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I've done it a 100 times before but never encountered this problem. I go past the first splash screen and get to the "Install Now", part, but once I click it I immediately get these screens. The ISO's had been downloaded from MSDNAA if that's of any use.

How can I fix this?



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is it formatted NTFS? Try doing a full format on the flash drive first(not quick).
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What usb ports are you using? The front ports or the ones on the motherboard. I had this happen using the front usb ports before on a install. what app did you use to put the iso on the usb flash drive?
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is it formatted NTFS? Try doing a full format on the flash drive first(not quick).
Tried, to no avail.

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What usb ports are you using? The front ports or the ones on the motherboard. I had this happen using the front usb ports before on a install. what app did you use to put the iso on the usb flash drive?
tried every usb port
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run it as admin?
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What app did you use to place the iso on the usb drive?
http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool
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You probably didnt get all of your files on the USB, try using the method below

Format your USB...DO NOT DO A QUICK FORMAT....

Afterwards, Open up a Command Prompt as an Administrator. You can do this by finding the cmd.exe in yoru Windows/System32 folder, right-clicking the executable, and selecting “Run as Administrator”. Alternatively, type CMD in the Start Menu search field and activate the Command Prompt using Ctrl + Shift + Enter. You should be under c:\\Windows\\system32 (assuming your Windows partition is the C drive). Type “diskpart” in the command line to enter the Disk Partition command line tool, which lets you format and create partitions on active disks.

Type “list disk” to reveal a list of all your active disks, each of which is associated with a number. Make a note of which one is your USB key, based on the capacity.

Next, type the following commands, one at a time:

Select Disk # (Where # is the number of your USB disk. I typed “Select Disk 6”)

Clean (removes any existing partitions from the USB disk, including any hidden sectors)

Create Partition Primary (Creates a new primary partition with default parameters)

Select Partition 1 (Focus on the newly created partition)

Active (Sets the in-focus partition to active, informing the disk firmware that this is a valid system partition)

Format FS=NTFS (Formats the partition with the NTFS file system. This may take several minutes to complete, depending on the size of your USB key.)

Assign (Gives the USB drive a Windows volume and next available drive letter, which you should write down. In my case, drive “L” was assigned.)

Exit (Quits the DiskPart tool).

When you finish with all these steps, insert the Windows 7 install DVD into your drive, and view the files that it contains. Copy all of the files here to a folder on your Desktop. Create a folder put the disc contents in a folder named “Windows 7” just to make it easy for you.

Go back to your command prompt, running it as an Administrator. Using the “CD” command, find your way to the folder where you extracted the ISO files. Your command line path should look something like “C:\\Users\\USERNAMEHERE\\Desktop\\Windows 7\\”.

Type the following commands:

CD Boot (This gets you into the “boot” directory)

Bootsect.exe /nt60 L: (where ‘L’ is the drive letter assigned to your USB key from the previous step)

Copy all of the extracted ISO files into the USB drive. You don’t need to do this from the command prompt. Just drag and drop the files from the “Windows 7” folder into the drive using Windows Explorer.


i know i know thats lot of steps but give it a shot... Thats how I did mines.
Edited by Aknolidge - 2/11/11 at 7:50pm
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