Need help clean installing W7 but Bios screen won't let me past it?

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  1. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    It just sits there with the bios screen saying to press esc key for start up, so basically can't clean install

    Anyone want me help get this HP to boot from USB win 7?

    The bcd OS entry got deleted so won't go into windows either

    Error is Bios/bcd is gone

    :worthy:

    p.s. Used Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to burn ISO
     
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  2. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Can you get into the bios and change the boot order to your usb drive?
     
  3. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Tried but no cigar :suicide:

    Just sits at the press the esc key for start up

    F8 wont work either
     
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  4. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    How can I put back bcd entry for W7 OS?

    Thanks
     
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  5. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    What model is your laptop?
     
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  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    As long as you didn't could access the HDD, NO WAY!
     
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  7. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    HP pavillion

    model dv7-3173nr

    Just does not recognize USB for clean install
     
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  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Remove any USB device and start the laptop, see you could access the HDD!
     
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  9. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    It recommends to insert windows installation disc, restart and then go into repair your computer

    file: \boot]bcd
    status: 0xc0000098
    info: windows boot configuration data fiel does not contain a valid os entry
     
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  10. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  11. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    #11 timesurfer, Mar 10, 2013
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  12. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    That was the right choice!! Hope all goes just fine! Let us know what were happen.
     
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  13. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Remember it already won't clean install so if HDD regen won't help I'm out of options to clean reinstall W7 :suicide:
     
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  14. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    How it's going?
     
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  15. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Forgot to plug in laptop so when came downstairs it turned off. Almost done with another scan, then I'll see if can clean install or if I can get inside windows?

    Thanks

    About 30 minutes...
     
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  16. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    I believe the hdd regen did something

    There we're no sector errors just 2 delays and nothing to was shown fixed

    At boot with USB W7 plugged in I was able to press esc to open the startup menu and W7 install went fine

    When installing programs it did blue screen a couple times but then Windows did some updates and I think it fixed it

    If it didn't then I'll be back but I don't have access to the comp right now

    Thank you for your help
    pisthai

    :shisha:
     
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  17. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Good to see it helps in some way.

    Delay's while using HD Regen could, but must mean that there maybe an hard error on HDD. If we found such in Recovery processes of damaged HDD's and it's just max 3-5 delay's, we'll add that "bad" sectors to the the list of them and mark them as not usable. As that is an complicated and long process and therefore expensive, we do that only on customers order and it get more complicated with today's SATA HDD's.
     
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  18. KMcWilliams

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    Just looked at your computer specs. There is an updated BIOS for your lappy, that makes it "Windows 8 Ready". If the BIOS contains a boot time option of "Secure Boot" or booting from a UEFI HDD aka GPT partition, then no matter what you do, Windows 7 will not boot properly. Get this, Windows 7 is not Windows 8 ready. :biggrin:

    I do not know if this is the case with your laptop. But if it does have a new BIOS, check to disable "secure boot' or booting from a UEFI (GPT) partition.

    Oh, and I have even seen people manage to install Win7, but on first boot, they run into the, booting the GPT partition problem.

    Just a thought, since you mentioned you are almost out of ideas.