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10-05-2013 12:39 PM
My July 2009 HP Pavilion dv7 has required "boot-level" recovery and restoration yet a 4th time! However, THIS time, it has failed to successfully reinstall the OS (Originally Vista, OEM Upgrade to Window 7 64-bit)! I have been trying for a week and hate to give up on a nearly 500 Gb GOOD laptop compurer that I KNOW CAN WORK.
I am NOT a techie, but I AM old enough (50) to have experienced taking BASIC DOS in college. Yet, not all commands are accepted. I have to use my Windows Repair Disk to boot up (internal CD drive), my husband's external CD drive for ANY other CD-DVD to be read/recognized by the computer, numerous jumpdrives loaded with Boot Recovery data, a 1.5 Tb external drive WITH copies of the original and upgrade CD, in hopes the OS can access that, since it has trouble with its own internal CD-DVD drive.
I have run dozens of diagnostics, reset the BIOS to default, changed the boot sequence to access the recovery peripherals, I have copied ALL original data from the Recovery drive partition and the X:\Boot partition to the C:\ drive.
When I try to install Windows 7 again, it either runs indefinitely at Stage 2 "Installing Windows" or it give me an error message: "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information." (Of WHERE I have any idea they are!)
I need SIMPLE, STEP-BY-STEP assistance to restore my HP Pavilion to normal operation, PLEASE!
Thank you for any help you can provide! :womanembarrassed:
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10-05-2013 12:57 PM
If you have the 25 character windows 7 product key to reactivate the installation, I would download the W7 ISO file you need from the link below and then use the Windows 7 ISO to USB/DVD tool which can put the file on a usb flash drive, and it also makes it bootable.
Then you can install directly by booting your PC from the usb port.
Download the applicable ISO file from the links below (Get the file from the W7 SP1 Media Refresh links).
Use this tool to make the file bootable onto a usb 4 GB flash drive.
10-05-2013 01:22 PM
In fact, I tried BOTH of these, but once on the laptop, I either do not KNOW what to do or it does not DO what it ought to do! I will try again! We shall see! I would love to know what each sequential step is, once I re-boot my HP Laptop, b/c I can only get it to the Recovery Console. From there, I click through until I can Load Drivers, which is the ONLY place I have UI access to my drives. However, I DO also have the cmd (command prompt) choice, too. At boot level, I have NO idea what to do to get it to install! I am still a bit confused!
However, Thank you! And I will try AGAIN! If nothing, I am STUBBORN (perseverent)!
10-05-2013 01:58 PM
I THINK I found the remedy! It was the following:
We shall see if that works...when that process is completed! I believe THIS is what I was needing, I THINK! I HOPE!
10-05-2013 02:04 PM
This is what I did:
Bypassing UEFI to Install Win7 normally to an MBR HD
Boot into BIOS setup, if this is a new Win8 PC look for a setting to disable Secure Boot. Then enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module (CSM). This should remove any EFI Boot Disk from BIOS Boot order. Set DVD drive first to boot, HDD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.
Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.
At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:
Basically, I started here after geting to the cmd/command prompt:
SEL DIS 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)  for my 500 Gb system (allowing for the recovery and boot drives, hopefully!]
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"...this is where I am currently...awaiting completion (approx. 1% per minute--14 percent now).
Next click Install Now to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.
In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.
The purpose of creating the partition above is to wipe the HD and define an Active partition which resolves most install failures. Afterwards you can adjust the OS partition size in Disk Mgmt, create other partitions as desired.
10-05-2013 03:29 PM
Excuse me...HERE is the LINK that I used to assist me:
I mean...I could do NOTHING until I performed THESE steps!
12-22-2013 06:56 PM
In the market, there is, currently, a trend to use large-size hard drives, you can easily buy a hard drive associated with the computer or a portable drive. However, you are recommended to partition and divide these hard drives into smaller partitions for better management. For example, when a partition is infected with virus, the whole hard drive will be unharmed.
How to partition hard drives on Windows 7
Step 1: Click Start Menu --> type Run keyword in Search Programs and Files section, open Run in Programs.
Run dialogue box opens --> type diskmgmt.msc keyword -->Enter or click OK
Step 2: Disk Management opens, all the available hard drives, including the connected USB devices will be displayed automatically.
To create a new partition from a hard drive, you only need to right click the hard drive that you want to partition and select Shrink Volume
Step 3: A new dialogue box appears and informs about the used and free space of the hard drive. Input the size for the partition which is divided in the Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB box.
Name the new partition and click OK.
Step 4: After creating a new partition, re-format the new partition.
Right click the new partition -->New Simple Volume
Step 5: Click Next, a dialogue box will display the size of the new partition --> Click Next