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Canít do clean install of Windows 7 Operating System

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#1 dellmon


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Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:49 AM

I just bought a refurbished Dell desktop PC that came with Windows XP Home preloaded. I have bought the disc from Microsoft for Windows 7 OS and want to do a clean install on that PC.

When I put in the Windows 7 disc and restart the PC, the cursor will appear for about a minute flashing in the upper left hand corner of the black screen before the machine finally boots to Windows XP Home edition.

Things Iíve tried:

1. Reboot and hit F2 to check the reboot order which is already set to do ďOnboard or USB CD-ROM DriveĒ as the first choice.
2. Reboot and hit F12 to see if there are any other options that make sense (which donít to me).
3. Reboot in Safe Mode (and then what do I do?)

Hereís my PCís configuration:

Dell GX280 Desktop
Pentium 4 2.80 GHz
750 Gb Hard Drive
2 Gb RAM

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:13 PM

Go into the BIOS and change the boot order there from HDD to CD/DVD-Rom

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:37 PM

Here is the boot order as it currently stands:

Bios Boot order:

1. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
2. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive
3. Onboard SATA Hard Drive
4. Onboard IDE Hard Drive (not present)
5. Onboard Network Controller

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 02:35 PM

On a gx280 that can be caused by one of Four things

1. You have a Cdrom drive trying to read a DVD
2. Bad Drive
3. Bad Disk
4. DVDRom / DVDRW thast no longer reads DVDs, It could still read CDs BTW, different laser.

I'm guessing you have a CDrom or CDRW drive or a DVD drive that no longer reads DVDs

One other problem is the built-in video may not have a win7 driver available. If you Are using a Video Card that is a different matter.

Good Luck

Edited by rotor123, 06 August 2011 - 02:37 PM.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 04:06 PM

Pop in the DVD and run the Setup from desktop. When you are presented with the partition you want to install to, delete them all and create a new one from the unallocated space. Install Windows 7.

Edited by bludgard, 06 August 2011 - 04:09 PM.

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