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Problems booting an unattended Windows installation from a partition

Question: Problems booting an unattended Windows installation from a partition

I have been given the challenge to make a way to install Windows without any installation media and without having to even touch the computer while it's installing. So far I've made a .wim image with the help of this guide and I've made an Autounattend.xml file with the help of this guide. I put the install.wim image in the \sources directory on a flash drive and the Autounattend.xml file in the root of the flash drive, and it does exactly what I want it to - all except it's not on a partition. So I move it to a partition and add a boot entry using EasyBCD. It boots fine, but it acts like the Autounattend.xml file isn't even there. So right now I have the choice of hands free installation with media, or manual installation without media. My main question is why the Autounattend.xml file isn't working when I boot the same media from a partition. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Answer: Problems booting an unattended Windows installation from a partition

Is this some sort of school project? I can't vouch for anyone else, but I would feel terrible if I gave you information that basically did the project for you.

Usually people do this with Windows PE. Have you checked it out?

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I have problem to install Windows 10 with an unattended xml file. Following error message appear "No images are available." Below the text is the content of my unattended xml file. I have also attached an picture about error message. Can someone help me with this problem?


Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>fi-FI</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
<UserLocale>fi-FI</UserLocale>
<UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/St... Read more

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I have problem to install Windows 10 with an unattended xml file. Following error message appear "No images are available." Below the text is the content of my unattended xml file. I have also attached an picture about error message. Can someone help me with this problem?


Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>fi-FI</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
<UserLocale>fi-FI</UserLocale>
<UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/St... Read more

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Goooood morning!!
Let's see who can solve these two problems:

1) Someone wants to enter Audit Mode in unattended installation;
follows these instructions (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...=ws.10%29.aspx)
and naturally nothing happens... Why?

2) Someone wants to make unattended installation using imagex /apply switch but even if unattend.xml contains
informations about location, language, etc. setup still asks to specify... Any idea?

Microsoft makes me

Answer:Problems/Bugs related to Windows Unattended Installation

Hey, nobody does unattended installation?

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In this article I am going to provide you with a basic example of how to perform an unattended installation of Windows XP. This will get you started in customizing the way Windows XP is setup. If you choose to further customize the way Windows XP is setup, there is plenty of documentation on the internet to help you with some of the more advanced tools available. I will provide you with some informational links throughout this article to possibly answer any other questions you might have.



An Unattended Installation is a hands-free method of installing Windows XP. This is convenient for system administrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs), users who install Windows XP on many computers or who frequently install Windows XP on the same computer.


I will show you step by step how to supply Windows XP Setup with all of the information that you the “End User” is prompted to provide during a typical Windows setup in a scripted file called the answer file. The answer file basically fills in the text portion of the setup and can even setup options that you would normally spend most of your day doing after a “typical” or normal Windows install. Even if you do not know the first thing about scripting, Microsoft has generously included the tools you need on your Windows XP CD. If you’re using Windows 2000, you can follow this guide also. The tools are pretty much the same.

First of all we need to make sure you are able to perfo... Read more

Answer:Windows XP Unattended Installation

Type of answer file to be used:



Windows Unattended Installation - Unattended installations use setup scripts to answer installation questions and to automate the Setup process. This simplifies the installation of the operating system.



Sysprep Install (System Preparation Tool) - Disk imaging, which is also known as cloning. This is a timesaving way to install Windows XP on multiple computers that use identical or similar hardware configurations.



Remote Installation Services (RIS) - Enables you to perform a clean installation of Windows XP Professional on multiple computers throughout a network. You can simultaneously deploy the operating system on multiple clients from one or more remote locations.



For now, we are going to choose the “Windows Unattended Installation” option.



Windows Platform - Which Version of Windows XP are you going to install? For me that would be “Windows XP Professional”.



User Interaction during Windows Setup:



Fully automated - This option will not prompt you for any information.



Provide defaults - This option will fill in the info you supply but you will be able to change it if you choose to.



Hide pages - This option does pretty much the same thing as the fully automated with the exception of letting you see the Setup Wizard.



Read only - This option does pretty much the same thing as the “Provide defaults” option with the exception that you would not be able to chan... Read more

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Hi, all!

Is there a way to set up an unattended installation of Windows XP Professional, where I do not have to keep entering the product ket, setting the network settings...? Thanks!
 

Answer:Unattended Installation of Windows XP

I ran across a MS article that should help, see: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/evaluation/casestudies/bcgovt.asp
 

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I"m currently working on a unattended windows xp installion disc.. I've completed most of the steps following pcstats guide, but some questions that I've developed inorder to maybe delete some unneeded files when making the plug N play drivers part of the setups.. Things such as my sound card for instance, what file/s would I really need to place in the $oem$\$1\drivers\audio folder? I've extracted the files from Sound blasters Driver pack which has the .exe extentions Originating name of EAX4DRV Audigy2 1 84 50.exe

When extracted using winxip, I get three folders: CTShared, Drivers,License Can I exclude any of these from the boot disc i'm working or are they all required for windows to continue with the installation? Knowing which files are actually the drivers windows needs will help me tramendiously in smoothing the rest of this out....

Am I required to do this? Nope, but being I sometimes have to do reinstalls and having to click and reinstall the same old crap gets really boring, and I know folks who tend to hose their box all the time due to ignorance and virus's.. So learning the proper methods of doing this will definately be a life saver for me.

My thanks to anyone who has any info on this, or linkage even..

Btw, the Link to the page i've been following.
 

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just asking if i'll use this script in my unattended install of windows 7 with oem key,according to microsoft using this script in unattended windows 8 install with oem key will disable it:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825167.aspx
what if will be done in unattended windows 7 install?
 

Answer:Setupcomplete.cmd In Unattended Windows 7 Installation

sounds like good:
i just already tried "unattended windows 7 install"
first integrate all updates about 151 updates,IE 11,its updates,security updates for .net 3.5 using NTlite
create silent installers for .net 4.5.2and its updates
here is my setupcomplete.cmd:
@echo off
pushd %~dp0
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB2979578-v2-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP452-KB2901907-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB2972107-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB2972216-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB2978128-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3023224-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3035490-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3037581-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3074230-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3074550-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3098781-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3122656-x86_silent.exe
start /wait %systemdrive%\Apps\NDP45-KB3127229-x86_silent.exe
ECHO.
ECHO Deleting Temp Installation Files...
RD /S /Q %systemdrive%\Apps
del /q /f "%WINDIR%\Setup\Scripts\SetupComplete.cmd"
EXIT
put it in $oem$ $$ setup scripts folder"with OOBE.cmd
all went smoothly my activation is ok
exactly setupcomplete.cmd was running in"windows finalizing........."time
now i'll preparing unattended windows 10 pro
feedback... Read more

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OK, I'm trying to figure this one out, but at this point it's looking like the Windows installer simply cannot perform the funtion I want. I've gotten it to automatically partition the disk into one drive and format, and I've gotten it to ask me.

I want this answer file to automatically cut the disk into half. I want two partitions, each 50% of the drive space. Can it be done?
 

Answer:Unattended Windows Installation - automatically partitioning?

I'm just replying so it's in my subscribed list. This is something I'd like to know as well.
 

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I have deployed my system image copying my answer file (unattend.xml) in install.wim (%WINDIR%\Panther).
The installation is actually unattended, but setup still asks to select Language and Locale Settings even if they're specified in the answer file:
  <settings pass="windowsPE">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <SetupUILanguage>
        <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
      </SetupUILanguage>
      <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
      <UserLocale>it-IT</UserLocale>
      <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
      <InputLocale>0410:00000410</InputLocale>
    </component>
Any idea?

Answer:[SOLVED] Applying Language and Locale Settings in unattended installation (Windows 7)

Settings path for WinPE is only processed when the PE is booted. Try using the same objects but in the OOBE pass instead.

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Having a problem with this and getting this error after reboot. It contacts the WDS server and bring down the image and then tells me "Unable to parse unattended.xml c:\windows\panther\unattended.xml
file is invalid" Attached is my "image unattend" and my unattend files. Both files pass in waik with no errors.
In advance thanks for the help
Doc
Unattend
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-us</InputLocale>
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Answer:Unable to parse unattended.xml c:\windows\panther\unattended.xml file is invalid

I found my problem and here is the link to it.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909264
Thanks Doc

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I have been running with a SATA 200GB drive for about 6 months or more as a secondary drive with a much smaller (80gb) IDE drive as my primary..

I left an 85GB partition free on my SATA drive to copy my primary drive C (IDE partition) to when I was ready to deal with it.

I used partition magic 8.0 to copy my drive C to my unallocated space. When I set up the copy sequence in PM it says "warning drive may not be bootable", Proceed or cancel. I do proceed.

I remove my IDE drives, and even removed my DVD writer drive. (power from all of them.)

When I power on, just as PM had said, it says please insert a boot diskette.

I've considerred reinstalling windows, but according to other forums and discussions I would then need a floppy with MB SATA drivers and I don't have a floppy drive, and hate to get one just for this one operation. If I boot into windows after everything has been copied via PM, everything is there on the SATA drive, a mirror image of my drive C. But, I can't boot off of it.

My guess is the master boot record (mbr), needs to be created or made active or something. (yes I made the new partition active, no difference.)

Is this a boot issue due to windows xp MBR (or something else windows xp related) or is this a boot issue due to trying to boot off of a SATA drive?

Lastly, Is it an absolute requirement that I have to reinstall windows using a floppy and mb drivers to load the sata drive and go through that who... Read more

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I know how to do it, but I need to do two additional things.The most important thing a the moment is knowing how to add user accounts automatically during the installation.The other, which is just extra credit, is knowing how to automatically partition a hard drive.-This one is much more complex, as it requires me to use a script or batch file, I believe.

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I've run Setupmgr.exe and entered all my details for an unattended XP install, it's created "unattended.txt" which I've renamed "Winnt.sif" and placed in the I386 folder but there's also the "unattended.bat" file, do I put this in the I386 file/do I need to rename "unattened.bat"?the guides I've found say what to do with the text file but not the batch file so if someone could tell me I'd be grateful, TIA

Answer:unattended XP installation

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I was wondering if anyone could help me with an unattended installation.

I went thru the setup manager and setup a fully automated xp pro installation. I then renamed the unattend.txt file to winnt.sif i also renamed the bat file to winnt.bat
here is a copy of what the bat looks like:

@rem SetupMgrTag
@echo off

rem
rem This is a SAMPLE batch script generated by Setup Manager.
rem If this script is moved from the location where it was generated, it may have to be modified.
rem

set AnswerFile=.\winnt.sif
set SetupFiles=.\i386

..\i386\winnt32 /s:%SetupFiles% /unattend:%AnswerFile% /copysource:lang
I restarted the computer with the floppy in the floppy drive and the xp pro cd in the cdrom drive. The boot sequence is set to read the cd then the floppy then the hard drive. It then prompts me to boot from cd and so I do. It then reads the floppy disk for a second before it prompts for installation of raid drivers but the installation never automates. Ive tried about everything i can think of and it will not work. Any ideas?
 

Answer:xp pro unattended installation

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Can any body help... I'm trying to do an unattended install of win2k pro with an answer file. The answer file is made via the Cd. When i run it the floppy disk and my file (A:\winnt.sif) are ignored.any ideas would be welcomehoodlums

Answer:unattended installation of win2k

Well for a start and depending on your system setup, you often need two files on the floppy, called Winnt.bat and Winnt.sif. Sometimes you can get away with just Winnt.sif, sometimes not.I normally create a new Windows CDROM with the necesary files burned into its i386 folder for unattended installs.If the floppy is not being autodetected, you may have to start the installation manually using a couple of switches:1. Copy SMARTDRV.EXE from the Windows CDROM onto a Windows 98 boot floppy.2. Boot from the Windows startup floppy3. SYS C: just to make certain the drive is bootable4. start SMARTDRV.EXE from the command line3. Change directory to the i386 folder on the Windows 2000 CDROM3. Start the instalation using winnt.exe for a clean install or winnt32.exe for an upgrade install followed by the /u switch and the path to the answer file, like this:WINNT32 /unattend:"answer_file_name" /s:"path_to_installation_files"Change the drivepath and filename to suit.I realise that this defeats the purpose of an unattended install, but often they go wrong because of hardware on a certain system that just does not want to play ball.The most reliable unattended installs in my experience are where you build a new Windows CDROM with the answerfile incorporated into the disk, or where you run the install over a network.Diagnosing why it went wrong for you and your PC is impossible without access to the system.

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I had a run on the preview 10240 by unattended installation. what I wanted to see is if I could create a golden image on one very old PC (HP Elitebook 6930p), sysprep it and afterwards apply that image by autoupdating the drivers to my Dell Latitude E5540 before login.
The reason to do this is to avoid to create multiple images of win 10 when eventually rolling out the new OS :-)

Since I have already created a blog about it, I will not repeat it here, but you could find all available files and instructions here: http://www.pivpn.net/2015/07/making-...wim-image.html

There is also some finished unattend.xml that you can reuse for your type of installation.

Cheers
Eirik

Answer:Another way of unattended PXE installation -- and it works :-)

You are doing an extremely easy procedure in an extremely complicated way. I do this a lot easier, simpler and faster without a need to install or add any drivers, I don't even have to know what hardware the computers have where the image will be deployed to, it's all done automatically. It's all done in Audit Mode with sysprep using the generalize switch.

One observation:

You let the readers of your blog to understand you have done this in an enterprise environment with 350 computers, yet you post something like this:






You can not reuse the username you used on the machine you sysprepped. If you used the login name "admin" on the tech-computer (source computer) you will not be able to to use that username in your unattend.xml file. Fix is to use a username that you will never normally use, a swearing word works fine :-)



You don't have to nor should you ever use a username / user profile on your technician computer! That alone tells quite a lot about the validity of your advice; when this procedure is done correctly, the image simply has no other user accounts than the Windows built-in administrator account (which by the way will remain disabled) so the end user can of course choose any username. You mentioning you use "a swearing word" as a username tells you don't know how to do the procedure without any whatsoever users created on the technician computer. That makes it hard to believe you have done this in a bigger ... Read more

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Please i need help on how to perform an unattended installation on system software and application software?

Answer:How to perform an unattended installation

Unattended install of Windows OS is easy.... Unattended install of OS + Software Applications = You will need to either create an image that will be used for the installation from a prior manual build process using software such as Ghost or use a Windows Server system and RIS or WDS depending on the Server version and the OS to be pushed to systems.If this is a single computer or small group of computers and you dont have a Windows Server to set up RIS or WDS on then creating individual images is the best way to go. If you have hundreds or thousands of systems then you will want to use RIS or WDS to push an install to a system unless all workstations are the same exact model or you have say less than 10 different hardware configuration models in place to have 10 individual images for.I have used RIS in the past and you are essentially able to boot a workstation system off of PXE Network Boot service that the RIS server is hosting and select an image to push to the workstation, the system then pushes the installation clean to this workstation as long as the network adapter driver matches to that of the RIS image. Otherwise RIS fails to connect between the Server and workstation. * One trick that I did was I bought some cheap PCI Intel Pro 100 Managed Network Adapters and so the systems that were not the Intel Pro 100 chipset, I would install this adapter temporarily to PXE boot and push the image to the workstation. Then when the system is done, remove this adapter and have th... Read more

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I am trying to deploy windows 8.1 through WDS using unattended installation method. Installation is working fine in test environment, ( i tried using Hyper V). but when I am trying the same on a physical machine showing the error "Windows
cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is of the GPT partition style." I found some solution for converting GPT to MBR using DISKPART tool. Can any one give solution for solving this issue in unattended installation. 

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Let me start by saying I am not sure that this is the correct Forum to post this problem in.

Some background: I upgraded my Windows 7 Laptop to Windows 10 back in August 2015. Other than some minor issues/annoyances, it has worked reasonably well. Earlier this year I created another Partition and installed to Windows 7 which was then upgraded to Windows 10. More reecently I created a third Partition and formatted it (NTFS). Nothing was installed in that third Partition.

A few days ago, I booted into the second Partition and allowwed it to install various updates including the latest Windows 10. I let the updates complete unattended. Booted back intop the second Partition to let the updates complete. I then shutdown and powered back up to Boot from my first Partition. There was no choice of what Partition to Boot from, it simply booted into the second Partition.

This is what I have done so far.

I have deleted the third Partition (now unallocated).

Having noticed that my first Partition had a boot path of *:/ I have renamed the drives so I now have a C Drive and a D Drive (first and second Pertitions respectively).

I have (some how) managed to get back to seeing an option of what Partition to Boot from. From the first Partition I can see from using BCDedit that thre is something awry with the Partition. First, there is only one entry shown and ther is something in there that references the D Drive (second Partition). Note that I have not used BCDedit to edit anything.

I ... Read more

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One of the most painful system reinstallations I've done so far.My goal was to have Windows 7 and Windows XP installed, so that I could choose between them (I actually had it set up like that before formatting, for whatever reason I ran into lots of problems this time).So here's what I've done (skipping the irrelevant parts):1. I had 465 disk divided into 3 partitions: - Q: 100MB System Reserved (hidden, Windows 7 automatically created partition) - C: 50GB Seven (the partition where i keep windows Seven) - D: 200GB Data - E: 125GB Games - 90GB Unallocated space2. I burned and used GParted to rearrange my disk. I've done that successfully (extended Data to 250) but here are first two doubts: - The pre-installation screen of GPartedLive was covered in green pixels (the background is normally grey. What can cause that? - While installing I was flooded with errors like this:end_request: I/O error dev sr0, sector 240736Buffer I/O error on device sr0, logical block 60184Yet it ended up working.3. After using GParted and then installing Windows XP my disk looked like that: - Q: 100MB System Reserved (Windows 7 automatically created partition) - C: 50GB Seven (the partition where i keep windows Seven) - D: 250GB Data - 125GB Games - H: 25GB Windows XP - 15GB Unallocated Space Windows XP was working normally.4. I decided to reinstall Windows 7 so I used GParted again and here's where real problems started.I removed the 100MB+50GB Partitions, creating a new... Read more

Answer:Partition Editing, Booting problems

Your post is lengthy and difficult to follow. That said, I believe your problem stems from the fact that you can't have more than 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition with as many logical drives as there are available drive letters.Additionally, the 100MB partition you combined with other space was most likely not contiguous with the 50GB. This in itself would be a problem.Net frameworks versions are NOT interchangeable. If a program needs a certain version, that version must be installed. You could conceivably need all versions.You have such a convoluted mess that I suggest you just start over. If that is not possible then try undoing the partitioning changes. Also, the 100MB partition created by WinXP is there for a reason so I suggest you leave it alone.

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TSG,
I'm having boot problems after using Partition Magic to resize partitions. Afterwards XP recognized the partitions correctly, but when running PM from within WinXP I got a Error "100", invalid or bad partition message. So I uninstalled PM and reinstalled it, but it still did not recognize the partitions & gave an Error 100 again.

I then, using the PM emergency 3.5 disks, went in under Dos to examined and do some resizing and relocating of the partitions. This all apparently worked well as the program said that a reboot was required to complete, so I let it reboot. It started up again ok, but WinXP then said that it had found some hardware that needed its installation completed, so I let it reboot. After that it would never reboot again, hot or cold, reset, or otherwise.???

During a cold startup attempt, I see the power lights on keyboard momentarily lite up, as will as the two CD drives, but I never see the 3.5 floppy drive lite flash. The HD spins and it's board Mtd. LED lites up, but after 3-5 Sec it goes out. The actual HD drive access lite comes on for about 10-15 Sec but it also goes out, and nothing else happens.

PARTITIONS: (2) 8gb NTFS Primaries, (1) 2gb Fat32 Primary, and inside my Extended partition I have (1) 8gb NTFS Logical (forData), and (3) 2gb Fat32 Logicals.

I am first time TSG user, and your help will be certainly appreciated.
Dr. Blkjck
 

Answer:Solved: Partition booting problems

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Hi guys!

I hope someone here could help me out. I'm sort of an XP fanboy. I was so annoyed by the standard folders eg. "Documents and settings" and "Program Files" so I found my way of creating a customized install disc. I simply extracted my whole install disc into a folder, used notepad to create a file called WINNT.SIF in the i386 subdirectory, where I entered the following:


Code:
[Unattended]
TargetPath=\W
ProgramFilesDir="\Prg"
CommonProgramFilesDir="\Prg\~C"

[GuiUnattended]
ProfilesDir="%SystemDrive%\Usr\"
I then extracted the boot header and simply used Nero to create a new bootable project, and voila, the new, customized XP install disc was made. Now the installation put default directories the way I want them to. It's awsome.

Now, yesterday, I decided to "step up the game" and try Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7 (I've completely skipped the "Vista era", never ever had it installed, barely taken a look at it, darn ****** excuse for an OS). So, the OS looks pretty descent, but the folders does not appear the way I want them to.

So, if some enthusiast could please tell me the simplest way to proceed here? I guess copying that old WINNT.SIF into an extracted copy of the W7 install is out the question.

I've looked around (Google), but I found the documentation not fully satisfying. It seems like there is mostly advanced guides for whole-network-domain-installat... Read more

Answer:Unattended/custom installation, easiest way?

Now, as it seems..

It's only a matter of getting it right though, it is fully possible. Recent information tells me that you could actually just put 'autounattend.xml' on a SD card / USB memory, and your original Windoze installation disc will automatically detect and parse it. If this is true, I only need to get my answer file right. This is what I've come up with so far:


Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup"
publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
processorArchitecture="x86">
<FolderLocations>
<ProfilesDirectory>%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Usr<ProfilesDirectory
<ProgramData>%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Prg</ProgramData>
</FolderLocations>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>
So, now I lay this question out for all you experienced enthusiasts out there. If I put the code above in an UTF-8 encoded text document called autounattend.xml, and lay it in the root folder of my FAT32-formated USB stick, and then boot up with my OEM W7 install disc, will setup automatically detect and parse my answer file?


I'm thankful for all answers,
Regards~
G.

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I am attempting to automate the installation of a video driver, but it has come to my attention that windows won't let a video driver install if it's not done on the local session.

Has anybody come up against this, and is there a way to disable this behavior?
 

Answer:XP video driver installation, unattended

Is this in a corporate environment or home? If your joined to a domain you could push the install through a GPO upon start up.
 

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Ok, I got a question on unattended installation.
Im spose to make a CD which actualy installs windows 2000 profesional(operating system),service pack 3 n 4 ,microsft office,and dirvers all in one go,no need to be swaping cd for everything.Infact i can put in to a dvd and leave the computer unatended while instalating everyhting but im stuck

My windows isnt original and it is a evaluation IT wont allow me to do slip streaming.I will have to rely on flopys to do the unattended instalation.I need answer files but some of microsoft website technique cant work.Can someone help me out

Answer:Answer files for unattended installation

the only other way to do this is if you already have this image stored on a networked server and you use a network bootdisk to pull the image...

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Installed ubuntu and decided I didnt like it so I deleted the partition now when I boot I boot I get this: error: no such partition. grub rescue>. What do I need to do so I can boot back to windows without a disk? I can boot to windows with a disk but not otherwise.

Answer:Problems booting after Ubuntu partition deletion

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

If you have not made your Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create
Do you have a mate with Windows 7 & CD/DVD RW Drive, how could burn one off.



   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.


How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:
https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...rification.jsp

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I hope someone can help me!I'm about to install Windows XP Home, unattended.  The entire CD is copied to a free partition on my hard disk, and I've prepared and added unattend.txt to the i386 folder.Three questions:1). All configurations I need are in unattend.txt (mainly determining various paths for Windows, Program Files and Documents and Settings).  Is this all I need, or must I also add other files, like winnt.sif, winnt.bat, unattend.bat ?  Or will unattend.txt be enough, considering it has all the features I want? 2). I can't seem to access my installation files directory using FreeDOS.  The directory displays when I type the dir command. But I can't get into the folder. The directory is above the 137GB threshold; is this why I can't navigate to it?  Anyone else experience this? 3). What is correct path after winnt.exe starts? is it [driveletter]:\installdirectory ? Or is it [driveletter]:\installdirectory\i386 ?Thanks, I appreciate any replies!

Answer:Unattended installation & accessing winnt.exe above 137gb

You will need to slipstream SP2 into the i386 folder first.As far as the path statement youmay want to have a read Here...

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whenever i have to re-install windows, i have a folder inside my downloads called Basic installation toolkit (B.I.T),which has inside, all of the programs i would use every day. Installing all of these programs one by one if a long and boring process , i would like to make an installer that will install them one by one silently (don't have to touch the computer and don't see the programs installing, only the installer which shows you which program is installing and how long is left) Much like the visual studio and Microsoft office installations, all you see is the programs installing, you don't have to click agree for every program. See attached file for picture of visual studio installation.

I have tried the NSIS Compiler and HM NSIS Edit tool but i don't think they are the right tools for the job, i also found this:Unattended, A Windows deployment system: Unattended/Silent Installation Switches for Windows Apps

it is a list of batch commands for installing programs, but does not work with all programs, e.g. antivirus and adobe installers.

Just hoping that someone would be able to help me out

Answer:Unattended multiple program silent installation

MSFN is THE place for all things unattended. To start with, look at the following page, then explore the options there.

MSFN Forums -> Application Installs

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I am having problems booting with my PC. At first, I tried all windows recovery options but doesn't help. I always get a blue screen which says 'Your PC ran into a problem' and auto restarts. Later when I ran a quick hard drive test, I got the following feedback. Smart Check: Passed; Short DST: Failed. The failure id is GUW2TQ-6Q68KS-MFPX0K-60XJ03 (note: I may have mistaken the 0 for the O and vice-versa). Product id: D4B09PA#ACJ. I am using a HP Pavilion G6 Notebook PC and the warranty has expired. I have back up discs that I had ordered from HP. Also, I bought the laptop back in India and currently I am living in Germany. I am in urgent need of help. Thank you.

Answer:Issues with booting the PC and OS installation problems

Hi,Hard drive has failed.Have you backed up the data from it?There are 2 main methods you can try to salvage data from failed hard drive :1) Create LiveCD from another computer. Boot from this disc in your laptop, then copy the files from failed HDD to another external hard drive connected to notebook.https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD2) Take out the failed hard drive out. Connect it to another computer using SATA to USB adapter. Use Windows explorer to copy the files you need from HDD to another external hard drive.https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812400542&FM=1After all these,Replace hard drive. Use HP Recovery media to factory reset after replacement.You've to replace hard drive with a new one of similar form factor2.5 inch SATA hard driveSpecs: https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c03598619Manual: see hard drive replacement stepshttp://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03593041Use recovery media you've ordered from HP to factory reset after replacement of HDDOr you can go for clean install of Windows 8.1 Single Language 64 bit, by creating UEFI bootable Windows installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation toolhttps://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.htmlhttp://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.htmlWindows will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetAdditional drivers from here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/h... Read more

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I installed a copy of the RTM version of 7 Ultimate on a second primary ACTIVE partition with Vista on the first primary partition (doing it this way allows me to get rid of the Microsoft Boot manager and use GAG to dual boot either OS) and it works great.

My problem is sharing documents which I keep on another Logical partition labeled DATA. Using My Documents on this drive in Vista has always worked fine. When I booted to Win 7 and "moved" My Documents from C:\User\... to D:\My Documents I could use the files no problem in Win 7...

but when I booted back to Vista and tried to copy or move any of the files on D:\My Documents from within Vista I get a "you do not have permission to" error when I try to do anything with those files. It seems Win 7 has taken possession of the permissions on the files and will not relinquish them to Vista.

Using XP and Vista in the same dual boot scenario did not have this problem.

What if anything can I do to resolve this problem?

Answer:Dual Booting 7 and Vista with DATA Partition problems

Have your tried right click and "take ownership" ... you will have to be logged on as the Administrator.

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Anyone knows what's the command to input if to take out:

1. page file
2. System Restore.

in the uattended setup ?

Thanks.
 

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I have an HP printer, model LaserJet CP1525nw. It worked fine with my old computer, but with the newer one I plugged it in and it does not work. It gives me the "there was a problem installing your hardware" message. Okay, I thought, I'll just download the drivers from HP's site. So I went here and downloaded the driver installer.

And then I ran into the second problem. The installer extracts itself without user input, and it wants to go into the C:\ drive. But, on my machine, C:\ is a "System Reserved" partition, and it's only 100MB. (The majority of the space is in the D:\ partition.) The driver installer, as far as I can tell, starts extracting into the C:\ partition, runs out of space after about 70MB of extraction, and thinks it's done. Of course, it's not done, so I can't actually use the driver. But I can't tell it to extract to D:\. What can I do?

Answer:HP printer driver installation: problems on the partition

Which drive has the Windows folder?

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I just put a new hard drive in. Didn't work, messed around found out it was the CMOS. Booted up first time, got the "Found new hardware" thing. I then partitioned and formatted it and it worked great, until it got to 100% then the whole thing froze. No mouse not tab no nothing. Had to do a hard shutdown. Now when I boot up it gets to the screen with the blue bar scrolling across on the bottom.


After that it flashes the BSOD. Then it restarts itself. It then asks me if I want to start in safemode and all that kind of stuff. I click on any of them and goes back to the windows screen. Up pops the BSOD and start the whole process over again.



Also, it does not recognize my optical drive./

Can anyone help me?

Answer:Booting up after new hard drive installation problems. Also BSOD problem

Its probably a bad drive.

What is your EIDE Configuration?

How are the slave and master set and state what drives and Optical drives are on which channel.

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I am trying to create unattended.xml file
for windows server 2016 unattended installation where in after installing windows it should execute one powershell script located on remote samba share.
Most part of my unattended.xml
file works fine but it is not able to set Administrator password and accept EULA which appears just before Windows welcome screen.
Is there any problem in my
unattended.xml file?
Note: It works fine if I skip Audit mode.
My unattended.xml
file is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
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Hi
Well my windows 7 has refused to boot up after i tried to create a new HDD partition. I actually wanted to install windows xp as a dual boot system with windows 7. The partition was created succesfully but when i restarted my system, the windows 7 did not boot up. I only get a blinkind dot and it does not allows me to so anything next. I have tried startup repair from the DVD but it could not detect the problem. Please suggest me something.
Your help will be appreciated.
Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 not booting after HDD partition.

Try this:

You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Startup Repair

System Repair Disc - Create

System Recovery Options

Repair Install

When Windows is booting OK,Have a read of this tutorial:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7.

EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

A bit more reading.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...wont-boot.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...dual-boot.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

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Hey guys, C0RE O5IVE here again, I know it's been a while since my last thread but hey, I'm back! With another issue, relatively similar to my last one just a different chipset now ...

So basically here's the story. I installed ArchLinux 7 months back, enjoyed it for some time and then since recently I thought that it would be time to head back to windows since I am a programmer and I just like the windows development stack more than anything. So I deleted my partition in arch linux using gparted and completely fixed it up to NTFS after booting into partition wizard from a usb. I used the windows recovery method to boot into a repair disc illustrated here: https://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EB...ble+EasyRE+USB -- Then I did the bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr + bootrec /fixmbr like usual. Now I'm stuck with an issue, and I've attempted the yumi windows install with the ISO and its just not working. So at first, I just removed the old grub loader in effort to get the windows 7 bootloader back but now when I boot I get this error: "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key". Though when I pop in my windows 7 sp1 32-bit install disk and slap any key it just stalls there with a blinking cursor without ever loading. I have no idea what could be the issue here. I even tried formatting 2 seperate usbs as windows 7 boot cd's with YUMI usb installer and UNET. I have no idea what I can do now. Any suggestions guys? As always, all help is appreciated!

Cheers,
~ C0REO5I... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not booting after partition mess

It's never going to repair if you dont first Mark the Win7 Partition Active

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which runs all necessary repairs of which bootrec is only one.

If media continues to fail to boot even after resetting BIOS to defaults, use the latest official Win7 ISO for your licensed version burned to disk or stick with the tool provided in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start which also includes everything else that can be done to start it.

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Okay, I made my windows partition hidden in Partition Magic and now I can't boot it. I have another partition but there's no OS installed on it.
Also I don't have a floppy disc drive, so how do I activate and boot my windows partition?
 

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I have this audio latency problem on Windows 7 x64 and x86. These partitions were both on the same hard drive. XP doesn't have this problem but that is on my other hard drive. So, I'm thinking maybe the hard drive with the windows 7 partitions is bad, so I'm trying to test a Windows XP partition on that hard drive to see if it's the hard drive itself that's bad or Windows 7.

Well, the problem. I've made an entry in the boot menu but when I select "Windows XP WD", WD standing for Western Digital, it boots into the other XP partition that's on the other hard drive. This is with the Seagate hard drive first boot priority. When I make the WD hard drive first priority, it just goes to this black screen and stays there forever. Also, the drive letters are different on Windows 7 and XP. Example: XP is on partition D but when I'm booted on XP it is partition J but that's a minor problem that I'm not worried about at the moment.

Also, I cloned the XP partition to XP WD, so maybe they're conflicting? See attachment for settings. I've deleted my x86 partition, if you're wondering where it went.

Answer:Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition

Did you install Windows 7 last and was it a 'clean' install or an upgrade?

You can also go to Start > Run, type msconfig, click the Boot tab and set your default here.

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Hi so i installed windows 10 about 2 weeks ago and i didnt like it so TIME FOR A DOWNGRADE. Try to boot to the cd and here is the screen i got

Answer:windows installation not booting...

Od you cant see the picture here Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

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Hello,
I have just installed Windows 8.1 and would like to know how I can boot with Windows 7. I have Windows 7 when I installed Windows 8. Is there a way to go back to Windows 7 with no re install?
Thanks

Answer:Booting with Windows 7 instead of 8 after installation.

How did you install 8.1? To a different partition?

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Partition resize, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

Just to update, I've gone through the BIOS, tried disabling secure boot, swapping between UEFI First and Legacy First, but cannot get the windows dvd (I've tried the windows 8.1 dvd (don't have the repair disc)) to see the partitions or even refresh or reset, it gives the error "the drive where windows is installed is locked" or "unable to reset your pc. a required drive partition is missing", but the minitool wizard sees the partitions just fine. I've tried several discs such as hiren's cd just to try to get to a GUI (mini windows) but always get a bluescreen (trying to load the GUI). I tried GParted, also no luck.

I tried the System recovery from the Novo Button Menu, but all I get is "Default boot device missing or boot failed" it then demands installation media which I already know won't help with recovery.
Would it be right to assume (since at least some tools can see the partitions)
that it is simply a problem with how the partition table is being identified? If that's the case, is there any software tool that can correct it?
I'd rather fix the problem than reload the whole thing (but it looks like I'll end up doing just that), any ideas?

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard (on a bootable USB) to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up again on the minitool wizard USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting to windows & have not been able to get into windows since.

I've gone through the BIOS, tried disabling secure boot, swapping between UEFI First and Legacy First, but cannot get the windows dvd (I've tried the windows 8.1 dvd (don't have the repair disc)) to see the partitions or even refresh or reset, it gives the error "the drive where windows is installed is locked" or "unable to reset your pc. a required drive partition is missing", but the minitool wizard sees the partitions just fine. I've tried several discs such as hiren's cd just to try to get to a GUI (mini windows) but always get a bluescreen (trying to load the GUI). I tried GParted, also no luck.

I tried the System recovery from the Novo Button Menu, but all I get is "Default boot device missing or boot failed" it then demands installation media which I already know won't help with recovery.

Would it be right to assume (since at least some tools can see the partitions) that it is simply a problem with how the partition table is being identified? If that's the case, is there any softw... Read more

Answer:Partition resized, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

I always recommend a person do a complete disk image using Macrium or Aoemi before moving partitions but that being said see this page. If you can get to a command prompt using the Windows install disk use the diskpart commands shown. If it does not work then I think you are looking at a reinstall.

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So backstory time. I built a desktop and threw in my laptop HDD and installed the proper drivers, and everything was perfect. Then I decided I should probs get rid of my Music partition and instead integrate it into my main Windows one (not even sure why I made a separate partition). So I went into another Windows install on a separate HDD and copied over my music to transfer back to my HDD, since I don't have enough space on it. Then here's what seems to have messed it up: I deleted the Music partion (which was to the left of Windows) and extended the laptop Windows HDD inside a different Windows drive. Now when I try and boot with either System Reserved or Windows as active, it takes 5-10 minutes on "Preparing Windows" after I sign in, it just boots to black desktop with a mouse. ctrl+alt+delete pops up right, but task manager doesn't open; ctrl+L also locks the PC. It has the same results with Safe Mode with Networking enabled. /ScanOS shows no Windows OSes. I have no restore points made, so I gotta figure out what to do. I have 8.1 Pro that I will upgrade to as soon as Windows works again, as the OEM code from the laptop doesn't work on the desktop. Honestly, if you can tell me a way to keep my programs and Appdata working fine on a fresh Pro install, it'll work perfectly.

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!
 

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Oh god, what you reserved for me?

I'll Explain at beginning, but if you think that will to bore, can jump to [LAST PROBLEM]. (i have a bad english, sorry by any error).

[KALI SEDUCTION]

A few days ago i've downloaded the sexiest Linux version, the Kali Linux. It will be useful to me because I wanna learn some moves to "mandar aquele" (do a very hard moves in my land called Bananal). I never installed a O.S to dual boot before this and I get some tutorials on youtube to start.

[MY PARTITION METHOD WAS WRONG (?)]

In tutorial, the teacher do a Primary Partition to install the new O.S, but I havesn't seen it and I do a Logic Partition, I get my "D", divided it, give a Letter (maybe "F:/"), 30.000kb of space, and i finish it.

CHECK: 01.PNG

[INSTALLING KALI]
When I installing Kali, he asked a place to install itself boot. The unique parts on screen free for it was C:/. I thinked "well, i f*cked up everything, but i'm thug life bro". After it, I install something about the Kali Boot in C:/, were are probably located the boot of windows 7.

[1? BOOT PROBLEM (I SOLVED IT ALONE)]


As I thought, my notebook not boot. Just show a window for me do boot selecion drivers. Ok, then i take Windows 7 DVD install, reboot it to repair my system and selected something likes BOOT FIX or BOOT REPAIR. I do it one time and I restart de machine. When I restart, the boot shows a Kali Boots Selection Screen, here I have some options:... Read more

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted
up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions
UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

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Frozen black screen on startup

My computer was only running firefox and then completely froze out and I couldnt open task manager, switch users or anything. I let the computer sit there for a while not wanting to click anything thinking it would unfreeze by itself in a short while, and then suddenly a noise started coming out at regular intervals. Then the computer just switched off.

On restart I got a BSOD that i wrote down but ive lost the paper for the error message now. I ran the Recovery Console from the XP CD and chkdsk /r and it finished. When i restarted I got another BSOD:

"UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME"

I ran chkdsk /r using the Recovery Console again, with it completing and then this time on restart I got another BSOD message.

"Stop:C0000135 (unable to locate component) This application has failed to start because USP10.dll was found. Re-installing the application may fix this"

I ran chkdsk again a few times and nothing happened, still getting the same BSOD message on restart.

After more googling I found out to run a repair installation from the XP CD instead of the Recovery Console, the website I used just told me to "continue with on-screen instructions". So I ran the repair installation and the first time I ran it, the computer restarted and I thought it had been fixed. Windows XP appeared to be installing itself for the first time and I paniced because I thought I had accidentally pressed the wrong button and chosen to fresh i... Read more

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My computer is currently set up to dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I mainly use the XP partition as storage, while I run the Windows 7 partition most of the time. The version of Windows 7 that is currently installed is an RC version (Build 7127).

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade to the full version of Windows 7 (32-bit, to keep things simple). The operating system installed with no apparent errors, until I tried selecting Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager at start-up. The Windows XP partition (listed as Earlier Version of Windows) still works, but the Windows 7 partition gives an error (Status: 0xc0000225). The info it gives is: "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The given error has something to do with asking me to unplug anything I had recently plugged into the computer (USB device/MP3 player), but I haven't plugged anything in, so that led me to believe it was a driver problem. However, it seems odd that the RC version of Windows 7 works, while the final version does not. So, I re-installed the RC version so I could use the computer again (the XP partition has driver problems that cause Very strange errors on the internet, so I prefer to not use it, but don't look into those errors too much... I only use that partition for storage now)

I tried reinstalling multiple times, and I tried using the Startup Recovery tool that's on the installation disk, but it couldn't detect any problems. Also, ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting Properly After Installation

Bump for the day ~ All help is appreciated, so if anyone has Any ideas, post them :)

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Hello, I had installed Samsung SSD Pro 840 on Lenovo G510 with the help of Samsung Data Migration and it was working perfectly but now i want to install new windows and its stucked on the boot progress. Some months ago i had installed new BIOS ver. 3.07 to 3.09. Furthermore, I have installed the Seagate harddrive now but having same booting issue. Maybe of BIOS ver. ?

Answer:Booting problem on Windows Installation

hi jklogic,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
A few questions:
1. Is the Seagate drive the orignal HDD that came with the machine (with Win8.1 preloaded)? If yes, is the system stucked on the lenovo screen (similar to this thread) or during/after the windows loading screen?
 
2. What other version of Windows are you trying to install on the Samsung SSD? If you're trying to install Windows 7 or older, have you tried to the set the following in the BIOS?
 
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
UEFI = Disabled
Boot Mode = Legacy
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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I have a windows xp installation cd extracted to a partition on a computer which I want to netboot from. Then I've netbooted into WinPe which is apparently able to invoke a windows installation given a source directory. The problem is, I'm stuck in volume Q: - which is a ram-disk and I haven't the slightest clue how I'd swap over to the volume I've extracted the xp install disk into.

Thanks.
 

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My computer is currently set up to dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I mainly use the XP partition as storage, while I run the Windows 7 partition most of the time. The version of Windows 7 that is currently installed is an RC version (Build 7127).

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade to the full version of Windows 7 (32-bit, to keep things simple). The operating system installed with no apparent errors, until I tried selecting Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager at start-up. The Windows XP partition (listed as Earlier Version of Windows) still works, but the Windows 7 partition gives an error (Status: 0xc0000225). The info it gives is: "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The given error has something to do with asking me to unplug anything I had recently plugged into the computer (USB device/MP3 player), but I haven't plugged anything in, so that led me to believe it was a driver problem. However, it seems odd that the RC version of Windows 7 works, while the final version does not. So, I re-installed the RC version so I could use the computer again (the XP partition has driver problems that cause Very strange errors on the internet, so I prefer to not use it, but don't look into those errors too much... I only use that partition for storage now)

I tried reinstalling multiple times, and I tried using the Startup Recovery tool that's on the installation disk, but it couldn't detect any ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting Properly After Installation

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~Background~

There were some power failures last week which caused some errors on my hdd and I spent 3 days reading this forum, trying to fix my windows 7 boot.

I finally fixed it after running chkdisk through a Windows repair disk after trying various other solutions to no avail. Thankfully, no files were lost (Besides the most important stuff was backed up)

I have an anxiety disorder and I work solely on the PC.
This incident was very hard on my health so I want to make sure that whatever happens I can get to work.

So I had an idea.

~Idea~

A while back I was reading about dual booting and it seemed quite interesting.
So, I've had this idea.

I have a 1 TB HDD.

It has two partitions, "System Reserved" and "C".

I create a new partition called G of let's say 100GB.

I then transfer my music, videos, photos to an external drive.

I uninstall all unnecessary programms/games from C.

I make sure C has about 50-60 GB of used space.

Afterwards, I make a system image using either the Windows 7 built-in tool
or Macrium Reflect/Acronis and transfer all my media back to C.

Could I then restore that system image on the new partition?

The end result I want to achieve is to have a "backup windows 7 installation"
If something happens to my Main installation, I can get to work on the second one.
Of course I backup my work to an external drive everyday.
I don't want to lose any more working days...

A friend of mi... Read more

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I just installed windows xp on an old compaq presario computer I have. The installation went fine, and everything was running perfectly. But the computer froze and I had to reboot it. Now it will not boot up at all. It doesn't even get to loading windows xp, it just stops with a flashing cursor on the screen over the Compaq logo. I cannot access the bios screen or anything. I tried to reboot from the installation disc, and that doesn't work either. Please help!!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Please do not post duplicate threads.
 

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I just installed windows xp on an older PC I have. The installation went fine and everything was working perfectly. The computer then froze and I had to reboot. Now it will not boot up at all. The computer is an Old Compaq presario, and it doesn't even start to load windows up when I boot it up. I cannot access the bios, or anything. I tried to boot from the installation disk, and nothing - it won't recognize anything. Please help!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Try clearing CMOS
 

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Hello,
I have Installed Windows XP like ages ago and then there was some error with the XP back then while booting up so I called up my technician, He dual booted my system with Windows 7 Ultimate.

I've stopped using XP since a while so I thought of removing I from my system, The XP files and Windows 7 were on two different partitions of same HDD. So I used Minitool Partition wizard to remove the Partition in which XP files were there. It even prompted a message saying that I may not be able to boot if I format the specific Partition. I clicked on continue and it showed me that the specific partition is in use and the asked me to restart it and minitool will delete it by itself while restarting. And after it deleted the XP partition, my system can't Boot Windows 7 now. I just don't get it.

I've even lost my Windows 7 OS DVD to try repair the OS. Can anyone help me to Boot into my Windows 7 without losing any data from that Partition.

Answer:Windows 7 not Booting after removing XP partition from Dual Boot

Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

Without an install dvd or a system repair disc, you can`t do that. You can easily make a system repair disc on another Windows 7 PC, all you need is a blank cd and a cd burner. But it has to be the same bit version (32 or 64) and Service Pack version as the version you are trying to repair.

Others may have another method. They will post it.

Or call your Tech

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

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Had win7 and XP working on dual boot with easyBCD for months. Then had to wipe another drive so removed all connections in PC and wiped totally unrelated drive, linked everything back up again, and now windows 7 won't boot up and the boot menu has gone.

I have three hard drives - one backup, one for XP, and one with three partitions including win7.

When i set the BIOS boot order to the XP drive it boots up ok, when i set the order to win7 drive it gets to 'verifying dmi pool data' then asks for a boot cd.

I have rebuilt the MBR using partition wizard. As you can see, the XP drive is active and primary. I cannot seem to set the win7 disk to be primary or active. It also tells me it cannot find a windows installation on the drive even though it is loaded onto E:

I have tried loading the win7 dvd and running the start repair several times but it does nothing.

I don't get what happened as all i did was remove all the hard drive connections, then connect them back up a few hours later.

Any ideas? I have spent four hours on it already and need help before i smash the thing up!

Answer:Windows 7 and XP dual boot - Win 7 partition not booting anymore

fixed it! woohoo

this worked for me....

go here Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
and get the VBCDE and follow instructions here Dual-boot Repair Windows 7/Vista
for automatic repair.

fixed my setup in half a second. machine booted back into windows 7 directly, then used easyBCD to add the winXP option to the boot menu and back in business. Both XP and Win7 on boot menu and both working fine. Woohooo!

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On a new Asus Win 7x64 laptop (Zenbook Prime UX21A), I was repartitioning the SSD with EaseUs and it seemed to be going well until restart. At that point, EaseUs gave a failure message and then Windows gave a failed to start/Windows Boot Manager mesage, with the error code 0xc00025. The Info is the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible, presumably the SSD's main partition.

Since there is no CD drive, I've been trying to prepare a USB system repair (on my desktop Win 7x64). I followed the directions of two YouTube videos, including one suggested on these forums - Windows 7 - Create a System Repair Disc on a Bootable USB Flash Drive without Burning a CD - YouTube. However, at some point each procedure varied significantly from what my computer showed and so the USB stick didn't boot. I also tried the CD creation tutorial at System Repair Disc - Create, and followed up with the Win 7 USB-DVD tool, but the CD created is UDF format, not ISO, which is what the tool is looking for. The boot and source folders are in ISO, but I'm guessing a full bootable ISO disk (or stick), rather than separate ISO files, is what's needed. I've been working on the assumption that a system repair disk or stick made from a retail version of Win 7 will work on an OEM installation, but really don't know. I also tried running a repair from my desktop's full Win 7 installation disk (converted to ISO), but the laptop said the repair versions are different.

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Answer:Laptop SSD partition led to Windows not booting - Win Boot Mgr error

I suggest creating a USB installation stick using this tutorial here:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
All repair disk options can be accessed through the installation "disk".

When you say "I was repartitioning the SSD", what did you do exactly?

Are you aware that your "disk" is (most likely with an Ivy Bridge) formatted GPT?

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So i just recently created two partitions on my home pc, one keeping windows xp and i installed windows 7 on the other one. I completely got all my programs and stuff back on windows 7 and it was all set. I decided i should delete the other partition containing windows xp so the windows 7 one could have all the harddrive space. I went into the partition program i was using, changed the windows 7 partition to primary instead of logical ( i think that's what it was, i can't really remember ) then deleted the windows xp one. It had to reboot my computer, then after it was finished deleting and stuff it rebooted again but now it just takes me to a black screen that says press a key to reboot. I got a copy of a windows xp recovery disk, and tried to boot from that but nothing. I even tried switching the boot sequence, but still no luck. I really hope someone can get back to me on this one, i've just stumbled upon this site and figured someone has to have some sort of advice on this disaster haha. I'm not even too sure if this is the right spot to post this, but i hope someone can help!

|Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Deleted wrong partition dual booting windows 7 and xp

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If I leave my W8.1 PC unattended for even a short while, I find I have to push reset button to get it going again.
The taskbar experiences changes in that desktop apps will not work, whereas metro apps will work. The only solution I've found so far is the reset button. This occurs often during any given day.

Answer:Rebooting problems with W8.1 after PC left unattended

Hi,
i recommend to try to troubelshoot type in search troubelshooting then open it then click view all on the left then click system maintainence.
Hope that helps.

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Hello ... I am currently studying for my MCSA . I am working on unattended installations w/ answer files . I have the Distribution
folder setup & the Deploy folder setup . I connect from a PC w/
a Fat formatted drive to the Server(2000 advanced) using a Network Boot disk. Everything is set for the unattended install...

but when I go to run the unattend.bat file from my blank PC ...
I get " bad command or file name " . The bat file is good ! it will
run on the Server & begin the unattended install (installing to the server unfortunately) .

I can't get the unattend.bat file to run from the target computer. My instructor says, " ...that shouldn't be happening? " & scratches his head . ?? Does anyone know what's wrong?

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Hi there, I've tried to find the answer to my question in the forums here but can't seem to find it. Sorry if it has already been posted somewhere.

What I'm trying to figure out is how to set up a PRE-Windows 10 environment on a physical pc and also on a VMWare virtual pc. What I mean is the type of Windows 10 installation that you'll see when you buy a new pc. When you power-on a new pc for th very first time, typically you'll be greeted with a number of questions asking about your region / language, what username you want to use to sign in to the pc etc ...

I would like to find out how to prepare a physical computer like that and also how it's done with a VMWare virtual pc. So that when you power up the computer, it will also greet you with the same series of first-time Windows 10 startup questions.

Many thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.

Erik.

Answer:Windows 10 Pre-Installation Partition

You need to look at sysprep that's how it's done or something like nlite can do some of it

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Hi,

I floolishely updated my laptop with Windows 8 yesterday, with all my external hard drives connected. It all went fine except for my 2TB USB3 hard drive that went missing. When I go to the Computer Management, it's still there, Healthy, but there is no file system, so I can't access it...
I guess I can reformat it, but there is some data in there I want to make sure I can recover afterwards, so I just want to confirm that I can reformat it and with a file recovery program, I'll be able to get my files back, before I do something and I lose everything. The files are pretty important to me...

Thanks

Answer:Partition gone after Windows 8 installation

There is no guarantee a file recovery program will work so if it's anything super important I wouldn't do it. Do you have USB3 drivers installed? Have you tried putting it on a different machine to copy the files you want?

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Hi,

I've got a problem with my Windows 7 installation in that - it wont boot! Either in normal or safe mode!

I've tracked the problem down to a driver - CTMMount.sys which was installed by a recent installation of Comodo Time Machine - which has since been uninstalled but doesnt look like the uninstallation has worked correctly.

Therefore I could do with editing the registry/startup procedure so that this file doesnt attempt to load and then I can get back into Windows 7 - has anyone any idea how I can do this?

Thanks

Ewan

Answer:Need to edit registry on non-booting Windows 7 installation

Why don't you just try a startup repair? It's probably a bit safer.
Startup Repair[2]=Performance Maintenance

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How do I set my BIOS to have the DVD boot and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode? I do see a setting on my Asus motherboard UEFI "CSM Compatability" and in there are three options:
UEFI and Legacy OPROM
Legacy OPROM only
UEFI only

Do I select UEFI only option here?

What is the benefit of installing in UEFI vs Legacy? All I understand is that the system sets up more partitions.

Answer:Booting a Win 10 DVD in UEFi Mode for Windows installation

Anyone? :-)

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: How to Install Windows 7 or Vista from Bootable Portable USB Flash Memory Key or Hard Disk Drive ? My Digital Life

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive with CMD.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 ... Read more

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Hello,

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

I've been trying to fix my laptop (Acer Aspire) for about 2 months, and it's been a bit of a saga. I've tried lots of things, and have persisted because it's seemed like I've been gradually honing in on a solution, rather than chasing a lost cause.

I was on Vista, which came with the laptop, but then the laptop got very ill, to the point where I wanted to do the Acer factory restore, but this didn't work, nor did any of the various recovery options in Windows. I was worried that the hard drive was physically damaged, so I wanted to try formatting it, which I decided to try and do in the course of installing Windows 7. This didn't work, so instead I formatted the hard drive using Ubuntu, and then tried Windows 7 again. That didn't work, because the hard drive needed to be NTFS, so I re-formatted it as NTFS using GParted.

However, Windows 7 install still isn't working: it goes most of the way but then just hangs indefinitely on a black screen with 'Setup is updating registry files' written on it. I've googled this and it seems that this is quite a common problem when installing W7. However, the problem that I have is that all of the solutions offered are to do with booting up as normal and changing things in Control Panel etc, which obviously I can't do.

I can go into more details about what has happened if needed, but basically the state of play now is:


I need to install Windows 7 from a cd-rom I hav... Read more

Answer:Need to fix a Windows 7 installation problem without booting to desktop

Hi i think I would be testing the hdd for issues try downloading and burning this to a disc or if you know the maker go to their support site and get their diagnostic tool
SeaTools | Seagate ask a friend to burn it for you use imgburn The Official ImgBurn Website
and read the tutorial on seatools for dos

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Originally Posted by Steve C


I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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I want to install Windows 7 on an HP Pavillion Desktop which happens to have a
Sata Harddisk with an IDE DVDRW.
I set the boot Priority to the DVDRW then the Harddisk and placed the Windows disk on the dvd drive to boot from it.
But it is not booting from the CD as booting still goes to the Harddisk.
My understanding is that SATA takes First Priority.
Well in such a scenario what does one do in order to install Windows?
Please note both drives are detected in the BIOS

Thank you all for your advise
 

Answer:Solved: New Windows Installation Booting Issues

SATA doesn't take priority, I've installed Windows 7 numerous times from PATA/IDE drives with a SATA drive.

Are you sure the DVD drive works? Can it read a DVD properly? Also you mention CD, but Windows 7 comes on a DVD.

Also since this is an HP you can press ESC, F10, or F12 and choose a one time boot device rather than changing BIOS boot order.
 

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I built a new desktop and i'm trying to install windows 10 on it. I can get into the bios fine and all my components are showing up. I set my initial boot device as the USB and then reboot my PC to start the installation process. The windows logo shows up,but as soon as it gets to purple setup screen for installation my PC shutsdown and reboots. This same process keeps looping and I can't get the w10 installation process started. I only have my keyboard, monitor and USBconnected to the desktop IO panel. I tried a different USB installed with windows 7 but get the same problem.

Answer:Windows 10 Installation Crashing and rebooting while booting from USB

My mother-in-law's computer started doing that. Turned out it was the keyboard was physically bad, believe it or not. I would recommend try starting it up with no keyboard or mouse connected and see if it stays on. Also make sure all the internal components are firmly seated. Also try starting it up without the USB flash drive inserted and see if it will stay on the No Boot Device warning screen without rebooting on it's own.

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Answer:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.
I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

I&#... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

please do not duplicate posts here
Not sure if you have die to a server error - i have been experiencing here
however, closing this post
continue here
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1068945-windows-7-installation-not-booting.html
 

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Steve C said:

I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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Hi,
I've just bought new Asus R540LJ with SSD inside.
I'm trying to install Windows 10 but I get blue screen just after it boots I supose.
Nothing happens, just loading and blue screen.
Tried with pendrive usb 3/dvd. Win 8.1 and Win 10.
Is there anything I can do about it or should I send my laptop back where I bought it?

Answer:Windows 10 Blue Screen while booting installation

fryderykst,

Welcome to TenForums!

That is strange...

Doesn't the Asus R540LJ laptop come with Windows 10 already installed and working? Or, let us know if the machine did not come with an installed Operating System.

Is this a brand new SSD drive? Has it been initialized?

If not, and you first want to rule out issues with the SSD, CrystalDiskInfo can help you check the Solid State Drive's health:
CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

There is also SSD Life, or, check if the manufacturer of the drive has its own utility.

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Answer:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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I have a SSD where my operating system is installed.

I also have a 3 3TB drives.

A 746.52 partition on one of the drives became unallocated after installation of windows 10.

I've managed to recover all the data from the unallocated partition. Would now like to fix the partition.

I think it may be something to do with MBR/GPT?

Here's a screen print from disk management.

Any help appreciated.

Answer:HDD Partition becomes unallocated after Windows 10 installation.

Can you boot with Disc 0 completely disconnected?

I'd guess you can. If so, I don't think you need partition I on disc 0.

You should be able to make disc 0 to behave like disc 2, which is also a 3 TB drive. Disc 0 appears to be initialized as MBR. If you want it do be like disc 2 with a single partition covering the entire 3 TB, you'd need to re-initialize it as GPT, just like disc 2. You'd have to move that data off of the J partition and then delete the J partition to do that. I think there are applications that say they can convert from MBR to GPT without losing data, but I wouldn't trust that. I'd plan to wipe that drive and start over--but you first need to confirm you can boot with disc 0 disconnected.

Was that drive 0 connected when you installed to the SSD? If so, usually a bad idea to have more than 1 drive connected.

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Okay so i clicked custom install and it shows all my drivers. I did a partition on my C drive before doing the installation and when i try to install windows 8 and i want to choose the empty partition unallocated it's not on the screen options?

It only shows C, my Recover, System G, and HP Tools F

How do i make my unallocated show in my windows 8 installation so that i can choose it

Answer:Where is my Partition Drive in the Windows 8 Installation?

Hello NBAPwns,

Reference: How do i change my dynamic disk's into basic again? D:

You'll need to use the tutorial below to create a primary partition with the unallocated space first. Afterwards, it should show up during installation.

Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hi forum,

I've bought a new SSD disk and decided to install Windows 10 instead of cloning my old Windows 8 installation. I felt like I needed a fresh install anyway. I didn't delete my old Windows 8 installation at that moment, because I wanted to transfer the files directly between the two instead of having to backup the files beforehand.

The installation went succesful and I've transferred all necessary data now but apparantly it was a mistake not deleting my old Windows 8 installation before installating Windows 10.

For some reason I cannot delete the partition with my Windows 8 installation even when booted to Windows 10, and whats even worse is that Windows 10 cannot boot at all unless the HDD with Windows 8 is plugged in.

If I unplug the HDD with Windows 8 I get this error: http://www.vercot.com/~serva/an/Imgs...s1_BCD_err.png

"The boot configuration data for your PC is missing or contains errors".

So it would seem that somehow the files necessary to properly boot my new Windows 10 installation has been placed on my old HDD?

Any ideas on how to fix this issue besides doing another clean installation from scratch?

Kind regards,

Brian

Answer:Can't delete old Win 8 partition after installation Windows 10

Step One:

Unplug the HDD with Windows 8.

Step Two:

How to fix the Windows 7/8/10 bootloader if the hard drive has an MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table. -> link

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I have 4 drives C drive, D drive, E drive and F drive, my windows xp is loaded in my C drive and is infected by virus because of which I want to format my entire C drive only and install a new xp in C drive, by deleting the c partitionSo what I did was, I inserted the installation CD when my PC was ON, autoplayed it and selected "install windows xp", later I got a prompt to choose either the "upgrade windows xp" or "new installation" so I selected "new installation" and later I got another prompt to copy all installation files from my "CD-ROM (i.e something i386)" drive to "\Windows" folder on my hard drive (if I wanted I could change the path) and then I ticked one option "copy all installation files" after copying, my PC restarted and then after several blue screens, I was taken to 1 blue screen, which displayed my 4 partitions, and I wanted to delete the first partition i.e C partition (to delete my old windows xp and format the entire C drive) so I hit the "D" key and instead of deleting, windows displayed a message "unable to delete C partition as it contains temporary installation files which are required for set up to complete"Now how can I change the location of the installation folder? So that I can delete my c partitionvery urgent the virus will kill me, so many trojans and worms

Answer:Windows xp installation cannot delete C partition

Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
Press "Enter"
Press "L"
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
Press enter,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID so you are the administrator by default.
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
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I have a SSD where my operating system is installed.

I also have a 3 3TB drives.

A 746.52 partition on one of the drives became unallocated after installation of windows 10.

I've managed to recover all the data from the unallocated partition. Would now like to fix the partition.

I think it may be something to do with MBR/GPT?

Here's a screen print from disk management.

Any help appreciated.

Answer:HDD Partition becomes unallocated after Windows 10 installation.

Can you boot with Disc 0 completely disconnected?

I'd guess you can. If so, I don't think you need partition I on disc 0.

You should be able to make disc 0 to behave like disc 2, which is also a 3 TB drive. Disc 0 appears to be initialized as MBR. If you want it do be like disc 2 with a single partition covering the entire 3 TB, you'd need to re-initialize it as GPT, just like disc 2. You'd have to move that data off of the J partition and then delete the J partition to do that. I think there are applications that say they can convert from MBR to GPT without losing data, but I wouldn't trust that. I'd plan to wipe that drive and start over--but you first need to confirm you can boot with disc 0 disconnected.

Was that drive 0 connected when you installed to the SSD? If so, usually a bad idea to have more than 1 drive connected.

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

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Answer:Solved: Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

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Ok, I have an external hard drive (150GB) which is partitioned into two parts. One partition , about 145gb, is data and files of my own. Then there is an extended partition at 5gb in size, which contains windows xp installation files. What I did was take my windows xp cd, make an ISO, and then extracted the iso and put the files into the extended partition of my external usb hard drive.

The computer I want to install to has a cd drive that is not working and thus i cannot install windows xp from a cd. The BIOS of the computer DOES support booting from a USB device.

I have partition magic software and have used it to create the 5gb extended partition on the usb external drive. However, I don't know how to configure anything so that it will acutally know to boot from this partition and what files to use to start the installation.

Any ideas!!?
 

Answer:booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

The partition on the external drive that contains the installation files needs to be an active partition in order to boot from it.

Personally, I would install a working CD drive. They are quite inexpensive these days.
 

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Hi everyone,

I am using Windows 7. I tried installing ubuntu with the option " Include Ubuntu along with window partition".

While installing ubuntu, error occurred. Now unable to boot Windows also. It prompts for recovery cd.

I am not having recovery disk.

Tried using other machine's recovery cd - Diskpart. But got the following error while selecting a partition.

virtual disk service error:
this operation is not allowed on an invalid disk. The disk may be invalid beacuse it is corrupted or failing, or it may be invalid because it is offline.

Required your help to recover windows without affecting the existing data.

Thanks.

Answer:Error in booting Windows after Ubuntu installation failure

Try a Startup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times




   Information
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?

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My pc won't load windows 10.. it gives Error code 0xc000000f.. it allows me to go to startup settings, to start in safe mode, in low resolution mode etc..., but anyway it wont log in, it gives an error UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME... So i decided to install a windows 7 with a bootable usb.. and when I boot from usb it loads the installation windows screen, then the windows logo, and then stucks in a black screen with a cursor and no options... I tried burning the windows in a dvd.. same problem.. anyone has some solutions ?

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Hi there. I've built a brand new HTPC and it has UEFI BIOS on it. I've tried to install Windows 7 with USB drive that I've made UEFI bootable with Rufus, but it gives me blue screen everytime after Windows goes from "Windows files are loading" screen to a Windows logo animation. The hard drive that I'm using is set to MBR, (I know that I should set it to GPT for UEFI installation). I don't want to have a UEFI version of Windows in my system anymore. How do I install legacy version of Windows 7 from USB stick on UEFI BIOS capable PC with HDD using MBR?

Answer:How to prevent Windows 7 installation from booting in UEFI mode?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Enter your bios and go to Advanced and boot and disable secure boot,
If there is no option to disable secure boot look for OS Type and switch to Other os
After installing Microsoft Update KB3133977 for Windows 7, some users may encounter a "Secure Boot Violation" , which makes the system fail to boot into the operating system.

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This article describes how to create a separate System partition and configure the boot environment to start both Windows Vista and Windows 7. The System partition is the disk partition marked as Active and contains the boot files used to start Windows. Windows Vista is usually installed on a disk partition that is marked Active.
Installing Windows 7 to a new partition on the same disk does not change the Active partition. However, creating a system image backup from Windows 7 includes critical boot files from the System partition, which may also include Windows Vista files. Using a disk configuration with a separate System partition for boot files supports a multiple boot configuration and allows a system image backup of Windows 7 without Windows Vista files.
Full tutorial on Technet.

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I have had an Ubuntu/XP system for a while now, but yesterday it started bluescreening just after the windows logo on every attempt to boot. Also, while I can boot into Ubuntu fine, I cannot access the data partition which is pretty scary! I havent backed up in a good few weeks.

I dont have a recovery disk to run chkdsk from, what can I do?

Thank you for your time.
 

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Hello !
The EFI partition contents is related with a specific windows installations or with PC's UEFI ?
For example :
Let's have 2 PC :
- Different hardware
- GPT (Different / or Same ) Partition scheme
- Same version and editions of Windows 8.1

What can we say about EFI partition contents on these 2 PC ?
Thank you !

Answer:Efi partition is related to windows installation or UEFI

The EFI partition is the System Boot Files Partition (ie System partition)

GPT is a different partition format (allows more then 4 primary partitions, MBR only 4 primary partitions)

Very limited X86 support for GPT partitions and UEFI - system depending

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Hello all. My first post on these forums. Hope I don't break any rules in it
I'll try to be short and clear in describing my problem, but please bare with me here as it's not the simplest of issues (not to me anyway).
I got a (at the time new) MSi laptop several months back with just a regular Windows 8 Core x64 on it and a UEFI boot system (or whatever is the name for "BIOSs"). At some point I had problems with the settings - I couldn't open any of my computer's settings - and I researched long and hard to no avail. So I installed Windows 7 32-bit (the only disk I had). Now, I'm trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro. I noticed that after the installation of 8.1 Pro my system was still running in 32-bit, so I made a bootable USB stick with the retail version of Windows 8 Core with no key just to get the system back to x64. It worked just fine. I cannot, however, boot in UEFI mode. I believe the partition got wiped somewhere in the Windows 7 installation. Whenever I enter UEFI by pressing the DEL button (I cannot see the UEFI firmware settings tile under the Troubleshoot option) I see the boot mode is LEGACY and when I change it to UEFI, save and reset, it doesn't boot, giving me a "No media found" error. I don't care about my settings/files as long as I get UEFI back with Windows 8.1 Pro running.
I googled long enough to know I'm not going anywhere if I don't ask someone with expertise on this matter.
My next attempt would be to try and install 8.1 Pro fro... Read more

Answer:UEFI Partition Wiped After Windows 7 Installation

Yes that is correct, when you load a different OS on the hard drive. All previous partitions are wiped off of the hard drive. Only way to get it back, is to reinstall Windows 8.x.x.

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Hi
I prepared a ntfs partition on my second hard drive, big enough for W8. I also hid the other partitions of W7 so that only the new partition would be active. I started the installation CD (W8 enterprise, test version) and the list of all partitions apeared. As I choosed the prepared partition, I was surprised to see a message that: no existing system partition could be found! !! I tryed to format it, to delete it, creat again and what ever all....
I googled around and didnt find any information so i gave up and installed it normaly (without hiding the other OS). But at the end of the test version i will have to repeat this procces und I would be happy to find a solution....
Anybody has an idee???

Answer:Windows setup does´nt find partition for installation

hi ,check this tutorial it might give you some info on what you did wrong or need to do to make it right ,good luck .
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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