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After failed Win 10 upgarde can't PC will only boot XP


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#1 Zi11a

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 09:05 AM

After unsuccessfully trying to installing windows 10,it was stuck on 46% for 17 hours.

 

I tried to reinstall my windows 7 Pro Disc,it wouldn’t boot and was not recognize the disc,l tried to load and boot an Linux Ubuntu & Mint via usb & disc,didn't work.

 

I tried an XP pro disc that l downloaded and burnt onto a CD,that loaded XP pro on my PC. Which seems to work apart from not been able to access the internet.

 

I'm thinking maybe l should wipe the hard-drive and try to  reinstall my windows 7.Good idea or bad idea ?

 

Please help.



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 09:24 AM

Did you try to re-install Windows 7 with the original installation DVD or did you try to re-install it with a Repair CD?

 

You can boot to a Linux CD and delete the partitions and then try to boot to the Windows 7 installation DVD.



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 11:28 AM

I built the PC so l used the original  OEM to try to re-install Windows 7.

I tried to boot to Linux via USB & CD the PC wont boot off either.

 

thanks for reply



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 11:32 AM

If you can't boot to a disc that doesn't sound like it is the result of a failed Windows 10 upgrade. That makes me think that you are dealing with a BIOS setting. I guess I'm just not understanding why you say a Windows XP CD will boot but a Windows 7 DVD and a Linux CD will not boot? Can you verify the Windows 7 DVD and Linux CD will boot on other computers?


Edited by packetanalyzer, 22 August 2015 - 11:34 AM.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:18 PM

Are you sure your Linux distros are on CDs? Sounds a bit small for most recent flavors of Ubuntu and Mint. If they are, just ignore me, but if they're on DVDs, your player might only be able to read CDs and not DVDs. Hence, the ability to read XP.



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:45 PM

Are you sure your Linux distros are on CDs? Sounds a bit small for most recent flavors of Ubuntu and Mint. If they are, just ignore me, but if they're on DVDs, your player might only be able to read CDs and not DVDs. Hence, the ability to read XP.

 

 

good call.



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:53 PM

@packetanalyzer

Windows 7 DVD and the Linux CD boots on other computers and l have reset my BIOS.

 

@leithanne

No they are on DVD.

Would my player suddenly stop reading DVDs ? 

 

I will try and try and burn another OP onto a CD and see if that works.

 

Thanks for the help guys.

 

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:12 PM

It's possible the DVD laser of the optical drive went south. A DVD burner has two lasers, one for DVD and the other for CD. Puppy linux can be burnt to a CD. Fatdog64, based on Puppy, is also a good distro for CD



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:15 PM

It's possible the DVD laser of the optical drive went south. A DVD burner has two lasers, one for DVD and the other for CD. Puppy linux can be burnt to a CD. Fatdog64, based on Puppy, is also a good distro for CD

 

If indeed this is what happend (plausible with the symptoms you have experienced) you can also attach an external DVD drive and try to boot from that. If it boots then you know your DVD drive is bad.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:17 PM

I have had very good luck creating bootable USB flash drives using Rufus.



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:26 PM

I have tried too boot via USB using Rufus,no luck.

I will try Puppy.

 

thanks guys



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:08 AM

Thanks for the help guys,the problem seems to be that the DVD drive is bad.l managed to get Fatdog 64  burnt to a CD to boot.

Looks like l have to replace the optical drive. 

 

 

 

Your help was much appreciated.


Edited by Zi11a, 23 August 2015 - 09:22 AM.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:11 AM

Your Welcome. Glad you narrowed down the problem. But, I am wondering why you could not boot from USB. Thanks for the update.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:29 AM

Your Welcome. Glad you narrowed down the problem. But, I am wondering why you could not boot from USB. Thanks for the update.

Not sure why but I'm going to try reinstall my Win7 pro via USB,I will report back if it works.

 

Thanks again 






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