Help, Can't install win 7 home by DVD or USB.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by MarkJohnson, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. MarkJohnson

    MarkJohnson MDL Junior Member

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    I have an older computer that refuses to boot from a DVD or USB, but CDs boot fine. It is an MSI 865G NEO2-P with a 3.0GHz P4 w/HT and 2GB of DDR-400 RAM.

    Is there a trick to get these old computers to install win 7? I already updated to the latest BIOS and the problem persists.

    Thanks fpr any help.
    -=Mark=-
     
  2. gamepoint

    gamepoint MDL Senior Member

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    what about hitting f2, f8, or Esc button (depending on your PC model) during early startup and choose the desired device?
     
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  3. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    Some older PCs wont run the Win7 setup no matter what you do.

    The solution, if i remember correctly, was to replace some of the bootfiles with those from a Vista DVD.
     
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  4. lower_nibble

    lower_nibble MDL Novice

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    1: Is your copy of 7 burned and possibly not bootable, period?

    2: Your drive is a DVD ROM and/or Burner, right?
     
  5. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    #6 Stannieman, Nov 5, 2010
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    What kind of dvd did you burn it on? I have an older laptop that boots fine from dvd-r but it can't even read dvd+r of +rw

    And if your pc has usb 2.0 (not lower cause that's to slow), you can boot from a plop cd ans boot the usb from there
     
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  6. MarkJohnson

    MarkJohnson MDL Junior Member

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    It finds the DVD fine and attempts to boot from it fine. It just gives an odd error. I think disk error 5 or some such.

    I have both a DVD and CD drive. It won't boot from the DVD. I had issues when DVDs first came out that they wouldn't boot from DVDs without a BIOS update or maybe FW update. But a new BIOS didn't fix it.

    I have both DVD -r and +r and neither worked. Plus the USB gave the exact same error. Whats a plop cd? and disk won't boot at all.

    The BIOS sees the USB drive just fine and lets me select it as the boot device. I just get this weird disk error 5 or something.

    I did manage to get win 7 to install. I just started it XP as if I were doing an upgrade and selected new install when given the upgrade option. all is well and thanks a ton for everyone's help.

    -=Mark=-
    ps. It would have been nice to figure this out. but it's back in my cousin's hands now and he's very happy.
     
  7. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    #8 timesurfer, Nov 12, 2010
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    Maybe try mount install with UltraISO?

    I have had systems that woudn't install via DVD or USB but I kept trying and it worked.
     
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