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Cant in stall windows7 from usb boot

Hi guys,

I've just put together my new pc and i'm now having trouble trying to install windows7 64 bit from a usb boot. When i boot from the usb key it hangs on the starting windows screen. It takes no longer than 1 minute to get there and then it seems like the computer isn't responding.

I've followed a number of threads about how to create a usb boot and have tried different ways in case this was the issue.

Hope you can help, Skyrim is waiting for me!

specs;
Zotac z68itx-a
2500k
gskill 8gig
1333mhz
msi gtx560 ti
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  1. Make sure u are using the USB2, not the USB3 ports!
  2. nikorr said:
    Make sure u are using the USB2, not the USB3 ports!


    Sure am bro. Could it be the 64 bit ISO, is there anyway to install windows 32 bit an then upgrade to 64 bit with the iso on the HD?
  3. leonidasc said:
    Sure am bro. Could it be the 64 bit ISO, is there anyway to install windows 32 bit an then upgrade to 64 bit with the iso on the HD?

    No, its not possible to upgrade 32bit to 64bit without erasing the 32bit.
  4. Did u got to the welcome screen?
  5. BTW, check if u are switched to the AHCI mode instead of the IDE.
  6. I get to the starting windows screen with the windows logo.

    Sorry im not sure how to change that setting, where would i go to change this?
  7. Some more info - I dont believe windows installs, it just loads quickly and then spits me to the black "starting windows screen.

    Can i find that setting in the BIOS?
  8. leonidasc said:
    Some more info - I dont believe windows installs, it just loads quickly and then spits me to the black "starting windows screen.

    Can i find that setting in the BIOS?

    Yes, in the BIOS.

  9. nikorr said:


    I've just made that change and went to boot from usb again, this time it appears to have frozen faster with the windows logo only partially appearing on the screen before it hangs.

    I'll let is sit for a bit in case its installing but it doesn't look like it.

    Cheers for your suggestions so far.

    I might go try buying a new usb stick as I've read that some aren't compatible to boot with.
  10. leonidasc said:
    I've just made that change and went to boot from usb again, this time it appears to have frozen faster with the windows logo only partially appearing on the screen before it hangs.

    I'll let is sit for a bit in case its installing but it doesn't look like it.

    Cheers for your suggestions so far.

    I might go try buying a new usb stick as I've read that some aren't compatible to boot with.

    Sometimes it takes up to 25min to load and past that frozen "screen". So hold tight and maybe it will go through.

    Also, sometimes helps when u unplug the other drives.
  11. BTW, yours gskill 8gig is it in 2 sticks?

    Can u post the link to the RAM?
  12. nikorr said:
    BTW, yours gskill 8gig is it in 2 sticks?

    Can u post the link to the RAM?


    Yes its 2 sticks, here is the link;

    G Skill 8G(2x4G)DDR3 1333Mhz PC3-10666 CL7(F3-10666-8GBXH)

    http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=7

    I came home from office works and its been sitting on the screen since your post around 20 mins ago.

    I'm going to try the new usb stick and see if that makes any difference ;)

    Thanks for helping dude! I appreciate it.
  13. Best answer
    OK, try to install with 1 stick only.
  14. nikorr said:
    OK, install from the USB pen drive.
    U need this tool – use USB2 port only! Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
    How to @ http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2009/12/-the-usb-flash-drive.arsWindows Easy Transfer


    Dude you are a legend! I pulled one of the sticks out and DADA its now installing windows.

    How did you figure that out bro, i would of never troubleshooted the ram, originally when i was writing the specs of the machine i almost left the ram out!

    Thanks heaps mate you have saved me another long night of trouble shooting till 3 am in the morning!
  15. Best answer selected by leonidasc.
  16. The Win7 is more sensitive about RAM than XP is, so people don't think there is anything wrong with their RAM.

    It happens a lot. Good luck!
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