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during windows final restart after install windows 7 pro the screen is just black

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January 16, 2014 9:52:36 PM

Hp xw4600, WD15ears sata hd, NVidia fx4600 graphics. this computer ran windows 7 pro fine before a power failure during a windows update. had to resort to a reimage of the hard drive and I've never had such a hard time reimaging a computer that was already working? I deleted the old partitions created new ones, etc. the whole process was going smoothly until the final step. After the last restart before completing the install it comes back windows begins to start and...black screen. I can't go into safe mode, because if I do it tells me it must complete the install before I can and restarts. I've read to update the bios, but I don't know how to do that with a system not operating; do I just boot off the cd and go into command prompt and run the executable (jus found link on hp to update bios during start up, but I don't think that's it because the bios hasn't changes since the system was running fine! I would expect the basic graphics driver with W7 would handle the graphics, I know it did last time I had to reimage the same computer. Please help this is mission critical for my work. Thanks
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January 16, 2014 10:30:47 PM

I don't know why a update the bios would effect the system if you had a power failure while updating windows and if it was running fine at that time before the power failure then why the bios update? did you do a clean format and install windows ??? sounds like the drive still had bits and pieces of windows on it before you tried to install windows again.
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January 16, 2014 10:32:38 PM

For those out there who buy store made computers pre built always I mean always make your recovery disks when you set your pc up also always do your back ups its for your sake all computers such as dell hp ect ect have either a recovery partion or a back up program on the pc for you to back up your windows os and drivers in case the worse happens...
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January 16, 2014 10:52:44 PM

Very good advice johnnyb105. I think one of the reasons people don't is that they don't understand how to use them even in en event such as this. Years ago when I first bought this system I tried the recovery shipped with the system and it didn't work. Anyway, this got way past recovery cd's etc. a long and embarrassing, ugly story...I'm no IT guy but after 30 years around computers I can do ok, but can also f'n things up pretty good too. Surely I digress. I agree regarding the bios, and in the mean time learned how to load drivers during start up. So how I really get to hang my head, it seems that while I was installing, I forgot to mention a dual monitor setup....yup..shame, who would have thought that the install would switch monitors???? I am presently reinstalling because of the abrupt stop to the previous install, will let you know how it goes. To ad salt to my wounds, another system in the office just went down, windows won't restart. BTW I didn't mention that during the power outage, we shut the machines down these tow machines started installing updates. If anyone has anyadvice for teh other machine on what to do for a windows 7 pro machine that got shut down prior to finishing updates, please chime in... Like I said long story. anyway thanks for the reply, I'll be back
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January 16, 2014 11:03:18 PM

Preparing desktop...one down, one to go and it's only 2am plenty of time!
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January 21, 2014 10:14:30 AM

Check and see if your partition is active. I have experienced in my past a time or two where for some reason, after I created my primary partition & secondary partition, the system copied the files, extracted them, installed them finalized my installation and rebooted to a blank screen. For some reason, still not totally sure why my partition was suddenly no long active. I pulled it out and stuck in my other machine and I used Disk Manager located under Computer Management to make my partition active. You can also use GParted to make it active. One thing to keep in mind, you may get a warning that states that if you don't have valid operating system you run the risk of not being able to boot. computer.
You can also use the Recovery Environment to run Diskpart and make your partition active that way. Hope this helps someone
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January 21, 2014 10:32:34 AM

amskeptical said:
Check and see if your partition is active. I have experienced in my past a time or two where for some reason, after I created my primary partition & secondary partition, the system copied the files, extracted them, installed them finalized my installation and rebooted to a blank screen. For some reason, still not totally sure why my partition was suddenly no long active. I pulled it out and stuck in my other machine and I used Disk Manager located under Computer Management to make my partition active. You can also use GParted to make it active. One thing to keep in mind, you may get a warning that states that if you don't have valid operating system you run the risk of not being able to boot. computer.
You can also use the Recovery Environment to run Diskpart and make your partition active that way. Hope this helps someone

It turned out that for some reason the Windows 7 installation via USB wasn't recognizing the HD/partition? I went in several times doing as you suggested and made sure the correct partition was active without any result. Thankfully, just out of desperation and curiosity I chose to make a W7 DVD and try installing through that and presto! I even remade the ISO on the USB a couple of times with no result.
So, if anyone is reading this, my overall problem has been solved, the computer is now reimaged, but I am still curious to why the W7 would not see the partition but the dvd would. Thanks to everyone for your help
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January 21, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Did you have the usb drive in your bios set to be the first boot order for the system? example first boot usb second boot hdd
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January 22, 2014 10:05:06 AM

yes
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April 22, 2014 7:26:41 AM

If you have a graphic's card... remove that and plug the VGA/HDMI directly into the on-board video port; Fixed my issue!
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