Can't install Windows 7 after formatting HDD

By NonSleeper
Sep 12, 2011
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  1. I've got a Dell Inspiron 530 with Ubuntu in it. I just want to restore Windows, so I format the HDD, set partitions as NTFS.

    I then try to install Windows 7 Professional 32 bit on a Primary partition, yet without success. The computer still loads the Windows DVD, initiates the installation until it restarts. These lines appear from the restarting:

    "Boot from CD:
    Press any key to boot from CD or DVD....."

    And it just stands still since then!

    I also try with a Windows Vista, but get the same result.

    Please help diagnose and treat this symptom.
  2. Modena

    Modena TS Enthusiast Posts: 142

    Are you still able to boot into Ubuntu? Like what happens if you just restart with no install discs in?
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    Many similar problems with Win7 unable to access a HDD partition after some other boot manager has been installed (in your case Ubuntu Grub). Try this forum search for 'unable to install Windows 7' It .suggests to me the Windows install cannot over-write the boot sector. There are utilities to clean the boot sector - see Super fdisk as used here posts #9 and #11
  4. Debbie23

    Debbie23 TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Don't forget to check that your machine WILL boot from some other boot CD / DVD - rule out bad CD ROM.
  5. kwspony

    kwspony TS Booster Posts: 121

    you can also try loading if from a flash drive.

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