Must Clean Install but PC won't boot from Win 7 CD
PLEASE HELP! I'm currently running Win XP Sp3, and even with Mcaffee, I got the mother of all viruses, can't even run task manager in safe mode! so I got Win 7 and want to boot from disc and format drive during install to eliminate this crazy virus, I
setup BIOS to boot from CD/DVD first. yet when its time to boot I get the classic "Device not ready F1 to rety or F? to cancel" and of course retry brings an endless loop of this message. BIOS seems to recognize my DVDR so I don't see the problem. does anyone
out there please have some advice that I could try, I wanna use my PC again (on a friends now). Please and Thank you.
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If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you aren't asked to press any key, you might have to specify that your computer uses its DVD drive or a USB flash drive as the first startup device. To do this, you need to change settings in the computer's
basic input/output system (BIOS).
Warning: Modifying BIOS/complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS
settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.
1. Turn on your computer, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then restart your computer.
2. Newer computers often display a startup (or boot) menu. On the startup menu, choose "BIOS setup," or "BIOS settings," or something similar.
Procedures vary depending on the BIOS manufacturer. Usually, you must press a key (such as F2, F12, Delete, Esc) or a key combination immediately after you turn on your computer but before Windows starts. If the Windows logo appears, you need to try again by
waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer again.
3. The BIOS setup screen appears. On the BIOS setup screen, choose the option called "Boot order," or something similar. Boot order settings might also be listed under "Advanced settings" or something similar.
4. Select your DVD drive or USB flash drive as the first startup device. (The USB flash drive might be listed under "Removable devices" or something similar.)
5. Save the setting changes, and then exit the BIOS.
6. Restart your computer, and then start Windows 7 from the installation disc or USB flash drive as previously described.
I'm having basically the same issue. Windows 7 has mucked my machine a good one.
I was trying to install Windows 7 on my laptop; It rebooted in the middle of the installation 'installation unsuccessful'. Reboot and install again. yea.
I tried to follow the instructions, but the laptop won't boot from a disc anymore, it see's the windows disc, and then tries to boot to the hard drive. Frack- what?
I've tried changing the BIOS and I've tried using the
'manual boot option' on my laptop; nothing's working so far. I even tried booting to Ubuntu [to wipe the hard drive] and it hops over it and goes to windows. and we're back in this stupid loop again.
I speculate I'm off to trying a the USB boot option. Yea.
Thanks Microsoft - good job guys- wouldn't expect anything less than a challenge.
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