Issues Installing Any Windows Operating systems

March 4, 2016 at 07:32:54
Specs: W7
I have this Sony VIAO that once had W7 Home. It then got loaded with W10 for a couple of days, before Sony said this laptop could not handle the drivers for the hard drive. W10 was registered on its own and things were fine. Then went on to do clean install (and this was months ago) and that is when the laptop never took another Windows again. All partitions were wiped, so no recovery. W10 refused to install because I kept coming to the install screen but despite (using this video to save me typing: youtube.com/watch?v=PsveMWRdNxo), I always got the message that "setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition." So after days of failing getting 10 on, I tried my Vista. Failed. I tried my XP, but I got BSODs for some reason although the CD is fine. It has no floppies, so forget my W95 or 3.11...... So after another few days, I got Ubuntu on it. Been sitting with that for months now. Now I pulled out my W7 USB and giving that a whirl since this unit once ran W7. Well, same screen as before (that video). But since this had 7 before, it should work, right? No!!! I delete the partitions. I format them. I get one Disk 0 Partition 1 at 298G as a primary partition, and I still can not install W7. The load drivers function never finds anything either.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

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#1
March 4, 2016 at 10:57:38
Two reasons come to mind. Bad RAM or a bad hard drive. Do you have another system you could put the RAM in and run a test on it?

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#2
March 4, 2016 at 11:31:29
You can test the RAM by booting off the Ubuntu disc & selecting memtest from the menu.

When you install Windows 7, you should select the 2nd option - Custom (advanced) - & delete ALL partitions (I know you said you did) including the 100MB system partition. You'll end up with the entire drive as unallocated space. Create a new partition using all the space. There's no need to format, Windows will do that on it's own. And you'll get a warning (I forget the exact wording) that Windows will create a small system partition. If you don't want or need it, there are ways around creating the 100MB partition.

http://superuser.com/questions/4626...


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#3
March 4, 2016 at 20:52:45
THX, No. Sorry. Can not even afford a recovery CD.

riider, there is only one partition under custom, and you are correct I have already created, made new, formatted it for over an hour, but Windows just gives that error. I have seen that link and that is the same stuff I did months ago when I was trying to get W10, Vista, and XP on. Well, XP gave BSOD.

As always, one day of searching finds you different items the next day. I found this link that worked to get Windows 7 installed.

http://druss.co/2014/07/fixed-setup...

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Boot windows installation from USB drive
Press Shift+F10
In console type diskpart.exe and press enter. In this program execute following:

select disk=0. Disk 0 is your destination drive, so be careful, all information on this drive will be removed.
create partition primary size=xxx, where xxx – is the size of new partition
select partition=1
active
format fs=ntfs quick
assign
exit, now you have bootable drive C

Navigate to USB flash drive, in my case: cd d:
Copy all files from USB drive to C: drive: xcopy d: c: /e /h /k
Go to boot folder: cd boot
Make you C: drive bootable with following command: bootsect /nt60 c:
Put off USB drive from computer and restart them.
Install Windows

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Now that this is installed, will see if I can more onto the next step.

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March 5, 2016 at 08:57:23
That same info is in the link I posted.

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#5
March 6, 2016 at 10:35:19
No, because what I posted included coping files from the USB.

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