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Problem installing Home Premium on SSD


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#1 ViridianScourge

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 04:13 PM

To start at the beginning: some laggy computer instances lead me to decide to replace my crappy seagate hdd with a solid state. I got a Samsung 840 Pro (256 gig). I was going to reuse my Windows key, the OS being Windows 7 Home Premium.

Rather than research to see if I first needed to deactivate the os/key on my old seagate, I took the easy route and decided I would just install the new ssd alongside the old hard drive (dont know if that's part of the reason for the problem...I can never even get to the screen where it says to input the key, where I thought the problem may be.)

It installs some files, restarts, gives a quick message about doing something with the registry, then promptly gives me this message "windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer." This obviously don't work. I tried reformatting the drive multiple times, but no go. My computer DOES see the drive though.

Another strange occurance- after that failed, I said "screw the solid state!" And to use my computer til I figured out the issue, booted from my old, working OS on the other drive. It very quickly gives me a stop c000021a error. It definitely did not like me trying to install windows 7 on another drive. Any help to get EITHER drive up and running would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Edited by ViridianScourge, 02 September 2014 - 04:14 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

For starters, you can rest assured that your problems are not caused by the activation key issue.

One would be inclined to believe that your installation media is corrupt, or if it is a DVD, maybe the player's laser eye is dirty.

The Samsung  840 is a very good SSD and is highly unlikely to be the cause of the problems.

When you install a new system, you must have only one hard drive connected or the MBR could easily find itself on the wrong hdd and you'd soon find out that it's dependent on the other drive, ie: if you remove the 2nd drive, the system will no longer boot.

Furthermore, it's safer to not have the second drive in there in case you mistakenly wipe it out when you're at the point of installation where you choose which drive/partition to install to.

If you'd like to first get the old hard drive going, use your installation media to the second page that it stops at, where you are offered to proceed to an installation or go to Repairs.

Repairs is what you would want and everything is self explanatory when you get in there and typically, the computer will automatically try to repair the start up part of the system.

If that doesn't work, you can reboot again into repairs and try a restore point to get it up and running again.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 08:54 PM

Luckily, my roommate had a spare windows 7 home premium dvd, in case mine was too scratched. It stopped at the exact same point. I guess it could be the laser eye, it just seems a little farfetched. Its not possible there's something wrong with the drive, right? I'm sure it wouldnt read if there was something wrong with it.

As for getting the other drive going, tried to repair it via the windows 7 dvd, and it couldn't repair. Tried to restore it to an earlier point in time, there was one from a few days ago, but it wouldn't let me select it...said I needed to enable... disc protection I think it was?

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 09:45 PM

The laser eye coverings commonly get dirty and they will foul up Windows installations.

It's as simple as cleaning it with a Q tip to solve the problem.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 03:42 PM

Borrowed a new blu ray disc drive off my roommate and still no go. Any other ideas? We've at least eliminated the possibility of the disc and dvd drive.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:12 PM

Try a clean re install of windows 7 on the new ssd. SSD vs. Mechanical drives have very different storage method. Always perform a clean installation on SSD 


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#7 ViridianScourge

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:43 PM

Even if the drive is less than a week old? Probably tried installing windows a dozen times now trying different things, although I did reformat every time.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:52 PM

Have you enabled AHCI in the bios ?



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:56 PM

Did you supply the SSD controller driver during install?  I suspect you did not and the install failed since no drive was found to install on.  You should never install a new OS with the former OS drive enabled in the system.  This is due to install using the old disk since its usually marked as the boot drive.  This also explains why you are having issues with the old boot.  Hopefully you have backed up your important data from the old drive.  A repair install should fix your old boot.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:04 PM

There's still a chance that even your room mate's installation disc is messed up.

If you want to, you can download 7 from the internet and burn a new copy onto a GOOD quality DVD and try again.

That will be the only way to be sure that it's not a problem with your media.

 

So let's presume that even with a new DVD with a new ISO, it won't install, then we would start thinking in terms of a bad hard drive/SSD.

Beyond that, there could be some weird thing like bad ram, or a bad motherboard, or a peripheral that is shorting out the system.

None of those are very likely, but it wouldn't hurt to reseat the ram, perhaps try the installation with just one stick of ram.

The odds are far greater that your room mate's DVD is also corrupt, than anything else, but you can find out by downloading a fresh copy and remember to use a good brand of DVD-R.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:09 PM

Knew having the other drive active woulda been a problem, unfortunately I thought about it right after it failed the first time, haha.

Im glad someone mentioned enabling AHCI, a coworker just called and told me a similar thing happened to him. Looking how to enable it now, having trouble finding the option in my asus interface...

Edit- I just switched it over to ahci...as for the controller driver, how do I go about that? Sounds like I need a working computer to download the driver and "install" it?

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:39 PM

You don't need any special controller for a Samsung 840.

The AHCI setting only improves speed so it's not likely to make any difference at this point.

If you installed an OS onto a machine in IDE mode, then changed it to AHCI, that would definitely cause a problem and surely wouldn't boot up. but with regards to the problems you are having now, they were not caused from being in IDE mode.

BTW: That's extremely surprising to find any modern machine, defaulting to IDE instead of AHCI.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:47 PM

I originally tried installing it in IDE mode, but when I switched to AHCI, I reformatted it to start at square 1. Indeed, even with AHCI active it failed at the exact same registry spot upon the restart. I guess with the 840 not havimg a driver I need to install, that does limit further what my problem could be.

I can try having my roommate burn another copy to a DVD, its just so strange his DVD failed exactly where mine did.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:50 PM

Windows 7 does provide a native ACHI driver.

Please post the specs of your motherboard/system specs (brand name and model number if it's an OEM box)



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:00 PM

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