Win 7 install problems

Yesterday I finally decided to get with the times and stop using WinXP. I got a free Win 7 copy through uni, burned it and started installing. It seems to be going fine but on "extracting files" my computer just freezes. I try it a few more times but the same thing keeps happening so I'm forced to reinstall XP. When I try to select my drive however, setup tells me it's "unknown" and just kicks me out. After unplugging everything and doing this and that I do manage to install XP again.

I still want Win 7 though, so I try a different .iso and now instead of freezing the signal to my monitor just cuts out (which actually started happening with the first disc too). Out of stubbornness I try the 32-bit version instead, which appears to be working since I can just launch it from XP, but after the first reboot it's the same crap again, screen just goes black. At least I got to 27%...

I don't know what to make of it though. Having tried three different disc images it's not likely to be a problem with them, but at the same time I can install XP no problem so I have no idea what kind of hardware problem it might be. I guess I could try Win 8 but I don't know about that.

Is it possible the original iso you burned the three images from got corrupted somehow?

I downloaded three different ISOs (two 64-bit, one 32-bit) so I doubt all three of them got corrupted =/

Is it the type of media you're burning to? I've gotten a bad batch of discs before.

Another thing to consider would be if you have a piece of rather outdated hardware and it's hanging trying to identify it (admittedly, this seems unlikely).

But if the unpacking isn't working, then perhaps that part of the disc isn't being read properly.

Best way to install Win 7 IME has been to build an install USB flash drive from the ISO. MS has a tool that will allow you to do that pretty easily.

MannishBoy wrote:

Best way to install Win 7 IME has been to build an install USB flash drive from the ISO. MS has a tool that will allow you to do that pretty easily.

Good call. Embarrassed I didn't think of that

This sounds to me like an unfortunate spontaneous hardware fault... either the HDD or the motherboard/ram. A corrupted install wouldn't cause your monitor to cut out

MannishBoy wrote:

Best way to install Win 7 IME has been to build an install USB flash drive from the ISO. MS has a tool that will allow you to do that pretty easily.

Unfortunately you need Win 7 to create the Win 7 image
I'll see if I can get a hold of a different PC

edit: Well with that guide anyway
Found a different one. Will give it a shot later.

kyrieee wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Best way to install Win 7 IME has been to build an install USB flash drive from the ISO. MS has a tool that will allow you to do that pretty easily.

Unfortunately you need Win 7 to create the Win 7 image
I'll see if I can get a hold of a different PC

edit: Well with that guide anyway
Found a different one. Will give it a shot later.

No you don't. It's right there in the instructions:

FOR WINDOWS XP USERS

The following applications must be installed prior to installing the tool:
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.
Microsoft Image Mastering API v2 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.

The trick for burning OS install ISO's is to burn them at the lowest speed possible, usually 2x, or 1x if your drive will allow it. Then have your burning software (I use ImgBurn) do a verify on it afterwards.

Jeff-66 wrote:

The trick for burning OS install ISO's is to burn them at the lowest speed possible, usually 2x, or 1x if your drive will allow it. Then have your burning software (I use ImgBurn) do a verify on it afterwards.

Wouldn't that only be a factor with a poor writer or a poor reader? Data is data, if it's on the disc and verifies, then it's there. Unless there's something about CD/DVD writing I don't know.