Win7 X64 Clean install freezes or BSOD

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March 2, 2010 at 18:15:23
Specs: Windows Vista, Q6600 2.4 ghz 8 gig ram
I am doing a clean install of windows 7 64 bit but when CD starts to load it freezes says starting windows. I have tryed the 32 bit and it installs like half the files then i get a blue screen. Does 8 gig of ram have anything to do with the installation of windows 7?

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#1
March 2, 2010 at 19:13:41
With 8GB RAM, you need to go with 64bit if you hope to use most of your memory. That said, you should first make sure that your DVD drive is first in boot order in your BIOS. After any failed reinstall make sure you choose Full Format at the beginning of the install to completely clean out everything. If you still cannot complete installing, consider hardware problems. Use Memtest to test your RAM for a bad stick, if it does not complete or shows any problem, retest with one stick at a time. Use the mfg.'s utility to test your hard drive. Use a Linux disk to boot directly to the disk (do not install) to see if basic hardware works (motherboard, processor, RAM, power supply, etc.). IF all of this works properly but you still cannot install, then look into replacing install medium (from MS if retail, from computer mfg if supplied with computer).

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#2
March 3, 2010 at 18:29:00
i checked memory with memtest and checks out good still cant install window 7 64 bit from cd-rom wont go past "Starting Window's" screen ? dont think its my memory cause im on the computer using vista .......... another thing my drive is from a cloning backup from a older drive is this my problem ? if so how i format it before i try to install win 7 if i cant load 7 to format it with the disc???

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#3
March 3, 2010 at 19:32:45
As above. MAKE SURE your DVD drive is FIRST in boot order in your BIOS!!! THEN put in your Windows 7 disk BUT DO NOT RUN IT. RESTART your computer!!! It will BOOT FROM DVD and one of the FIRST options is to FORMAT!!! You cannot format an active drive, you must format it from outside the operating system on the drive you are formatting. You boot to the disk and it runs in your RAM only so it can format the drive. After your hard drive is formatted, you can install windows the same way, it still runs in RAM and copies files from the disk, unpacks them onto your hard drive and continues. It will reboot at least 2 times before you are done, BUT it must boot back to the DVD (that's why you MUST have the DVD drive first in boot order) and not to the partially installed system.

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#4
March 4, 2010 at 01:00:27
i would suggest removing all peripherals, and reduce the ram to 4gig,
try to run the install with only the mouse the and keyboard attached.
if it installs then you know it an attached device, once started add devices one at a time, it may also be a bad dvd, try and borrow another 64bit dvd and run from that, your key will still work.
did you run the win 7 compatability test before attempting the install?

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#5
March 4, 2010 at 11:40:04
i have run the win 7 compatability test all passed my DVD drive is a IDE drive does this matter?
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#6
March 4, 2010 at 21:28:37
It shouldn't matter. Use ALL advice above in '3' and disconnect unessential peripherals as in '4' above and you should be able to format and install. Unless your DVD drive is bad, your Install DVD is bad or dirty, or you have other hardware or BIOS problems.

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#7
March 5, 2010 at 00:09:01
First, using only Win 7 disk, delete the partition on which you want to clean-install Win 7. Then re-create the partition and format, all with Win 7 disk. If your Win 7 disk is O.K., you should be able to install either x86 or x64 provided that you have x64 hardware. I believe your Win 7 disks are O.K. because you tried both x86 and x64 and it is almost impossible for both of them to be defective at the same time. You may suspect dirty or bad DVD-ROM drive.

You can try installing Win 7 from a USB stick if you know how to make USB stick bootable. After making the USB stick bootable, you can copy Win 7 files to USB stick. This way you eliminate the probability of DVD drive / Win 7 disk problems.

You may leave all your 8 GB RAM installed during Win 7 installation ( for x64 version ). You can also remove all but one stick of RAM if you like. This is a precaution against a bad stick of RAM preventing installation.

It is also common practice to remove all peripheral components during installation. Some people even remove sound cards if separate or disable them in BIOS if on-board.

Hope the above helps.

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#8
March 5, 2010 at 10:38:07
i tryed that and still nothing i cant even install the 64 bit vista cd it wont even load same as the win 7 cd 64 bit and 32 bit win 7 32 bit crashes on install on bsod ,,, i giving up i stay with Vista 32 bit

Update i removed my Sata drive ,sound card & added a IDE hd also left 4 gigs a ram and win 7 64 bit installed on my ide drive i dont know it was messing with the installation cd but it worked thanks guys for the help :)
only thing that it crashes on 8 Gigs of ram ??


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#9
March 5, 2010 at 21:41:47
Retest your RAM and leave it running longer this time.
Are your RAM being used in matched pairs (pairs shipped together should be installed to same colored sockets)
Are all the RAM sticks the same spec's? If you are running mixed pairs, the slower pair should be in slots 1&3 typically so the faster one will be running at these spec's also.
Check compatibility of your RAM with your motherboard's compatibility list on their website.
When you reinstall your SATA drive, try a different plug location (sometimes one or two of your SATA connectors are associated with the same 'location' as your EIDE connector and can cause issues.

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#10
March 6, 2010 at 10:33:03
it also sounds as if you may have needed to install drivers for the sata drive before installing win7.
once you reinstall the drive and its working ok, try to run a new installation onto the newly installed sata drive.
it should then set your sata to the default oz and you could delete the ide drive and use it for storage or keep it setup as a backup,""J.I.C""
as fingers said, you have to be correct with memory sticks, i think you have 2x white slots and 2x black, so use only the white or only the black. and try all stick to see if its 1 particular stick that causes the issue or two, or the slots..
if all sticks work as 4 gig setups in all slots, then you may incompatiable sticks.

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#11
March 7, 2010 at 11:34:35
all my sticks are compatiable sticks the same 2 gig x4 SLI memory 6400 any 64 bit install DvD will not load with 8 gigs of memory but win 7 installed on my IDE drive with 4 gigs of ram but when i put 8 gig of ram win7 crashed on reboot so i had to remove 4 gigs also i installed win 7 on my Sata drive works fine think 1 stick was bad and them memory tests didnt find the bad one

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