Solved Trying to install windows... I messed up

March 1, 2014 at 13:44:47
Specs: Windows 7, amd a6-3420m
I really hope this can be fixed. I bought a computer off Craigslist and it was running a pirated version of windows 7 ultimate 32 bit, instead of the 64 bit version of home premium that it would have shipped with. This is an Acer aspire 5560-7402. So I downloaded home premium 64 bit from windows and burned it as an iso to a dvd. when I rebooted the computer from the dvd, the windows installer said said something about how it couldn't install windows because it was partitioned in the wrong format. So I thought I needed to delete the partitions and I did. I got rid of the OEM one from acer that was 16gb and the big one that was 400gb. I left one that was 100mb. It still wouldn't install windows on the empty partitions and I couldn't get the old ones back. Now it wont boot into windows at all and when I reboot using the win 7 hp 64 bit disk I made, it hangs and gets stuck at where it says starting windows. How can i fix this? please give precise instructions.

I'm thinking I need to delete partitions or format the drive some how but I don't know how to do it.

"there was this big bang once, now we're learnin' to use our thumbs"

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#1
March 1, 2014 at 13:57:35
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Boot to your windows DVD and delete all partitions and start again from scratch with a completely empty disk. .There is nothing on the hard disk that should prevent you booting to the DVD

The very one you should have deleted you left alone and that is the 100mb one. That contains to boot loader and system files to get windows started. Leaving it there makes the BIOS think there is already an OS installed, which of course there isnt.

the 16Gb one would have contained the Acer start up code to do a system recovery That would useless without an Acer start-up disk.

Stuart


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March 1, 2014 at 14:04:16
I cant delete that partition because now when I boot from the windows disk it hangs at starting windows...

"there was this big bang once, now we're learnin' to use our thumbs"


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#3
March 1, 2014 at 14:28:20
A speck of dust got on the install dvd. that's why it kept hanging right there. windows is now installing.

"there was this big bang once, now we're learnin' to use our thumbs"


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