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Cosmin    23

Hy. I wish to install Windows 7 SP1 trial on my friends computer but something wierd happends. After choosing boot primary device and restart..it comes back to bios and nothing happends. So it won't boot from usb drive. Here are the files that have been transfered to the stick..which could be the trick?

 

- also.. for Windows 7 SP1 is the latest addition? No SP2 actually available ?

Thanks!

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+i11usive    6,086

You also need to run DISKPART and mark the partition on the USB stick as active. Then you need to go to a command prompt, change into the BOOT directory on the Windows 7 installation media and run BOOTSECT /NT60 X: where X is the drive letter of your usb stick

 

DISKPART

Click Start, type in CMD and press <enter>

Type in DISKPART and press <enter>

Type in LIST DISK and press <enter>

Type in SELECT DISK x where x is the disk number from the previous step and press <enter>

Type in SELECT PARTITION 1 and press <enter>

Type in ACTIVE and press <enter>

Type in EXIT and press <enter>

 

BOOTSECT

From the command prompt, type in X: where x is the drive letter of your Windows 7 installation media and press <enter>

Type in CD BOOT  and press <enter>

Type in BOOTSECT /NT60 X: where x is the drive letter of your USB stick and press <enter>

 

That should do it...

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Cosmin    23

Well.. haven't understood exacly further steps.. should I simply copy win7 setup files to stick ?

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+i11usive    6,086

Type EXIT <enter> at that screen.

 

Then navigate to the CD drive / mounted ISO you copied the installation files from. So if in Windows Explorer it's on D: drive, then type in D: <enter> at the command prompt, then CD\BOOT <enter>, then BOOTSECT /NT60 X: <enter> where X is the drive letter of your USB stick, which you should also be able to see from Windows Explorer.

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Cosmin    23

Well..succeed copying files from usb in install enviroment..but after I change to boot from ssd it gives me : BOOTMGR is missing/Press ctrl+alt+del to restart.. :|. Any solution for this ? Thanks a lot :(

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+i11usive    6,086

Did you manage to run the BOOTSECT /NT60 X:

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Cosmin    23

no..saw your post too late :(

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+i11usive    6,086

Boot back into Windows - you can run the command after the event. What is the drive letter of your CD - from where you copied the installation files - and the USB stick?

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Cosmin    23

well.. windows has been formatted and it gives me that error if I boot from ssd where new install is.. but the installation files are on .. E drive..and the USB stick was on G..startup repair from W7 setup won't do the job?

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Cosmin    23

Tried with startup repair but no luck..cause o.s. is not installed totally . So I should do the job with one of those tools and after reinstall o.s.?

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+i11usive    6,086

So, you've managed to boot from USB and format the system drive - did Windows not install correctly?

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Cosmin    23

I quess.. cause after install process copied the files to ssd..required restart (boot from ssd now) and gived me that error. So the install process is not finished..but booting from ssd.. :|

* no error was reported during install process.

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kala-kas    61

You also have regular hard drive in there? Might be that its trying to boot from there, safer to disconnect that while installing Windows.

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Cosmin    23

I have one hdd also.. but this is the second time I install o.s. on ssd and haven't had such problems.

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Rippleman    2,701

As someone above suggested, use the program called Rufus. Easy and done.

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Cosmin    23

So I should make again the bootable usb with the iso and reinstall o.s. ?

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Cosmin    23

Finally succeed.. but I realize that one partition from my hdd seems to be hidden.. how do I get it back ?

Thanks for all your efforts!

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+warwagon    9,934

Finally succeed.. but I realize that one partition from my hdd seems to be hidden.. how do I get it back ?

Thanks for all your efforts!

 

Can you right click the one not showing up and give it a drive letter?

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Cosmin    23

Yes.. that did the trick but one more wierd thing happends..

If I choose as fist boot device the SSD with C: drive it gives me that bootmgr missing error.. If I let the HDD as first boot or even the .. usb stick it goes well..so it starts with o.s. from ssd even it's not set as first boot device.. now this gives me a bit more worry than I've expected..In rest..all seems ok now but.. any suggestion is welcome.

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kala-kas    61

Ah I guess the deal here is that... um, you had OS on HDD before? So therefore it was first one even before, therefore it installed bootloader to HDD instead of SSD. Sort of missing the point of SSD in that case, since at bootup it still has to look HDD for bootloader.

 

Safer would have been to disconnect HDD for installation.

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Cosmin    23

No.. it hasn't been installed on hdd before..it was on ssd all time. What can be done now? Probably if I'll disconnect hdd now it will give me that error again :D.. The wierd thing is that on first install all was pretty fine from A to .. Z.

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kala-kas    61

No.. it hasn't been installed on hdd before..it was on ssd all time. What can be done now? Probably if I'll disconnect hdd now it will give me that error again :D.. The wierd thing is that on first install all was pretty fine from A to .. Z.

 

Not sure you can easily move bootloader from HDD to SSD. Not sure, might be some way with EasyBCD, but if you're not too far in configuring new installation, I'd suggest to reinstall.

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