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Hey guys,

I have been trying to figure out this problem for a friend of mine and I am hoping some of you can help.

He has an Acer laptop (unsure of the model). It came with Vista Home Premium and he is upgrading to Win7 Home Premium. He has tried to install Win7 three times now. It will go through the complete installation process, looks like it is booting Win7 then goes to the recovery partition that Acer had installed. He updated Vista fully prior to attempting the upgrade and ran a compatibility test on the hardware. He had somebody at our tech school look at it, he claims something was changed in the BIOS and now he's getting an error that the recovery partition failed to read the drive letter. It won't boot at all.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  1. HE Needs to do a clean install with the upgrade disc!Don't use the upgrade from within windows!

    read here under clean install!
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Installing-and-reinstalling-Windows-7

    clean install video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQGcjnnT2Dk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlJ6mwC9dvo&feature=related!
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    To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk

    To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

    Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc , and then shut down your computer.

    Restart your computer.

    Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

    On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

    If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

    On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

    On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

    On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).

    Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.

    When you've finished formatting, click Next.

    Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.
  3. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk

    To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

    Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc , and then shut down your computer.

    Restart your computer.

    Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

    On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

    If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

    On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

    On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

    On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).

    Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.

    When you've finished formatting, click Next.

    Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.



    To : area51reopen :

    I did the clean install first by taking the hard drive out of the laptop and connected it to my desktop. I ran the clean installation of Win 7 and it booted then started perfectly. I thought, hey that was easy :D . But celebration ran short when installing it back to the laptop. An error message stating the bootmgr was missing. Simple enough I'll just run the system repair by booting from the install disk. That got the boot working but know windows won't start completely. It gets to "creating desktop" after the "welcome" screen and then shuts down only to boot back to system recovery. Do I need to format the Acer recovery partition as well? Reason I am thinking that is that it runs connected to my desktop fine but not so much back in the laptop. :??:
  4. Thanks for your advice. I finally figured it out. The recovery partition was what was giving me the trouble. I connected it to my desktop again, deleted the volumes, and created one simple volume. I installed it back on the laptop and Win7 installed just fine with no problem. :sol:
    Thank you again.
  5. Best answer selected by admin_69.
  6. your welcome!
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