Trouble Installing Win 7 over corrupted Vista

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January 27, 2010 at 10:59:10
Specs: Windows Vista
My son's laptop crashed last week. He was running Vista Home Premium. I attempted to repair/restore from both the hard-drive and repair disk. Both resulted in dreaded black screen.

At that point, I feared there was a hardware problem. So I downloaded Puppy Linux. It boots from disc and runs completely in memory. This went flawlessly (so apparently no RAM issue). From Puppy I was able to poke all around his hard-drive and save all his personal files to a thumb-drive (so apparently HDD is working okay).

I have an MSDN subscription from work (I'm not techie, but my company is). So I downloaded the full Windows 7 install iso. Throw that disk in and after loading and showing me the windows shield, I am right back to the black screen.

Anybody have any notion what could be causing this? Should I try and completely wipe the drive from Puppy before I attempt the install?


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January 27, 2010 at 12:11:57
You could try that but don't use puppy to create a partition as it may be incompatible with Windows setup. If possible, delete the partition and leave the space unallocated - Windows setup can deal with that.

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January 27, 2010 at 18:51:00
Using your Vista disc, run a repair installation & not just a startup repair.

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January 28, 2010 at 21:22:42
If you already saved his files, use which ever disk you have the license for, make sure DVD drive is first in boot order, and do a full format and reinstall from the disk. Reinstall your programs and you should be ok. If the install fails, you might have a hard drive problem.

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