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Hi everyone, I just got a used computer today from a yard sale, it was running ubuntu and i wanted to install windows 7 onto it.

I reformatted the hard drive, but it wont install windows 7. I get an error saying windows can't be installed. Whenever i boot up I get a message saying ' Unknown filesystem grub rescue".

Any suggestions? I tried to hook the hard drive up to another computer and reformatting it to NTFS from there, but no luck.
post #2 of 8
it sounds like the grub boot loader is possibly still there. windows doesn't like to see things formatted for use with linux or mac. try using a linux live boot cd (such as ubuntu install CD) then use gparted to erase the disk. do not format at all. then when you boot the windows 7 usb/DVD you should be able to format from the windows install menu and install
post #3 of 8
Delete all the partitions with gparted and create a new partition table. Then install Windows.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
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I can recommend DBAN.
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Insert DVD, boot from it.

Delete all partitions while in the setup menu.

Make 1 partition

Install windows on it.

PS: when I first saw your post, winamp was playing "Skrillex" with the song "Bangarang". Was funny with your avatar dancing on it biggrin.gif
   
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Originally Posted by ASUSfreak View Post

Insert DVD, boot from it.

Delete all partitions while in the setup menu.

Make 1 partition

Install windows on it.

PS: when I first saw your post, winamp was playing "Skrillex" with the song "Bangarang". Was funny with your avatar dancing on it biggrin.gif

Haha biggrin.gif
post #7 of 8
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Thank you all! The gparted live CD worked! Thanks for all the reply you guys!
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Hi everyone, I just got a used computer today from a yard sale, it was running ubuntu and i wanted to install windows 7 onto it.

I reformatted the hard drive, but it wont install windows 7. I get an error saying windows can't be installed. Whenever i boot up I get a message saying ' Unknown filesystem grub rescue".

Any suggestions? I tried to hook the hard drive up to another computer and reformatting it to NTFS from there, but no luck.

Find a trash can, open the trashcan, insert the computer into the trashcan, move the trashcan outside so the garbageman can pick it up, go to BestBuy and purchase an overpriced windows 8 desktop smile.gif.
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