Windows 7 Installation interruption - Please help!

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  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 27 Apr 2012 19:32:51 2,456 posts
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    Right whenever I ask you guys for help, you're always top notch, so I hope you can help me with this one.

    I have an alright PC that I want to have to just to do a little light browsing, writing etc and wanted to install W7 on it from XP.
    I got the install CD, set the bios to boot from CD, started the install.
    Now, I have an old Nvidia graphics card lying around - nothing fancy. But rather than giving the PC sonething extra to do right now, I leave the monitor plugged into the original hole in the back (onboard graphics). Just as the PC reboots for the third time half way through expanding the installation files, the monitor refuses to come back on.
    I can hear the PC HDD clicking away, so I just leave it.
    For three hours....Nothing. So I unplug the monitor and use another - same thing. No signal to the monitor. As if things couldn't get worse, the power goes out for about half an hour.
    So whilst it's out, I tried whacking in the graphics card, plug the monitor in to that, when the power comes back on I turn the PC on. It starts up, the monitor is fine, 'Windows is starting'. Ideal!
    Then it gives me this:
    The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "O.K" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation.
    Which I do. But it's now in a loop. It boots from CD, gives me this error after saying - 'Windows is starting services'. So I try to reorder the boot sequence to HDD first - same thing.
    Is there a way I can restart the installation? I tried unplugging the power cable and holding the power button (this worked when I had a similar problem when I installed it on my laptop last year) and trying again, but it doesn't want to go to the installation options.
    Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

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  • Deleted user 27 April 2012 19:36:40
    Probably the easiest thing to do is boot from a linux recovery CD or something and format the HDD.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 27 Apr 2012 19:57:01 2,456 posts
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    Thought that may be my only option. So the HDD is pretty much fuckoed then. Lovely. Will download a linux repair cd now...
    Cheers meme!

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  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 27 Apr 2012 20:18:13 2,456 posts
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    Fuck it. The damn BIOS can't boot from USB or DVD. Has to be HDD. FutherMucker. No slave HDD connector either...strange...

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  • neilka 27 Apr 2012 20:30:38 16,530 posts
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    If it can boot from CD as you said in your first post then it should be able to boot from DVD?

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  • Dirtbox 27 Apr 2012 20:32:41 79,200 posts
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    Yeah, just reboot from the windows dvd and reformat from there.

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  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 27 Apr 2012 20:38:51 2,456 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    If it can boot from CD as you said in your first post then it should be able to boot from DVD?
    It was booting from DVD to install. Then I think once it restarted and only had the BIOS drivers, it couldn't continue with the DVD drive. I've got a CD drive and a separate DVD drive.

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  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 27 Apr 2012 20:41:16 2,456 posts
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    @Dirtbox That's the problem. I don't have an original Windows disk, just a downloaded one. I have my activation code, just not the bloody cd. It's 3gb, so it'll only fit on a DVD. I should think the BIOS would be able to boot from the CD drive, just not the DVD.
    I have the fucked HDD inside my other PC as a slave and am reformatting now....don't know what to do then though.
    Can I install Windows 7 from a DVD onto a slave HDD?

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  • Fake_Blood 27 Apr 2012 20:44:46 4,448 posts
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    What exactly is "an alright PC"?
    It's not like 5 years old right?
  • Dirtbox 27 Apr 2012 21:14:02 79,200 posts
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    CD and DVD are interchangeable words, don't get caught up on them in this context.

    Boot from the windows DVD you downloaded.

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  • Dirtbox 27 Apr 2012 23:44:29 79,200 posts
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    I haven't seen a CD drive since 2001.

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  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:24:04 9,950 posts
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    Bumpity!

    Chaps, I've just bought the father-in-law a new desktop PC with windows 7 as the OS. 3 days since handing over the keys he has burst through his 10gb internet allowance. Am I right in thinking this is just Windows 7 checking for and downloading Windows updates automatically?
  • Steve_Perry 2 Apr 2014 11:26:26 5,200 posts
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    Still sounds like a lot. I think Service Pack one is less than a gig. Are you sure he isn't torrenting loads of midget pr0n?
  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:28:57 9,950 posts
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    ha ha, if he was I'd be impressed. Even if he'd picked up a virus in those 3 days, it wouldn't be downloading that much, surely?

    Edited by binky at 11:30:11 02-04-2014
  • nickthegun 2 Apr 2014 11:29:20 61,305 posts
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    First launch windows seven updates weigh in at around 1gb (900mb and change) iirc, so, yeah, hes hammering the porn.

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  • X201 2 Apr 2014 11:31:09 15,743 posts
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    You could look at the Windows Update history.
  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:31:15 9,950 posts
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    I'm pretty positive he's not, so something odd is going on. Unless plusnet are misreporting?
  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:32:20 9,950 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    You could look at the Windows Update history.
    .... oh. I spose I could. :) I haven't used Windows for many years. Cheers though. I'll pop round and have a looksee.
  • Steve_Perry 2 Apr 2014 11:32:52 5,200 posts
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    Unless he has been downloading games or software I don't know what it could be. Even streaming loads of video wouldn't amount to 10gig in 3 days.
  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:35:48 9,950 posts
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    I know! That's why I'm so confused by it.

    It's definitely not games or software. He hasn't got a clue about that. In fact, about the only website he uses is something called Nexus wallpapers, or something similar. Bonkers.
  • nickthegun 2 Apr 2014 11:36:07 61,305 posts
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    If you log into his plusnet account, it will (or at least he used to) show you when the data was used.

    Bear in mind that an hour long HD show on iPlayer is 700ishMB, so a few hours of telly, windows updates and some strong pornography and you have smashed through the 10gb barrier.

    (I used to work for a company that acted as an ISP, among other things, and the amount of people who think iPlayer takes up no bandwidth because you arent strictly downloading anything is astonishing).

    Edited by nickthegun at 11:36:44 02-04-2014

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  • Steve_Perry 2 Apr 2014 11:42:51 5,200 posts
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    Bless. I remember my first three days of high speed internet. I still have the RSI as a memento.
  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:46:52 9,950 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    So yeah, he's been power wanking.
    Imagine your father-in-law doing the same. Do it. DAMN YOUR EYES!

    Just wondering if I left his wifi signal unlocked, but I'm pretty positive that's not the case. As much as I don't want to, I'm going to have to go round there at lunchtime just to put my own mind at ease.

    If I can't open the front door due to a mountain of crinkled kleenex, I'm going to leave very quickly.
  • Steve_Perry 2 Apr 2014 11:49:59 5,200 posts
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    You better take him some water. I bet he is pretty dehydrated.
  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 11:50:50 9,950 posts
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    Steve_Perry wrote:
    You better take him some water. I bet he is pretty dehydrated.
    Good call. I'll take it in a squirty bottle, just in case.

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  • sickpuppysoftware 2 Apr 2014 12:25:00 1,351 posts
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    Any chance the router that came had the WIFI left wide open.
    In which case look for neighbours walking gingerly.

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  • binky Moderator 2 Apr 2014 13:56:47 9,950 posts
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    I was positive the router was locked, I remember setting a password. Double checked to be sure and it was secure.
    Had a look at the Windows updates. Couldn't see sizes but there had been 19 of them in 24 hours, so I'm pretty sure that's the cause. I've turned off autoupdate for now, and also installed AVG. Will keep my eye on the usage and see if that settles it down.

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  • Steve_Perry 2 Apr 2014 14:00:03 5,200 posts
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    19 isn't a lot. They are often tiny.

    The sticky truth will out.
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