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Ok so i was installing windows 7 and it gets through it 100% and it says "Welcome....." but in that process my computer restarts and goes into a bios screen loop. I wont get any further than that. I just let it keep doing the loop and eventually a window came up saying "Windows 7 recovered from critical error" and i select to boot in Windows 7. SO..... now its working and i install all the drivers and it works like a charm. Some drivers require a restart so i restarted my computer and AGAIN its doing the reboot loop! Whats going on? I already tried reinstalling windows, rolling back to an earlier image and nothing! I cant go back to Windows XP either as it has completely deleted it! So im stuck in Windows 7. I even ran that program that checks if your computer is compatible and everything was! EDIT: i tried putting vista and still the same!

I never noticed this until today when I went to add more space to the Windows 7 drive on my disk. Even though I had Windows XP and then installed Windows 7 my computer shows Windows 7 as Drive C and Windows XP as Drive D. I have no idea how this occurred since i presumed Windows 7 would auto be Drive D with Boot installed to Windows XP Drive C.

Now the problem is the actual cylinder boundaries show Windows XP as C and Windows 7 as D but not on the computer opening My Computer. This is something new to me so I have no idea how the computer or Windows 7 install managed to change the drive mapping. Since one cannot just go in and change drive letters does anyone know how to fix this so the drives are correct? Both partition managers I have show it correctly but the computer does not on Windows 7.

Reinstalling Windows 7 is a nightmare specially since you have to call to get a new activation and go through about a hour of hoops and loops.

Go to next section.

Loop to Boot for Dummies

0. Press F8 and try (a. Last known good. b. Safe mode. )
If boot works, then do check things out.

1. 0. above did not work. Place Windows Xp CD in CD-ROM
drive. (and close.)

2. Boot from CD-ROM. (a. Bios set to boot from CD. b.
Press correct key when message flashes on bootup screen.)

3. Press F6 - AR (Auto recovery). If asked for recovery
floppy, press Esc.
Select repair options.

4. If 3. above didn't work, read Fresh install of Windows
XP for Dummies.

Fresh Install of Windows XP for dummies.

0. Place Windows Xp CD in CD-ROM drive. (and close.)

1. Boot from CD-ROM. (a. Bios set to boot from CD. b.
Press correct key when message flashes on bootup screen.)

2. Pres F8 if needed. Later you will be asked for driver
with S option.

3. What do you want to do? I want to
i. (a. install over the the current partition. b.
Delete the partitions from back to front.)
ii. (a. Create a new partition. b. Use the whole disk
and format.
iii. Install now on selected partition.

4. Have update valid product ready. Enter Product Key.

5. Enter password and verify (and write it down) for the
ADMINistrator Account.

6. Enter user name to create main user account. They will
be an Adin with no password.

7. After check out of install. Process with Sp2 install
i. Go to AU V4 website. Follow directions and install
all selected Critical updates. about 16 MB.
Keep doing this untill you are switched over to V5
Turn on Auto Windows Update V5 with option download
and install starting after 3:00 am.
Wait for updates to download. About a week.

ii. Run SP2 update image (266 MB) file. Good Luck and
happy XP.

iii. Wait and order SP2 CD from MS web site when

8. Problems after SP2. See Loop to Boot for Dummies.

I was successfully sharing files between a 64-bit windows 7 computer and a 32-bit Windows XP machine. No password was required. At least I could read and write to the XP machine from the Windows 7 machine. I had no need to try it the other way.

Then, my Windows XP machine developed a problem (infinite loop during boot) that required me to use the "rescue" disk provided by the OEM to reinstall the windows XP operating system.

Now, The XP machine is visible in the Windows Explorer of the Windows 7 machine, but whenever I try to display the directory (folder) structure of the XP machine from the Windows 7 machine, I get a pop-up window asking for a user name and password. I provide these, but they are taken as invalid.

I have done everything suggested in the various "help" files. The computers are in the same workgroup. The folder I need is marked as shared. I have identically named accounts on both machines.

I recall that I had difficulty getting this to work previously until I discovered just the right trick which I don't remember anymore. Any suggestions?

I have reserved a great deal of time not passing judgement on Windows 8, but so far I am not as enthused as, perhaps, I should be. This is not to say that I have given up on Windows 8, but for me, the Consumer Preview just isn't doing it. The main problem, of course, for me, and I suspect many others, is not so much the lack of Start Orb, but the Metro UI itself. Please allow me to explain:

Is Windows 8 a service, a product, or both?

I have discussed this quite entangling issue to some length with others in confidence, and have found myself to be disappointed with Metro UI. Some concerns that I see myself and others having is the Metro UI as a service platform for Windows Live. It is clear to me that this is likely the reason that Metro UI has been embedded into the operating system. While its usability is no doubt optimized for touch screens and next generation human interface devices, I find myself frustrated with the pre-installed applications in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In fact, I find myself quite annoyed, and in some cases, startled by what happens when you link your Windows Live ID to Microsoft Windows 8.

In Microsoft Windows 98 SE, upon launching Internet Explorer 5, one of the first screens a user saw was:

"Welcome to MSN Internet Access"
"Get fast, reliable Internet access and e-mail from Microsoft."

During that time, it was uncommon for someone to be on a LAN (local area network) using a router. A LAN would actually have to be manually set up, and so Microsoft attempted to use MSN as an Internet Service Provider to give you dial-up access to the Internet using a dial-up modem.

However, this terminology is telling to me. The issues with Active Desktop from the Windows 9x series of operating systems have not been lost on me. In this context, I am mindful of the fact that Microsoft has attempted to control the desktop, and did make an early bid to control and monetize on the Internet, from its early ages. This is not so much condemnation of Microsoft as it is a realization that Microsoft is a business: just like Google and Facebook.

But what was once seen as a massive attempt to take over the Internet by a corporation that controls the majority of the operating system market, now seems to be getting a welcome reception with bells and whistles from a new generation, corporations, media, and people planning on selling books off their review sites. Indeed, even Paul Thurrott threw me for a loop in one of his more recent reviews, when he concluded something like (paraphrase) "More soon... I have a book to write! (Windows 8 Secrets)".

I have always admired Paul, and his contributions with reviews and early access to Microsoft software. In fact, I have nothing against the guy. But it is true. He has a book to write. About all of the secrets of Windows 8. Much of that review was spent explaining what certain features do. And why they actually may be relevant. To me, this was a sharp departure from highlighting some of the improvements that could be found in the OS or talking about faster benchmarks and better ease of use. What I saw was a middle-of-the-road exploration of features that are so difficult to interpret or understand, even though they are deeply embedded into the operating system, that he has to go around telling you what they are for.

Most of the benchmarks performed on the CP show that there is a small performance blow in comparison to Windows 7, thus far. The system does not run any faster, but boot times have been expedited by code optimization. We have seen this before, with other Windows releases besides Windows 7. One major drag on the operating system seems to be battery usage. The results seem to be inconclusive in this realm, with one site showing better returns, and another site showing massive battery consumption compared to Windows 7. Even though memory deduplication is supposed to improve battery life, benchmarks show either less battery utilization, or much more.

Better Battery Life:
Hands on with Windows 8 CP: Battery life test | ITworld

Less Battery Life:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Quick Look at Battery Life (Updated) | Your source for downloading popular benchmarks

Then there is the whole idea of interest in this OS:

windows 8 cp vs 7 vs xpsp3 benchmarks? - Neowin Forums

Huh? What is going on here? Where is the main interest in the system that we saw with the likes of Windows 7 and even Windows Vista? Windows Vista was a major flop for Microsoft, and it was released years after Windows XP. Still, it offered robust security, and was a step in the right direction for many of us. This is because Windows XP was released in October 2001, and something had to go in the right direction after so much time. Now, with Windows 7 only a couple years old, one is left to ask whether they even need a new operating system. With five years of time between Windows XP and Windows Vista, we still saw big manufacturers like Dell and HP offering downgrades to Windows XP - which many businesses took to save money, at their own peril. But Windows 7 offered something its predecessor, Windows Vista, could not offer. And that was performance on par with Windows XP, a much more slick look, and virtualization technology that would allow anyone with a fairly decent computer system to run, not just a legacy Windows XP application, but the entire Windows XP operating system, in a virtual machine inside Windows 7.

My first point was about Windows 8 as a service, and that is where I also run into some difficulty swallowing the results. Windows 8, when connected with a Windows Live account, seems to want to download your life from Facebook. The "People" Metro application runs a Facebook-based application that, with your consent, downloads all of your information from Facebook and syndicates it to your Windows Live page and Windows Live Messenger. It then uses that information to help you find your "people", by literally just taking all of the data off of your Facebook account. Then, your Windows Live status page becomes something of a Facebook clone. You can find even more people by performing the same task on LinkedIn, and presumably, in the future, all other services, perhaps maybe Google. But what if they let you link Google as well? Then, you can just access everything from "People", which is your Windows Live Messenger status page. What incentive do those other sites have to continue to develop their own social networking sites?

Next up was the product placement in Metro UI applications. When going to video, I found advertisements for popular television shows like The Walking Dead on AMC. It appears that you will eventually be able to purchase video content from this store, and watch videos on your computer. Where will this content come from? Microsoft, of course. This would not be a problem for me, if other services did not exist, like Netflix, for this very purpose. Then, going to Music doesn't show any advertisements just yet - but it does show a blank user library, where you can't add any music to it unless you go into the Desktop any way. Chances are this will be changed, but that doesn't discount the fact that over a decade of software development went into Windows Media Player, which has taken almost a dozen versions for any serious audiophile to even remotely take into consideration. Most will still jump over to iTunes, Winamp, and foobar. Does the Music app interact in some way with Windows Media Player? Is Windows Media Player being phased out? Is Microsoft going to offer its own music service now? We are left to try to figure this out.

You may be wondering where this is going. For me, any way, controlling the presentation means controlling the content. I am very pleased that services have been created like Steam for games and Spotify for music. With these programs, you are able to purchase music as a service. You are also able to purchase and download the full version of games. This software is fantastic, has its own interface, and offers remarkable service when you create an account. You are free to buy stuff, or never do that at all. You can take advantage of social networking within these services. But the great thing about these programs, in my opinion, has always been that you can install and uninstall them at your leisure. Thus, I ask the question, why can't Metro UI itself, just be an icon on the desktop, and a component of Windows that can be removed at any time? After testing the Windows Live features in the built-in Microsoft apps, I am left to make a conclusion I don't really want to make. That conclusion is that because Microsoft could not market social networking to the masses on par with Facebook or Google+, and because the company could not market their operating system to phones and tablets, they have decided to use forced obsolescence to make sure that everyone on the entire planet that buys a PC desktop or laptop computer, besides Linux users, will be forced to interact with their online services like Windows Live and Bing.

When I use the term forced obsolescence, I specifically state that Windows 8 is being designed to make Windows 7 obsolete - eventually. While the touch screen features are great, they seem to be an excuse for giving us a brand new version of Active Desktop. However, this time, everyone actually uses the Internet, and bandwidth/connection speed/throughput is no longer a major concern.

I am left to imagine an Internet where everyone who used a Microsoft Windows computer signed up for MSN Internet Access in Windows 98 and never bought a router. What if everyone in the world was OK with Microsoft placing advertisements for their own or preferred online services in all of their applications years ago? Well, you'd never have Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or a number of other companies. Everyone would be using MSN Search (Bing), Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Mail (Hotmail). I am reminded of America Online.

I have never really minded that Microsoft sells their online services to the world. Windows Live has always been something I considered a decent alternative to Google. However, I do have a problem with the operating system that I use also being designed directly to connect to a slew of services I do not use, and likely never will. This includes everything I listed above about Windows Live. This integration of applications that are dependent on Windows Live is a sharp contrast from Windows 7, and I, at least right now, would have major privacy issues divulging all of my Facebook information, online information, and handing it over to Windows Live. I like the fact that I can use multiple social networks, and that I have options. I use Windows Live for a variety of reasons, but I would never want it to be the only option on my phone. much less my desktop. I would want to be able to uninstall software applications associated with Live.

Because Microsoft controls the operating system market, they have decided to expand their business and compete in other areas. This includes gaming consoles, phones, and tablets. I have never taken issue with this, but I do take issue when these services are being bundled and forced down my throat in an OS release. I am reminded of how, on nearly every operating system installation I performed for years, I would have to be sure to remove the "Online Services" section from Microsoft Windows. These "Online Services" included America Online, AT&T WorldNet, CompuServe, and Prodigy.

Today, the desktop is being phased out. Many Windows 8 Consumer Preview users have found this to be a difficult issue to deal with. They claim they prefer the traditional desktop and Start Menu. I find that to be true, but for different reasons. At the click of a few buttons, in order to use the People app in Windows, Microsoft downloaded nearly the entire contents of my online Facebook account. They downloaded my data from LinkedIn. And they turned it into a Windows Live service. When I go to the Videos app, they're trying to sell me movies and TV shows when I already have Netflix. When I go to the desktop, I'm led to believe that the entire concept is a legacy feature. When I want to access a web browser, I don't want it to take up my entire screen and use 20% of my entire monitor to show me what my browser URL is. What happens when I actually need to do some real work? What happens when I need to bypass all of this junk?

For me, it will probably be easy. I have worked in IT and trained myself on how to get around almost anything. I have learned, over the years, what services are not essential on a Windows desktop, and how to install, manage, and maintain all kinds of different services. But for a person who is basic to intermediary with computers, they will never get passed Metro. They will have their content presented to them in a way Microsoft can control. And instead of the Internet being divided up into different areas operated by different corporations and public interest groups, it becomes very clear to me that Microsoft will showcase a heavy hand in controlling all online content, including multimedia, browsing, search, and social networking. Whereas before people didn't use their services because Google or Facebook may have had an edge, tomorrow people will be led to believe that this is much easier. With no off switch, Metro UI becomes a platform for delivering "online services" as part of the computing experience itself. And in so far that Microsoft could not put a dent in the multi-billion dollar online advertising network run by Google, or take advantage of the benefits of data mining that Facebook has had with their one billion users, they will now use their operating system platform to scoop up hundreds of millions, if not billions of new Windows Live members. To me, this matters.

While I have never had an issue with Google managing my e-mails and search, they also don't control the presentation of all the apps on my desktop. And while I may rely on their online services, I would never purchase an operating system released by them for just that reason. And that brings me back to Metro UI, and the reason why, at least right now, I can't tolerate it.

Here will be my test: If Windows 8 is even significantly slower or more resource intensive than Microsoft Windows 7, I will likely have no reason to upgrade. With a big magnifying glass being placed on my online presence through the integration of Windows Live into my operating system, I won't want to. If my computer boots a few seconds faster with Windows 8, I'll still breathe a sigh of relief that someone isn't trying to sell me zombie flicks directly on my desktop with no off switch.

I won't have as many privacy concerns as others will. If people were upset that Microsoft was going overboard with including Internet Explorer with their operating system, they will be infuriated by the massive takeover of the desktop with intrusive data-collecting applications that make up the Windows 8 Metro UI interface on install. While Microsoft was once a software development company that released products, they have now concerned themselves with maintaining a strong and marketable online presence on the web. They want people using their services on every phone, every gaming console, every desktop, every laptop, and every type of device in existence that uses a micro-processor. For me, this is overboard, and not what I'm interested in spending my money on.

I would have liked if Microsoft came out with an option for consumers: Pay a $100 annual subscription for feature improvements to the operating system. That is a service I would have been willing to buy. And under those circumstances, I'm willing to bet I'd be promptly allowed to uninstall Metro UI and delete the shortcut to it off my desktop; something that will never happen once you examine the changes that have been made between the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

When discussing the new OS with even some of the most technically minded individuals, a guy who designed a Skype app for Windows Phone before the official one was even announced, I found these types of comments:

"Im going to place a shortcut to shutdown.exe -s on my desktop. Although I have my power button assigned to turn it off too."

If that's not being "Vista'd" I don't know what is. But perhaps here are some other considerations:

If this is the most advanced operating system in the world, is it going to even detect whether or not you have a touch screen monitor, and adjust the situation to compensate?

As one other expert put it, why do you have to do "double-backflips" to shut it down?

If the Windows 8 installation asked if you wanted to install Metro UI, would the majority of desktop users currently say no?

Does the operating system showcase more opportunities to market Microsoft online services than it does actual improvements to productivity, usability, and computing power?

How come the only way to close an app is to hit ALT-F4 or CTRl-ALT-DEL, but the option to download TV shows seems to be fully developed? Is this thing like a hotel room menu or something?

Is this OS release inspired by a spur of new innovation or a desire to compete more directly with iOS, Android, Google, Facebook, and Apple?

Does Windows 8 outperform Windows 7?

I'd love to read your comments.

(These are my opinions and they do not reflect on anyone else here at They are subject to change, of course. Here's hoping Microsoft gets it right.)

I have just purchased some upgrades for my rig

I now have the following new parts

ASUS P7P55D Motherboard
Intel I7-860 Processor
2 x 500 GB Seagate Baracuda HDD

I added them in with my exisiting

2 x Nvidia 8800 GTX in SLI mode
2 x 250 GB Seagate Baracuda HHD

I have a PSU pushing out plenty of juice. I have tried to instal Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit edition (Upgrading my last rig from XP 64 Pro worked fine)

When I have set up the RAID for the HDD i set the system to boot from Optical Drive. the system then unpacks the windows files from DVD. I then get the starting windows picture with the Windows symbol made up from the flying balls of colour. However then at about 30 sec the rig resets and goes back in to the loop of unpacking the files going to the widows splash screen then crashing and repeating.

I have tried to do the install with only 1 2 Gb Stick of Ram and only 1 GFX card.

I have also tried to instal using the MOBO abiliy to use SATA drives as IDE.

All attempts and configuations end in the same thing happening.

I have been told to force boot to Opical then when it goes round take it out so that it runs from drives to force it to rn from files on HDD for installation. nothing works that I or others can seem to think of.

I am hoping that some one out there may have an idea on how to fix it so I can get an install to work for Windows 7.

On a side note I did try to reinstall Windows XP 64 Pro anf then up grade again. however this just went in to another loop of crashing at the Installing devices with 34 mins to go.

Any help would be great and a solution would be outstanding. would like to try and get it sorted before having to pay out to have it fixed

Hi All,

I am attempting to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 on my laptop and am having multiple problems. I have done this a million times before and it isn't that hard, but I have never seen these problems before. The HDD is formatted completely empty.

1. When attempting to use the Reinstallation DVD from Dell, the DVD boots and the progress bar moves that says "Windows is loading files," then the computer restarts and it is stuck in an infinite loop.

2. When attempting to use a copy of Windows 7 on a USB drive, the drive boots up until you see the cursor to begin the reinstallation process, then the computer restarts and it is stuck in an infinite loop.

3. When attempting to use a Windows XP DVD, it starts the setup process, and then I get the blue screen of death with error:

STOP: 0X0000007B (0XF78D2524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

I have been able to boot command line Linux distros (haven't tried any graphical distros) without any problems. The computer is out of warranty so obviously Dell isn't of any help to me. Dell instructed me to run diagnostics on everything, and everything passed, so it doesn't seem like there are any apparent hardware issues. I tried pulling the battery and just using the power cord and also removing one of the sticks of RAM and attempting installation, but I have the same problems.

Please let me know if you could be of any help, I would greatly appreciate it!


Dell Inspiron 1545 (Late 2010)
Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo


I am currently in safe mode here :-( I can't boot my computer in the
ordinary way, it freezes after the Windows XP logo is shown, and after
10-15min it sometimes displays the desktop background but I haven't got past
that for a while now.

I enabled /bootlog in boot.ini and the following snippet is from my
ntbtlog.txt file. The problem is that I don't know if the boot log is from
the safe mode boot or from my failed boot (the one before the safe mode).

As I am no driver guru I don't know if this looks bad or not. What seems
strange though is that the boot seems to loop. The Audio Codecs (as an
example) are loaded over and over again... the log file is 43kB long and
here and there there are some drivers that are loaded....

Any suggestions on what I could do is very appreciated!!

/ Peter in Safe Mode

Here's the snippet:
Service Pack 2 1 27 2005 19:44:04.500
Loaded driver WINDOWSsystem32ntoskrnl.exe
Loaded driver WINDOWSsystem32hal.dll
Loaded driver WINDOWSsystem32KDCOM.DLL
Loaded driver WINDOWSsystem32BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver ACPI.sys
Loaded driver pci.sys
Loaded driver isapnp.sys
Loaded driver pciide.sys
Loaded driver MountMgr.sys
Loaded driver ftdisk.sys
Loaded driver dmload.sys
Loaded driver dmio.sys
Loaded driver PartMgr.sys
Loaded driver VolSnap.sys
Loaded driver daemon.sys
Loaded driver atapi.sys
Loaded driver disk.sys
Loaded driver fltmgr.sys
Loaded driver sr.sys
Loaded driver PxHelp20.sys
Loaded driver KSecDD.sys
Loaded driver ifpusb.sys
Loaded driver Ntfs.sys
Loaded driver NDIS.sys
Loaded driver sisagp.sys
Loaded driver Mup.sys
Did not load driver Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC
Did not load driver Audio Codecs ############## 1
Did not load driver Legacy Audio Drivers
Did not load driver Media Control Devices
Did not load driver Legacy Video Capture Devices
Did not load driver Video Codecs
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (L2TP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (IP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPTP)
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Direct Parallel
Did not load driver NetOp Driver 3 ver. 7.01 (2002018)
Did not load driver Audio Codecs ############## 2
Did not load driver Legacy Audio Drivers
Did not load driver Media Control Devices
Did not load driver Legacy Video Capture Devices
Did not load driver Video Codecs
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (L2TP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (IP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPTP)
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Direct Parallel
Did not load driver NetOp Driver 3 ver. 7.01 (2002018)
Did not load driver Intel Processor
Did not load driver Audio Codecs ############## 3
Did not load driver Legacy Audio Drivers
Did not load driver Media Control Devices
Did not load driver Legacy Video Capture Devices
Did not load driver Video Codecs
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (L2TP)

..... a very long section that more or less loops ...

Did not load driver Audio Codecs
Did not load driver Legacy Audio Drivers
Did not load driver Media Control Devices
Did not load driver Legacy Video Capture Devices
Did not load driver Video Codecs
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (L2TP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (IP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPTP)
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Direct Parallel
Did not load driver NetOp Driver 3 ver. 7.01 (2002018)
Did not load driver Intel Processor
Did not load driver ABIT Siluro GF4 MX
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSusbohci.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSimapi.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERScdrom.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSredbook.sys
Did not load driver Creative SB Live! Value (WDM)
Did not load driver Creative SBLive! Gameport
Did not load driver 3Com EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI TX NIC (3C905B-TX)
Did not load driver CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSfdc.sys
Did not load driver Communications Port
Did not load driver Communications Port
Did not load driver Printer Port
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSi8042prt.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSkbdclass.sys
Did not load driver Audio Codecs
Did not load driver Legacy Audio Drivers

.... blah blah ...

Did not load driver Audio Codecs
Did not load driver Legacy Audio Drivers
Did not load driver Media Control Devices
Did not load driver Legacy Video Capture Devices
Did not load driver Video Codecs
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (L2TP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (IP)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
Did not load driver WAN Miniport (PPTP)
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Packet Scheduler Miniport
Did not load driver Direct Parallel
Did not load driver NetOp Driver 3 ver. 7.01 (2002018)
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DriversFastfat.SYS

End of File!

I have a computer that I build just over two years ago, till recently it has given me trouble free use. However around two months ago it developed an intermittent boot-up problem. This was about once a week and more recently its been four or five days a week. Today I cant boot it up at all. I did manage to get a boot-up once today (after sever hours of trying) when it did start it went into a continuous loop of booting up, and closing down.

Over the last few weeks I have been removing hardware (one item at a time to see if this resolved the problem. The only item that did speed up the boot-up process was the removal of a Belkin FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 PCI Express card (item 10 below). But it did not improve the boot problem.

I have for some time been thinking about replacing my current XP Pro operating system for a new Windows7 Home Premium.

Now my questions.

As I cannot follow the recommended procedure for backing up XP first and follow up with a recovery. I have purchased a new WD1500HFLS-O1G6U1 (WD VelociRaptor (150Gb) hard drive for the operating system to replace item 4 listed below. I am 99% certain that I have a software corruption or a slim change that the HD is at fault.

I have managed to back up the majority of important data over the last few weeks so I am not too worried about losing anything else.

My other two hard drives have most of my other important documents/images etc. (currently disconnected).

Can I just fit the new WD VelociRaptor HD on its own and after a format install Windows7 Home Premium DVD (Full version Not upgrade or OEM). Would it then be best to then add the hardware items one at a time after Windows 7 has been installed? I could then download the latest drives as I go along. I will be installing the 64Bit operating system.

I assume that after this I can connect the two other hard drives and Windows7 will read them is this correct?

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.


1. Motherboard: ASUS P5KC AiLifestyle Series iP35 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX

2. Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Part No BX80557E6850 - Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3GHz Socket 775 4MB Cache 1333MHz FSB Retail Boxed Processor

3. RAM PC8500 (1066 MHz) 4 x Corsair 1GB PC2-8500 C5 XMS2 Dominator (2 twin packs) (4GB total)

4. Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB SATA 10KRPM 16MB Cache - OEM 5 Year Warranty.

5. Hard Disc 2 (500gb) Seagate ST3500630AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 16MB Cache 7200RPM OEM

6. 1 x Western Digital 750GB HD SATA300 7200rpm 32MB Cache Caviar Black OEM

7. Case Coolermaster RC-1000 Cosmos Full Tower Case inv 4 large fans (all ready purchased)

8. Power Supply (PSU) Coolermaster RealPower Pro 850W Modular PSU

9. (b) Graphic Card, Nvidia GeForce 8600GTS 512MB PCI-E - Manufacturer code: 8600GTS

10. Belkin FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 PCI Express card.

11. DVD drives x 2


I searched before asking but none of these solutions helped me.

Three days ago my Fujitsu Siemens Pi 1536 suddenly crashed - the screen went crazy and I pushed my laptop's power button off. Then I turned it on and everything went okay - then I realized I have no audio drivers anymore. No sound, nothing. - 'No audio devices are installed.' - Windows can't detect a problem or automatically update.

I tried to reinstall them (Realtek) but this didn't help me. Tried every possible way to make things work. Uninstalled them; reinstalled them; installed them over the old ones; disabled and enabled... Still nothing.

Of course, after that I decided to reinstall my Windows 7 (clean install). I never had problems with installations until now. I boot from DVD and it loads the files, but then black screen comes with a cursor and restarts after 3 seconds. So it's kinda a restart loop. Burned Win 7 on five different DVDs - none of them work! It's the black screen with cursor over and over again.

Anyways, I finally succeeded to reinstall my laptop (clean install) and now I'm using Windows XP. After that I also installed all of my drivers and the only problem continues to be the audio. - In Device Manager there's no Realtek option.

So I still can use my laptop but there is no sound. I'm stuck and I'm going mad now. What the ... happened with my Fujitsu??? Is it a virus? Is my sound gone forever?

Anybody has a solution? I'd be sooo thankful!

Just tell me if you need more info about my laptop:

I have Fujitsu Siemens Pi 1536
Processor Intel (R) CPU T2300 @ 1.66 GHz 167 GHz
RAM 2.00 GB
32-bit Operating System

Please help upgrading from xp to windows 7 almost complete when blue screen of death appeared. So computer shut down on reboot message appeared system shut down suddenly please insert disc to continue install. Nothing happened each time i inserted disc it was a continual loop of the same message. Turned the computer of now all i get is NTDLR missing press cntrl +alt+ delete. I am getting nowhere have tried re installing xp, reinstalling 7. Have changed the boot sequencing all to no joy.

Hello everyone I just got my tower and everything from newegg today and after putting it all together I booted it up an popped in the windows 7 64 bit dvd for some reason the screen was messed up an there was like six diffence mouse pointers but it installed everything the first time then it had to reboot to install the rest when it restarted and booted up I got an error message that last like two seconds an it dumps the memory an goes into a loop of just restarting an error message over and over please help me I would like to get this computer up an running. By the way it is a custom built computer with: MSI 790FX-GD70 mobo, 1 2GB DDR3 RAM(have 3 more), nvidia N9800GT 1GB DDR3(have another I want to put in there too), AMD Phenom II 3.4Ghz quad core, Sony lightscribe cd/dvd drive, and 1TB harddrive. Please help me figure out why this will not install on this computer I dont want to have to use XP or vista. Thanks!

Originally Posted by ryanpw I was having this same problem. I'm pretty sure it's my DVD drive. I don't totally understand the differences between DVD+R and DVD-R and all that, but I'm pretty sure my problem was my drive being a bit too old.

So...I was able to following method 6 at this site:
Boot From A USB Flash/Pen/Key Drive

and make a USB drive (I used a 4GB one) bootable, then copied the windows dvd files there. Then, went into the BIOS on the affected machine and made it boot from USB first. Worked perfectly.

One thing, after it installs, make sure to go into the BIOS again and bump down the USB device in the boot sequence, otherwise, it'll feel like an infinite loop and keep asking you to install Windows from the USB :-)

Hope this helps someone. Figured I'd post since I spent so many hours in DVD hell. Kept trying new disks, +R, -R, etc, but nothing worked. Go USB if you can, or get a new DVD drive maybe.

Good luck,
Ryan I use unetbootin to automatically create a USB Flash installer.
Make sure you have a 4GB or greater drive, probably not a good idea to use a super cheap drive, go with a quality drive.

Format to NTFS first.

Download the MS Power Toy Iso Recorder.

ISO Recorder v 2

Run iso recorder it will add a right click menu item to allow you to make an image (,iso) of any file, folder you right click on.

Insert your DVD and right click the DVD icon in My Computer and select create image select your destination folder and let Iso Recorder do it's job.

When finished you will have an .iso image of your DVD.

Now download the latest version of Unetbootin, the version for Windows.

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads

Unetbootin is standalone.

Plug your Flash drive in.

Unzip the download and run the .exe.

Skip the first field (distributions) and select the radio button next to "Disk Image".

Make sure ISO is selected from the dropdown and use the browse button on the far right of the "Disk Image" field to navigate to your newly created .iso file.

Click OK and wait for Unetbootin to finish.

That's it, you now have a bootable USB Flash Win 7 installer that functions just like the DVD only must quicker.

You BIOS must support booting from a USB drive and the USB drive must be first in boot order in BIOS.

Sorry for posting all this here, I don't have my own blog to reference.

This works for me.

P.S. Unetbootin works when run from XP and Vista as well.

There's a site that gives out free shareware programs (the majority of them suck), but today they're giving away Paragon Partition Manager 2009.

The Special Edition has some features stripped out of it and it states the Personal versions works with Windows 7.

I've installed 50+ applications that didn't include Windows 7, but they're working fine.

I'm, going to install this on my machine and will post back with the results.

For those who are dual-booting, this certainly will work with any other OS.

There's also a link on the site for FREE Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 Express

You only have 19 hours to download and install it

It runs on Windows 7.

The Good:
I was able to make a backup
Recover Media Builder worked fine
Can create Linux partitions

The Bad:
I then tried a new partition on my main drive. I had to restart for it to continue. I did and ended up in a loop, restarting started the DOS program before Windows starts up and took me back to the same screen. I then selected the Free Space and formatted it NTFS. Now on startup, NTLDR is missing..

Maybe it was my fault or this particular function doesn't work with Windows 7. Yes, it was my fault as I assigned the wrong drive letter

At this point, I'd only recommend that XP or Vista users download and install the program

Credit to
Another freebie is Uniblue DiskRescue 2009
You can view the details here:

Again, this program requires your email for Activation. The license is only good for 1 year however.
Just go to the main website and download the trial version, use the key sent by email and it's now the full unrestricted version
Another Full License:
ConceptDraw Professional 7
View Details Here:

Download Concept Draw 7 Pro from :

Free to try; $299.00 to buy

Hi, I inadvertently posted this on so I thought I would repost it here. Regards

In case it is you that likes challenges and you can learn benefit from my lessons learnt in trying to install Windows 7 on an old machine, then I have done my bit. No doubt others have come up with similar solutions so maybe this is old news but here goes. This is written for the casual user. PC details are at the end of this posting and comments are welcome. I am chuffed with myself as regards being able to (finally) type this on a W7 machine connected to my home wi-fi LAN. I chose my son's PC, the one he managed to damage the XP operating system on, so tests risks were low. Just as well.

I downloaded the 2.4 GB ISO image and burnt a DVD, so far so good. Then I discovered that my son's PC had a CD drive so off to Carrefour to buy a USB external NU slimline (I don't own shares, I am just impressed with their product.) I used F8 to select a boot from the DVD and off the installation went! I thought "gosh this is too easy". In DOS 5 days (and after that) I had one obstacle after another such as low-level and high-level HDD formatting. Then my LCD monitor lost sync and I thought "oh no!". I could no longer see what the eff was happening.

I waited for awhile, enjoying the stripes across the screen, before seeing something that looked like the product key page. So I carefully typed in the key and beat enter and no doubt made a hash of it because - no go. Bravely I reset. I tried again, and ended up at the same place, the monitor giving me the middle finger repeatedly. Then I must have got it right because the screen changed, judging by the changed zig-zag lines. Still stripes though. So - reset again, but this time I decided to start up in safe mode, so F8 once again. That worked. Lesson one - remember to beat the F8 key when needed.

So I decided to try Internet Explorer and amazingly that worked, without installing any wi-fi drivers! (There were Windows updates in between all of this fun and games over a few days.) After reading up on this forum I discovered a useful W7 URL so off to the NVIDEA site and I discovered an auto detect option. A massive download followed with their most recent driver software - no go. Try again with an older just as massive driver. Ditto for try two. Try three - I specified a driver manually this time and downloaded only 80MB. That worked! Lesson 2 - the NVIDEA auto dectect option might not be so reliable.

I also found that Device Manager was reporting an unknown PCI device, drivers not installed. I checked everything and decided that this was a "ghost device" seeing as everything else was accounted for and after stringent visual inspections. Seeing as the device does not exist, I disabled it. I cant't see it so it can't do any harm if it is also switched off.

Great! A stable video image! Now to try to change the display resolution. I was politely informed that I did not have the necessay authority to acces that option. Control Panel? Ditto. Recycle bin? You got it. "Maybe that is due to the security policy" I thought or choosing a profile with no password initially. So I logged off, hoping to try to find a way to create a new user profile. Then I ended up in an endless loop, continuously getting the option to log in, clicking that and ending up back there. I am proud of myself. No expletives, just an increase in determination. I beat the reset button and used F8 again, yes and this time I could ceate another adminstrator account in safe mode and logon with a new account, which I defined having a password. (The first account also had administrator rights but I suspect it was was lying about it.) . Lesson three - F8 is still the best!

So the new account boots. Yea!!!! Then we get this message: "Run DLL Error in C:~Windows~system32~NVCPL.DLL Missing entry: ExportOEMDefaults". Sorry about the tilde instead of a backslash, looks like I chose the wrong keyboard. Also " and @ are swopped, so I have some typing challenges.

I ignored this exception like any good software engineer would and voila, I have a running system! (Or good enough to test from.) Next step - install software to see what breaks W7 or vice versa. Lesson 4 - you are allowed to ignore some errors.

For example I ignored the icon on the bottom right that says I do not have internet acces, because I have some evidence that I do!

So - keep posted, watch this space! Incidentally , so far I am impressed with the relatively fast W7 boot and the rapid shutdown, but this is a clean installation..... I am learning my way around, I was used to an "event viewer" that logs system errors and finally found something like it.

PC DETAILS AS PROMISED: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ MZNPV-MX 1.8 GHz; 1 GB RAM (895 usable last time I looked); W7 32 bit; NVIDEA GeForce 6150 #nFORCE 430 (on the motherboard 1024 by 768 resolution); D-Link 108G DWA-520 wi-fi; 20" Toshiba monitor 20V300M LCD (initially running in VGA mode at 800 x 600 to give a picture). Optical USB mouse HID compliant. 76309 MB SCSI ST 3808/AS hard drive. Several GB free.

I fought with Vista for a month with the black screens, lock ups, and loops. The dreaded "Display driver has stopped responding" error has returned to haunt Windows 7. At least for me.

I play WoW a lot, some Bioshock, and recently Universe at War. The error is very random. Sometimes it affects the game right off the bat requiring a restart of the computer (if not it will just do it again).

In Vista i went through all the trouble shooting tips found on the web including, trouble shooting the ram, testing voltages, overheating problems, underclocking video and FSB settings. I have gotten Vista to be fairly stable with this problem.

Is any one else seeing this monster rise up again? If so let's get this out in the open to Microsoft. I do not want to be using XP for the rest of my life.

By the way, I do have XP, Vista 64 ultimate, and now Windows 7 Ultimate 64 loaded on my system. They are all on different drives. I only hook up one drive at a time so that there is no dual booting going on.

So far I must say I really like Windows 7. No glithces on install and it even put in my wifi card without removal.

E8400 under a Zalman
Abit 680i
4 gigs 1x2 Corsair Dominators
Xfi Gamer
650 watt Antec PS
and a few Raptors to keep it all together.