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Windows 7 install fail!!


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#1 John-Mack

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 12:58 PM

Hello, I am trying to install Windows 7 on my computer, however after after the computer reboots after the initial components are installed it hangs up  on the "completing install entry.

 

The computer is an a hp6500f that was I purchased at a yard sale. As it did not have a hard drive or re installation DVD I installed a used /blank  hard drive and  had a Win 7 64 bit dvd install disk that I tried using. The install disk is for a Dell computer and as I have an HP could this be the problem??

 

The sticker on this computer says it came with Vista!! but I assume it will work with Windows 7??

  Any help would be much appreciated..



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Posted 12 November 2016 - 02:25 PM

Dell installation media...are devised for specific Dell systems.  HP installation media...are devised for specific HP systems.

 

Neither of these can be used in the same manner as a MS Genuine Windows install CD/DVD on systems for which the media were not intended/developed.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 12 November 2016 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 12 November 2016 - 02:57 PM

Thank you Louis!! That's my problem then. I will have to try and find a HP or generic install disc then.

Thanks again for you help..

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 04:05 PM

Even if you find a HP Windows 7 install disk you will still need to purchase a license for it as the computer was installed with Vista.

 

A linux distro like Mint Mate would run well on this computer if it has 4GB or RAM as shown in the specs.

 

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c01463058



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Posted 12 November 2016 - 05:13 PM

Thanks JohnC!!
This is exactly what I plan on doing!! I have Mint Xfce running on it now but I thought about dual booting with Windows!
I know it's a matter of opinion but would you suggest Mate over Xfce??
The machine does have 4GB of memory but was not sure if Mate would run ok on it!!

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 05:15 PM

I don't have enough experience with Mint Mate but if Xfce suits your needs go with it. You can always boot a live DVD disk of Mate or even Cinnamon to see if each is better to your liking.

 

Edit: Just be prepared for a terrible experience in trying to update a clean install of Windows 7. There have been many threads on the Windows 7 forum concerning problems with updating clean installs and solutions.


Edited by JohnC_21, 12 November 2016 - 05:17 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2016 - 12:37 PM

 

The install disk is for a Dell computer

As others have said, that is the problem. If you purchase a retail version of Windows 7 you will have no problems with the installation. In addition, If you do that, you must find all the system drivers for that Dell unit, including the chipset, audio and video drivers. for the motherboard. That can be an ordeal.


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 04:07 PM

Thanks ranchhand,

 

  It looks like I will be sticking with Linux and XP untill I figure out what to do. 






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