen so I punched in my password and got to the desktop. However, Windows said it needed to restart for some changes to take place. I hit okay, and when it restarted, it hung on the "Starting Windows" with no logo again. I will try again today, but does anyone have any suggestions?

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I have problem with Windows 7 booting on my laptop (Asus). Windows 7 stop responding/freeze at "Starting Windows" - before starting animation:

I was format PC again, and worked good, but when I installed drivers, and need restart, again freeze at "starting windows".

When freeze, I can't boot in windows trough Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, System Restore, only with System Image Recovery.

I installed some drivers and work good, but when I install some programs like Google Chrome, Photoshop, WinRar etc. again freeze.

Please Help Me !!!

A:Win 7 freezes at "Starting Windows"

Do you have lot of start-up programs? If not scan your laptop by using rescue disk.

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So recently my laptop started to act up; freezing, really long start-up times, etc. It's gotten to the point where I can't start windows. After some research, I've decided to run Disk Check and System File Checker from the Recovery Console to see if that helps with the problem. If not I am just going to do a clean install of windows 7.

I'm trying to boot the windows installation from a USB drive. I am doing this because the computer in question is the only one I have with a disk drive, so I can not burn an installation disk. I do not own an installation disk or a recovery disk, as the computer did not ship with one. I have integrated the USB 3.0 drivers I need into the installation, since the only USB 2.0 port on the computer is broken.

When I boot from the USB it gets past the "Starting windows" screen, and then hangs on a black screen with a cursor. I can move the cursor around, but no matter how long I wait, it does not progress past this point.

I have noticed, however, that I only encounter this problem when my Hard Drive is recognized in the bios. When I changed the bios settings to troubleshoot and my hard drive stopped being recognized in the bios, the USB booted up without a hitch, but since I couldn't see my hard drive, I couldn't do anything. I have since switch the settings back, my hard drive is once again recognized, and the problem is still happening.

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A:Windows 7 Install hangs after "Starting Windows" when booting from USB

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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 Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US
Dell - Support

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So, I just put together my new system and after a few days of messing with settings in the BIOS trying to get windows 7 to install properly, I figured its time to make a thread.

Intel i7 930
3x2gb Patriot Viper DDR 1333 (only using 2gb for install)
1 x 150gb (brand new) VelociRaptor
1 x 150gb (3 years old) Raptor
1 x 300gb (5 years old) caviar
1 x 1tb (brand new) caviar
Geforce 260 GTX
3 optical drives (i've tried installing on all 3, with no success)
I had vista on it fine from the old raptor, but i decided I'll upgrade to win7, put the OS on the old raptor and programs / games on the new raptor (in 2 partitions).

Everything installs fine (after disabling the floppy in the BIOS) but when I get to "Starting Windows" on the 2nd reboot (after completing installation is finished) it just hangs. The little dots all come together to make the windows logo, it waves around once or twice, then just stops. I've left it running overnight and it doesn't budge - trust me, its frozen.

If I boot it in safe mode, it freezes at classpnp.sys and after a few minutes tells me that setup is not yet complete and that I have to restart.

Things I've tried:
* I'm using only 2gb of memory
* I've tried to install on both the raptor and velociraptor (to test if something was wrong with the drive(s))
* disabled floppy in BIOS
* set hdd S.M.A.R.T. compatibility to enabled
* set hdd mode to AHCI
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A:New Build, Install Hangs "Starting Windows" 2ND reboot

One of the first things you might try is remove any unnecessary devices. Three optical drives might qualify for that requirement.

You might also remove the extra drives to get your system down to the basics.

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After following the tutorials on the site to get windows on a flash drive or dvd, i used that to run the installer. sadly, after you hit "start to install" it goes into a seemingly infinite setup is starting cycle where ultimately nothing happens.
any solutions would be appreciated
also, i read somewhere that i can fix this with cmd by using this
At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)
however, after typing diskpart my cmd does not let me type anything else, effectively rendering this useless.. also regarding the infinite loop startup repair guide here it didnt let me issue any commands after typing D:

thanks in advance, help is much appreciated!

A:Install windows stuck on "setup is starting", cmd won't use commands

It sounds like you might have a faulty installer - try writing the ISO to USB again.

Be sure you get the iso here:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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I think it has something to do with the Harddrive. It used to have 2 hard drives set in RAID and I took one hard drive out and just have one. I'm pretty sure I took out the RAID config but I'm not sure.
But I do fresh install after fresh install and the whole thing takes 30 mins to do everything and when I try to start windows it says Starting Windows for 10+ mins and its never done this before. Im not sure if this happened when I removed the hard drive or not. And also when I start the computer is says like No harddrive found but still boots up and takes me to windows, and my Hard drive shows in the BIOS.

Please please pelase help me lol. I've been at this for 3 weeks now trying to find out a solution. This has nothing to do with a virus, etc. Its fresh installs. I've tried new Hard Drives and the same thing happens, I tried Windows 8 and the same thing happens. I think it has something to do with the RAID which I don't know how to access to delete or it has something to do with the BIOS but I reset that back to factory so I'm not sure.


EDIT: I also haven't added any new hardware.

A:Fresh Install, "Starting Windows" Takes 10+ mins

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Hi to all

Hopefully I would find help here.
I have bought a new machine with 4GB ram, 500GB HD, Intel DG41KR motherboard and Intel G41 Graphics Card.
I received the machine with Windows 7 installed, but wanted to format and install XP since I would not be able to upgrade my screen reading softwares (I am totally blind) and other necessary stuff are too much for my little budget. I can not go on with 7 since they are not that compatible. So I planned to install XP.
The problem is that XP can not be installed on the machine. Everything is ok till a screen with the sentence "Setup is starting windows" appears and seems to stay till the end of life. By googling there were suggestions to replace the HD, I replaced it with newer one and nothing changed. Others suggested that might be due to falty ram, also replaced with no change. Some other suggestions recommended burning new XP and installing the one that is new and no change. I unplugged all devices; keyboard, mouse, speakers, everything unnecessary for the installation procedure to go on but all were in vain.
I disabled all devices in the BIOS and the problem is the same. No change.
And to narrow things down:
1. I changed sata mode to native, so that the problem is not in the correct SATA, SCASi, RAID, IDE AHCI, ICH etc drivers. Even I integrated the compatible SATA drivers and burned them into the XP disc and there were no change.
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A:Can't install XP on computer; stuck on "Setup is starting windows"

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As it says in the subject line.

The "Starting Windows" freezes seem to me to be ******************entirely arbitrary.*****************************************

Here's my installation notes to date. The line where it says "SYSTEM RESTORE" is the point at which I restored the computer to after installing some software and having the "Starting Windows" issue recur.

As you can see, I check the Event Viewer with ************************every boot.****************

The only Error and Critical events are (generally) Power events when I am forced to reboot manually due to a "Starting Windows" freeze.

------------------INSTALLATION NOTES-------------------------------------
Installation notes:
Installed Win7 -- OK
SP1 -- OK (triple restart)
Various mobo drivers -- OK
Other updated -- OK (triple restart)
GeForce 8800 drivers -- OK
(triple restart = 3*R)
Java -- OK (3*R)
Reinstalled E drive: ((plugged the power and data cable back in for my old data drive)))
1 freeze
2 restarts OK
2 full power down and restart OK
***************************************************SYSTEM RESTORE********************
Security updates for .NET framework x3
2 restarts OK
No errors or critical events in Event Viewer on restarts
Shut down and boot: 7:29 a.m.
Event Viewer: no errors or critical
except LegacyUinstaller (EventID 0)
Installing: M-Audio Delta 44 Driver 6.05
Shut down and boot 7:56 a.m.
Emptied recycle bin
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A:New HD, new Win7x64 install, freeze on "Starting Windows," *no* Events

I installed Speccy; what the heck. Doesn't really matter WHAT I install at this point, really, does it?


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Let me first address a few things:

- I have read extensively on this topic, using guides such as this to determine whether or not I have bootable media for UEFI, which I do.

- I have both an original, unused Windows 7 Pro w/ SP1 x64 install DVD, connected through the USB 2.0 external DVD burner that was provided by the computer manufacturer, as well as a 4gb USB 2.0 stick that I created using Rufus (the settings are all correct and specified for UEFI/GPT/FAT32 and all that) and slipstreamed with Intel's USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 7 x64. Both devices boot and give me the same result: the freeze at "Starting Windows," where the dots start moving around momentarily before freezing in place.

- Booting the DVD in Safe Mode still gives me a freeze. The last "Loaded:" item in the list is disk.sys.

- I've seen it mentioned that some NVIDIA cards have had issues with UEFI and/or Windows 7 booting/installation, so I tried switching off the "switchable graphics" option in my bios so that my system would run using the integrated Intel graphics (which I would assume it had been doing anyway). Still the same result either way.

- I am not dual-booting, nor do I have any desire to use legacy bios if it's going to stick me in an infinite boot loop like the last time I tried that. My laptop, a Lenovo Y700-15ISK, has no option to use any "UEFI + Compatibility" option--I am only given the choice between one or the other.

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A:Win7x64 UEFI-boot install hangs at "Starting Windows" on Skylake

Quote: Originally Posted by Jawn

Enabled: "When load default values, will load pure UEFI mode default values. Win8 and later OS support pure UEFI mode"
Disabled: "When load default values, will load legacy support mode default values."

Windows 7 does not support pure UEFI mode.

Quote: Originally Posted by Jawn

My laptop, a Lenovo Y700-15ISK


Y700 15ISK - How to install windows 7 64bit?

Probably too late, but this helped me... https://downloadcenter.intel.com/dow...reator-Utility make usb installation of windows and run this program... in bios boot set legacy... that?s all and easy.

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Hi,I am attempting to install windows 7 x64 onto my pc and it hangs at the "Setup is Starting..." screen.  I waited for the screen to go away overnight but to no avail.  My system's specs are: Phenom II x3 720 beMSI 790GX-G65 Motherboard with integrated video and the latest bios2 Gigs of ram (going to expand to 6)640 gig Seagate sata hard drive in IDE modefirewire and integrated audio have been disabledusb enabled but usb compatibility mode disabledno floppy drive and it has been disabled onboard lan has been disabledThere was an instance where the installation got past that screen and asked me to choose a drive to install but none were selectable.  I used seagates utility to set up the drive with ntfs but that didn't solve the issue.  Is there anything else that I should try? 

A:Windows 7 Install is stuck at "Setup is Starting"

Hi,You can run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, it will tells you about any known compatibility issues.  If you have 64-bit version of Windows XP installed, trying to perform Upgrade install and check if the issue persists. Thomas Lin

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I am working on an e-machines laptop running Windows 7 Premium which stopped responding for my cousin. I ran diagnostics on the system (mem test 86, HD sector tests) all showed good. When I boot the Win 7 cd it copies the win files and then hangs on "setup is starting" the blue circle is turning and the cursor is moveable but no progress.
Any help would be appreciated on troubleshooting.

A:Windows 7 re-install hangs on "setup is starting"

hi please read this.http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...8IGgDQ&usg=AFQjCNHTTWZzSbYCUT04Xsmu6sws9aqy2Q

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I have an Intel 945GTP motherboard running XP Pro on a SATA HDD that, until last week, worked just fine. Then, it decided not to boot up one morning, in either regular or safe mode.
It won't boot from the CDROM drive either.
It does boot from floppy.
I've replaced RAM, taken out all non-essential hardware, replaced HDD cables.
HDD can be recognised in another system.
Mouse and KB are not usb.
I removed the HDD partition, intending to reload XP, but the load hangs on "setup is starting windows" and never goes anywhere - i left it overnight, just to be sure.
I repartitioned and reformatted using a 98 disk, just for kicks, to see if it'd work. Yep, boots to c:\>
HDD manufacturer's diagnostic reports no errors.
I have put in another, new SATA HDD, as well as a new IDE HDD. SAME issue.

A:XP install hangs on "setup is starting windows"

Well, it turns out that when I changed the motherboard, the problem went away.

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Hello forums people,

OS: Windows 7 professional
motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M LE
CPU: AMD Athlon II x4

I've been wrestling with this all day.
Yesterday I re-installed Windows 7 professional 64 bit to get rid of 5 years of clutter. I was unable to install the OS with both 2GB sticks of RAM and my geForce 460 video card in.

I took out one RAM stick and the video card and installed the OS. Today, I am unable to start windows with the second RAM stick or the video card in.

To check the RAM sticks, I have put each RAM stick individually into each of the two RAM slots on the motherboard without a problem, I only have the problem when both sticks are in.

The BSOD occurs in the exact same way as when I boot with the video card installed. I get to the "starting windows" screen, the little colored balls animate for a moment and then freeze. Then I go to the bsod where I am told acpi.sys is responsible. The way that two pieces of hardware individually cause the same crash makes me think that it is not a problem with the video card or the motherboard physically either.

I have updated my BIOS today to the latest version. I have run the windows 7 startup repair from my intall CD, it failed at the "System Files Integrity Check and Repair" test with error code 0x490

I am unable to boot in safe mode with 2 RAM sticks or the video card.

I'm looking up cmd windows memory tests I can do, as well as updating the chipset now. I would appreciate any direction,


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A:BSOD during "starting windows" after fresh install

Hello there!

It does sound like Hardware but the best way to test the RAM is using the program called MemTest86+ follow this article Run Hardware Diagnostic : Hardware Diagnostic | Captain Debugger (RAM and GPU)

This driver Bs_def.sys i.e. BIOS Flash Driver is a driver file from company AsusTek Computer Inc. maybe it's good idea to re-flash the BIOS.


Debug session time: Thu Nov 8 05:48:46.112 2012 (UTC + 5:30)
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\Shyam\SysnativeBSODApps\110712-4291397729-01.dmp]
Built by: 7601.17514.amd64chk.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850
System Uptime: 49 days 16:37:00.011 (checked kernels begin at 49 days)
BugCheck 3B, {c0000420, fffff8000270a11b, fffff88007270a00, 0}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for BS_DEF.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for BS_DEF.sys
Probably caused by : BS_DEF.sys ( BS_DEF+1109 )
Bugcheck code 0000003B
Arg1: 00000000c0000420, Exception code that caused the bugcheck
Arg2: fffff8000270a11b, Address of the instruction which caused the bugcheck
Arg3: fffff88007270a00, Address of the context record for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg4: 0000000000000000, zero.
BiosVersion = 0507
BiosReleaseDate = 02/23/2010
SystemManufacturer = System manufacturer
SystemProductName = System Product Name
?????????????????????????????????????????????????... Read more

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I purchased my laptop in January and I'm not really sure what happened, I must have been struck by a pretty bad virus or something because I had a lot of protection and ran regular scans. But anyway, one day I booted up my computer and it said error recovery or something a prompted me to repair my pc but I choose start windows normally, and it loaded normally but just before it could get to the login screen a blue screen error flashed for a split second then my laptop restarted and took me to the error screen again. when I try repair my computer, it takes me tow blank lie screen,ole the login screen, with a cursor in the middle, but no dialog box. I left this running for up to 3 days, so it's definitely not just loading. so I decided my computer is pretty much screwed, and searched for my installation disc it came with. (windows was already preinstalled so I'd never used it before. on startup I pressed f12 and booted from cd rom, then it said press any key and took me to a loading screen, which took about 5 minutes and then to the installation screen. I said my language is English, choose uk English etc. then it says install now or repair your computer. when I click the repair option, I am taken to the same blank blue screen from before. when I press install it says setup is starting... and the loading cursor is spinning, so I know it's not frozen. I left it for half an hour, tried again, and this time left it for 11 hours, but still no setup has started. ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Install is stuck at "Setup is Starting"

It probably isn't a virus or any kind of malware if you are experiencing issues when attempting a fresh Windows installation.
It's possible the hard drive has developed a fault, despite being only six-months old. You should test it to confirm if this is the case.

Download SeaTools for DOS from here (click Downloads): http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

Now download & install (on a working PC of course) IMGBurn from here: http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn/
Use IMGBurn to create a CD from the SeaTools for DOS ISO CD-Image File.
Now boot your laptop from that CD and SeaTools for DOS will eventually appear on the screen.
Select your laptop's hard drive and test it using the long/extended test if available.

Hopefully the drive will pass the test, but at least you can then move on to troubleshoot the problem elsewhere, confident in the knowledge that it's not a faulty hard drive that's causing it. So testing it is definitely not a waste of time.

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The other day I was afk while listening to loud music from my computer.
Suddenly the speakers began screaming in a high pitch and when I got to my computer it had frozen.
I tried to reboot it, but it simply froze at the Windows loading screen with the floating balls of light and the text: "Starting Windows".
I have also tried booting from the Windows 7 Installation DVD, but it freezes at the loading screen once again.

I then tried to use the Startup Repair Tool, only to find Windows freezing at the loading screen again.

When trying to reboot in safe mode, it freezes again, just after having loaded "disk.sys"

These are the things I have tried so far:
- I have run memory tests using Memtest86.
- I have run hard disk drive tests using SeaTools
- No errors were found.
- I removed the sound card from the MB, with same boot result.
- I have reset the BIOS
- I booted with 2GB of RAM instead of my standard 4GB

Anyone who can think of other things I should try?

A:Windows freeze on boot at "Starting Windows" and "LOADED ...\disk.sys"

Suggest you run SFC. {Option 2}
You may need to run it at least 3 times.
Let us know the report at the end please.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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