I am having issues installing Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit(OEM) on a newly built PC. The error message that I am receiving after clicking to install windows is this:
I understand that this is a common issue that people face when trying to install Windows 7 as evidenced by the plethora of threads scattered across various forums on the web related to this very issue. Thus, based on my research through these threads, I've tried to solve this issue but to no avail. I understand that the particular fix to this problem varies depending on what motherboard the computer has. These are the components in my computer:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110N
Links for motherboard:http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5738&kw=GA-H110N#ov
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB
For more information on my build, you can watch this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_Lw8e7yFk
My build is the same as the one in that video.
For this build, I decided to not install an internal optical drive, so I opted for making a bootable flash drive for windows 7. Keep in mind, that I actually have the physical DVD; I didn't torrent the ISO or anything like that. I've used multiple methods(only two out of the five methods seemed to work) just to make sure this wasn't the cause of the drive issue. The first method I tried can be found in this video:
This video demonstrates the command prompt method for making a bootable flash drive for windows, which involves these commands:
select disk 1
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick
d: cd boot
It seems that this method was a success. I receive the driver is missing error message when using the bootable flash drive created from this method.
The second method I tried was the one recommended my Mircrosoft, which was to use their Windows USB/DVD download tool. I created the ISO file from my windows 7 DVD with imgburn. The tool did not accept this file. Thus, I used this fix for that particular issue:http://www.intowindows.com/fix-the-selected-file-is-not-a-valid-iso-file-error-in-windows-7-usbdvd-download-tool/
After applying that fix to the ISO file, the tool accepted it, but it failed at 99%. After that, I tried the fix in this article:https://ardamis.com/2012/03/03/windows-7-usbdvd-download-tool-unable-to-copy-files/
However, it still failed at 99% after applying this fix. So, I created the ISO file once again with imgburn, but at the slowest speed(slow burn) to see if this would make a difference. This failed as well even after applying all the necessary fixes. I tried this process on a different computer to see if the other computer was causing the issue and it still failed. I also tried it on different flash drives to which it failed for that as well. Thus, I was unable to make a bootable windows flash drive with this method.
The third method I tried was with Rufus, but this failed as well. I received this error message: Write error [0x00000015] - retrying...
Write error [0x00000015] - retrying...
Write error [0x00000015]
Error writing file: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
The fourth method I tried was with WinsetupfromUSB 1.6. This program didn't even accept the ISO I created from my Windows DVD, so I used this iso: http://downloads.jmay.us/Downloads/Windows7Prox64.aspx
It accepted this iso, but it didn't seem to succeed. The program indicated that it completed the process, but I encountered a black screen when trying to use the bootable windows flash drive created with this program.
The fifth method I tried seemed to work. I used the program wintoflash. With the bootable flash drive I created with this method, I receive the same error message that I receive with the bootable flash drive I made with the first method. However, the key difference is that with this one, I am unable to access the repair options that can be found on the "Install Windows" screen. The error I receive when trying to access the repair options is this:
However, here is the kicker. I tried the flash drives created from the first and fifth method on another computer, to see if I would receive a different result. And it seemed to work. I didn't receive the same error message that I received on my newly built computer and was proceeded to the screen to accept the license agreement.
Another thing, I tried installing windows with an external optical drive, but received the same error message.
Based on this, it seems that I've succeeded to create a bootable flash drive with the first and fifth method and that I may have to alter the settings in the motherboard BIOS to get around this error message. I am just not sure what exactly I need to do in the BIOS. I've flashed the BIOS, but this didn't fix the problem as well.
Besides all that, I will outline all the steps I've took thus far to try to solve this issue:
1. I tried to move the flash drive to another USB port, particularly a 2.0 port, after going to the "install windows" screen. This didn't work. I tried every single USB 2.0 port in the computer.
2. I tried changing the boot priority in the BIOS, with USB being the first one, and the SSD being the second.
3. I tried this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo7tyFFjSsA
4. I tried to install the drivers on the computer, and received several error messages, particularly for this driver:Intel SATA Preinstall driver(For AHCI / RAID Mode) and the display audio driver. These are the error messages I received for these drivers:
Also, when trying to install the USB 3.0 driver, the computer freezes, forcing me to manually shut down the computer.
5. These seem be all the steps I've taken thus far that I can remember right now. If I happen to remember any other measures that I've taken, I will edit the post and provide them.
Some other things to note:
1. When flash drives are inserted in the computer, they do not show up after inputting diskpart>list disk in the command prompt:
I find this rather odd to say the least.
2. If it is of any merit, with this computer, I am able to use Ubuntu through the "try" option. In Ubuntu, the flash drives can be accessed(this is how I moved the drivers on the computer).
I apologize for the lengthy post, but I want to provide as much information as possible. Thank you for any help that can be provided.
Edited by KArthur92, 10 July 2016 - 07:20 PM.