I tried yesterday to reinstall Windows 7 from a genuine update CD (Home Premium) There was already an installation in place but it would not boot nor repair. There was other stuff on the drive too, but it was no longer relevant so I did not mind it being wiped. The installation was slow enough but eventually reached the last stage - "Completing Installation" - and there it has stayed for, so far, 14 or 15 hours. There is still some action - three dots that appear, one, two, three, and then disappear and start again - but nothing more. Mouse is working but If I click the close box X (in the dialogue box) I see another box with the message that installation cannot be stopped at this stage or the computer may become unusable. The escape key produces the same message. No other key produces any effect and neither keyboard no mouse produces a menu. I have not dared to use the Ctr-Alt-Del combination.
So what on earth do I do? It does not seem to me that this is ever going to end, but if I try to switch off and reboot physically I might find the 500GB hard drive and the system totally inaccessible. The system is i765 @ 2.8Ghz quadcore (?) with 12GB memory
Help and advice would be much appreciated.
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|>> Re: Windows 7 Installation Won't Complete
I had the same issue sometime ago, and to my surprise one of my hardware guys said that Microsoft might have stopped the support for windows 7 and so the os was not installing on my system. He gave me an advice to try loading a windows 10 os and when it pops up to offer a key, enter windows 7 key if it is a genuine os. It worked to my surprise.
Later I found on google that windows 10 new installations are supporting old windows 7 and 8 keys if they are from genuine OS......interesting....isn't it?