Solved Need to know how to install Win7 OEM on new custom-build

August 24, 2015 at 08:21:13
Specs: windows 7 OEM, i5-4690k/GSkill Ripjaws 8GB
my build:

anyways I've had all of this assembled and my OEM arrived at my house today but all the guides are outdated, I have no OS on my computer and I don't know how to get to BIOS on this motherboard, I've tried restarting and pressing keys but all I get when it starts up is a black screen with a blinking underscore and then the screen goes black and stays like it.

also I'm reusing my dad's HDD from his old computer so I needed to reinstall windows, do I need a new HDD too? or can I still use the old one?

it's my first build from scratch and I need to know how to install Windows 7 (I have the disc in the disc drive and my PC starts up fine, just it won't boot from the disc)

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August 24, 2015 at 10:25:11
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Most common keys to get to the BIOS are F2, F1, Esc, You may be able to get a boot menu using F12 and then select to boot to the CD/DVD drive.

You shouldn't need a new HDD unless the other one is damaged. I'm assuming it's a SATA drive and you have both connectors secured?

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August 24, 2015 at 11:14:01
i tried all of those keys but the screen stays back

and both connectors are secure, and it is a SATA HDD around 5 years old but its in great condition.

i'll try my other disc drive

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August 24, 2015 at 13:08:24

You should always bench test a new build before you put it all together. Do you see any bios screen when you boot up?

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August 24, 2015 at 20:25:38
Gigabyte uses the Delete key during boot up to access BIOS set up.
Make sure that your CPU, RAM is set correctly as well as date/time/time zone, then set to PCIe 16X for your graphics (if present), make sure HD is bootable and in the boot order directly behind your optical drive. Save changes and Exit. When you boot up again, tep any letter key to boot from the optical drive and begin the Windows install. Make sure that you choose the Custom install option and go to the Partition/Format options and delete any existing partition, create a new partition, and format it to NTFS. Then proceed with the install.
Look at this:
for more tips.

Note that if you cannot access the BIOS set up then you will have to break it all down and do a bench test as riider suggests. It is always best to do this first, but you appear to have it already assembled so it is worth the try, just don't get too attached to the apparent fact that it is together already as you might have to pull it down and start over.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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