Left in constant boot loop, (install, reboot, back into Install mode)

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  1. Posts : 23
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    Left in constant boot loop, (install, reboot, back into Install mode)


    I had a laptop with a legal version of 7 U x64 and used MS download media tool to leech a ISO (32 & 64 bit) made a bootable thumb drive and then bit the bullet and wiped my old win 7 machine (500GB ssd with 3 partitions, OS, Acronics Images & Downloads), then rebooted with a partition app CD to wipe drive and make new partitions for the new OS (didn't want MS to make new partitions as i hear they leave an odd partition hanging around) anyway done that fine rebooted, went into bios and made USB thumb drive first boot cycle and rebooted and windows 10 installer took over done the usual country etc, then it went into first reboot and it comes back up after reboot as the normal do you want to install 32 or 64bit, well i had already done that so done some googleing and peeps say when it says it's going to do first reboot it gives you a countdown clock whip out the thumb drive so again i formatted the partition and went for normal install and when i got the countdown clock i whipped out the thumb drive and when it reboots I just get a flashing underscore on the top left of the screen and that's the situation i am left in.

    It's going on an old HP Pavilion 15-N297SA laptop with 8GB of ram and 500SSD, I'm at the point of reinstalling 7 back on the laptop and having to redownload the ISO and put it onto a DVD (don't know how to move contents of thumb drive to bootable DVD), any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome, many thanks.

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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    Alloneword said:
    I had a laptop with a legal version of 7 U x64 and used MS download media tool to leech a ISO (32 & 64 bit)
    Restore an image of your W7 Ultimate. Then instead of wiping it and clean installing from the usb, plug the usb in and run Setup.exe that you will find on the root of the usb. This will perform an in-place upgrade from W7 Ultimate to W10 Pro and will activate it with a digital licence stored on the Microsoft activation servers and linked to the hardware ID of the machine.

    After that you are free to wipe the drive, boot from the usb and perform a clean install, skipping entering the key if asked for one. W10 will activate from the existing digital licence.

    ...when i got the countdown clock i whipped out the thumb drive and when it reboots I just get a flashing underscore on the top left of the screenand that's the situation i am left in.
    This is usually because you have booted the install usb in UEFI mode and performed a UEFI install, but the bios is set for Legacy MBR boot and cannot boot from what you have installed (or booted the usb as MBR Legacy and the bios is set for UEFI). An install usb will always install the same type of system (UEFI or Legacy) as the mode it was booted.
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Alloneword said:
    , then rebooted with a partition app CD to wipe drive and make new partitions for the new OS (didn't want MS to make new partitions as i hear they leave an odd partition hanging around) anyway done that fine rebooted, went into bios and made USB thumb drive first boot cycle and rebooted and windows 10 installer took over done the usual country etc, then it went into first reboot and it comes back up after reboot as the normal do you want to install 32 or 64bit, well i had already done that so done some googleing and peeps say when it says it's going to do first reboot it gives you a countdown clock whip out the thumb drive so again i formatted the partition and went for normal install and when i got the countdown clock i whipped out the thumb drive and when it reboots I just get a flashing underscore on the top left of the screen and that's the situation i am left in.
    The flashing cursor means the computer cannot find a properly configured system partition because you created it yourself. You need to create a properly formatted system partition with the proper boot files in it, since you can do it better than Microsoft can.
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  4. Posts : 23
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    NavyLCDR said:
    since you can do it better than Microsoft can.
    It's not a case of i can do it better than MS it's a simple fact of i don't want that extra partition they leave behind that is all and the app i used was EaseUS Partition Master to partition and format it.

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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    The partitions that Windows setup creates can easily be "corrected" with a partitioning program after the install is completed.
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Agree totally. Was just typing a similar message, Navy. Do it the correct way by installing to one big empty partition, let Windows do the partition setup, and deal with it aft all has settled down. The "odd" partition in question is going to be so small in comparison it's not worth trying to out guess the setup.exe. Guessing we're talking about the Recovery Partition. Minor issue. Do it correctly up front.
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Actually, there should be no partition to install Windows to. Unallocated space on the drive is what should be highlighted then click next.
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  8. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Actually, there should be no partition to install Windows to. Unallocated space on the drive is what should be highlighted then click next.
    That's what I meant, poor word choice, Was thinking delete all partitions until one big empty space (unallocated) and typed wrong word.
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  9. Posts : 23
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    Oh OK it is not normally the way i do my installs, i like to set things up front always done it this since using fdisk years ago, ok i will give that a go now thanks for the advice everyone.

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  10. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Alloneword said:
    Oh OK it is not normally the way i do my installs, i like to set things up front always done it this since using fdisk years ago, ok i will give that a go now thanks for the advice everyone.

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    Let us know how you make out.....
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