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#1 jake21

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 05:55 PM

Working on a laptop. I set the BIOS to boot from the cd drive. When I put my windows 7 DVD in, it starts to load up the Windows install program then I get this error:

SETUP WAS UNABLE TO CREATE A NEW SYSTEM PARTITION OR LOCATE AN EXISTING ..SEE SETUP LOG FILES.

THE HARD DRIVE IS SHOWN AS

DISK0, PARTITION 1 298.1 GB, 298 GB FREE.

I FORMATED THE HARD DRIVE THROUGH A C: PROMPT WHEN I STARTED THE COMPUTER.

Why can't I install windows?

Edited by jake21, 08 July 2016 - 05:56 PM.


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Posted 08 July 2016 - 06:01 PM

If you are starting clean then have you tried deleting all partitions so it shows "Drive blah, 289.1GB/289.1GB) available.

 

. also did you format it as NTFS? then mark it active?


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 07:36 AM

I only went to a dos prompt and formatted.

c: format.

How do I delete all partitions, etc as you mentioned. Thanks...

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:11 AM

See this guide on a step by step clean install. Just delete all partitions and then press next. Windows 7 will automatically partition and format the drive.

 

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/windows-7-clean-install-part-1.htm

 

If this is an upgrade disk and not a full install disk you can see this guide on doing a clean install using an upgrade disk.

 

http://winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-128512

 

Edit: If you cannot get to the Window that allows you to delete the partitions then at this Window press Shift + F10. This will open a command prompt window. Type the following

 

diskpart    Will open the diskpart command window

list disk

select disk X    Where X is the number associated with the hard drive you will be installing Windows to. If you only have one hard disk it will be disk 0. 

clean                 This will delete all partitions

exit                    Exits out of diskpart

exit                    Exits out of command prompt

 

Press Next to continue the install.


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 09:52 AM

JohnC's post is very much spot-on!  I just recently had to do what the thread-starter is wanting to do; and sure enough, if the hard-drive is not properly prepped, Windows 7 will not install.  +1 for JohnC.


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 01:56 PM

JohnC's post is very much spot-on!  I just recently had to do what the thread-starter is wanting to do; and sure enough, if the hard-drive is not properly prepped, Windows 7 will not install.  +1 for JohnC.

Awesome, so my input was useless. got it. starting to dislike these forums. unfollowing the thread.. gl hf.

 

 

I only went to a dos prompt and formatted.

c: format.

How do I delete all partitions, etc as you mentioned. Thanks...

 

From inside the windows installation, when it asks you where to install, hit delete on all partitions until is says 200GB / 200GB free (with your HDD size Obviously) then you should be good to go,

 

In my 18 years+ experience  I've NEVER had to use diskpart to format a main hdd. ever. only flashdrives when installing linux.

 

gl hf, hope it get's resolved.


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 05:12 PM

Tip of the hat to ya JOHN...worked to perfection...followed the step by step....went right in. Thank you for taking the time to help me out on this one.......All Smiles here!!!!!!!!!!!




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