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Windows 7 Upgrade Stuck

Posted on 2009-07-06
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I am attempting an upgrade from Vista to windows 7, yes I know "wipe and load," however I do not wish to. Anyway it gets stuck at 87% of grabbing the files I left it for two days and it never moved. I tried doing a disk check at boot to see if anything was corrupt, then re-ran the install and same thing, 87%. I can find nothing in the log files, is their any way to figure out what file on my hard drive is causing it to get stuck, or is their a command line that you can use on the install to make it continue on error?
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Here is an old XP installer hang fix. It just might be something similar. If the process works, you might find something useful ...

http://techtracer.com/2007/03/12/xp-installation-the-34-minute-hiccup/

You want to install XP professional and suddenly you realize that it freezes up at the mention of 34 minutes remaining! You try all your efforts to make it running but nothing seems to be working to your dismay. You try checking your RAM, checking for any bad sectors in your hard drive, even your motherboard (as I have done) but cannot make a conclusion as to whats the answer to your woes.

So what is the solution to the defamed 34 minute XP installation hangup problem?
Its as simple as deleting a simple file which caused the installation to freeze.

Let the XP hang up at 34 minutes remaining for the first time
remove the CD from the CDROM and reboot
Dont enter the CD when the installation asks for it, instead open the DOS prompt (Shift + F10)
goto C:/Windows and type setupapi.log, hit enter
The setupapi.log file opens in a notepad
Scroll to the very last few lines in the file and search for the word inf 
You will notice that in the last few moments the installation created a file with the extension .inf before dying out (in my case it was the faulty modem for which XP created the file mdmcxpt.inf).
It means that the device mentioned in the last few lines is faulty and you have to make the installation skip through it.
Close the notepad and go to the folder C:/windows/inf in command prompt
Browse through the files to find the .inf which was related to the faulty device.
Straightaway delete the inf file (eg: del mdmcxpt.inf)
now put in the XP installation CD and Continue the installation
It will not put in the drivers related to the faulty device and so it wont freeze this time !!

Good luck

Chris B
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by:Makaveli213
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You may want to remove all devices from your machine when you do the upgrade.  The process could be getting stuck at the device recognition stage where it tries to install drivers for those devices in Windows 7.  There may not be any drivers which is causing the freeze.
Leave only your mouse and keyboard plugged into your USB ports and remove all other USB devices.  See if that helps at all.
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Hey thanks for the replies, but it was much simpler then I thought. I battled it and battled it, then all of a sudden it hit me, it might be a file hung by my profile. So I created a new profile on the machine, rebooted, logged into the new profile then ran the setup again, whala no issues. After it finished I deleted the new profile and went back to using my old profile. Good to go.
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by:caoimhincryan
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Im thinking of upgrading from Vista to Windows 7..

Have you had issues after the upgrade??
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