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Windows 7 won't boot without DVD (fresh install)

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hey guys, so i decided to give the bane of my existance another go ie. Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

i used this OS trouble free for 8months, until i started randomly getting issues loading executable files. did a format because i was due anyway and then had the issue of not being able to get and exe files to work at all. (were visible in task manager but had no resources set to them or anything and obviously weren't visibly loaded.

so i decided to cut my losses and go back to Vista x64 which was good to me since day one, anyway today i decided to give W7 another shot at redemption only to have it let me down once again.

upon reinstalling windows i let it do a couple of updates it had to do and activated it (had removed the disc by this time.) so it asks to restart and i click ok to restart the PC.

as soon as it gets to booting windows i get the 0xc000000f status error. this is on first restart, nothing installed other than activation and a few windows updates. run the repair function on the disc and it reports no errors.

the SSD which it's installed is 100% fine and in working order as its been running Vista like a champ for the past 4 months. so its not drive issues.

sorry for the wall of text anyone with any insight into this issue would be much appreaciated as i do prefer Windows 7 (when it works)

thanks
post #2 of 6
install windows 7 but unplug the hdd from the sata connection, plug back in when you have instaled and updated. the os installs the bootloader to hdd and os to ssd.
set your hdd to boot 1st the ssd and it should work but do the above.
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From my own experience, all i can say is I've had nothing but trouble installing/reinstalling Win7 from a CD. Best advice i could give you is reinstall it once more from USB, works like a charm, and its about 4 times as quick to install.

Great guide on how to do

Although, you do need an active machine for this. Follow each step and you'll be done before 20 minutes, problem free thumb.gif
post #4 of 6
ACPI needs to be enabled it seems. Also, I boot Win-7 directly off SSD's on 2 computers. I have no problems with it running on ONLY an SSD, However, when I installed it, I made sure ONLY the SSD was connected because I have issues with a Marvel Sata controller on one system.

If I disable ACPI support in BIOS after the install, it refuses to boot. Also, I always install at stock speeds, never anything overclocked.

On my i7-950 computer for some reason, if I swap out a disk or Clone the Boot drive for backup, it messes up my BIOS in that exact way. Turns out, the Boot Preferrences get messed up somehow in BIOS and the cure was to either CLEAR CMOS or to examine each drive in BIOS. That seemed to reset the boot preferrence HD (rereads MBR or something) properly with the right drive.

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hey thanks for that guys, i unplugged all the drives bar the SSD and it worked fine for install smile.gif i just hope it behaves now and doesnt start with the exe issue again.

thanks again for the quick replies was much appreciated
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