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Windows 7 install on SSD 100% file copy issue

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Hi,

Just got a new system and its got a Samsung SSD with it. I'm trying to install the OS (Windows 7).

I get to the point of the installation copying the Installation Files over to the drive and it goes directly to the 100% with out copying anything and then hangs on the installation process at 0%

I can install windows 8.1 on the system but need windows 7 on.

Thanks
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by:Thomas Grassi
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What else is on the drive? You said you can install windows 8 on it.

Is windows 8 still on it?

What size ssd drive is this?

During the windows 7 install did you reformat the entire drive? is it partitioned off ?
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by:Gareth_Pointon
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Hi.

This is a new drive. Tried to install win 7 on it and went through the install and then got the error.

No nothing is now on as deleted partition and tried again after the installation of win 8.

120gb SSd
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by:John Hurst
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Try turning AHCI to Compatibility Mode in BIOS. It seems like a quirk, but it has worked for others. You can always change it back to SATA after Windows installs.
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by:Gareth_Pointon
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Ok will have to find that in the bios as it's a new type iv not seen before.
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by:John Hurst
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You may also need to turn UEFI off on BIOS.
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by:nobus
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could be a bad windows DVD, or even bad DVD drive, or ram
test these (or copy the DVD ), swap drive, or ram for testing
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If the components were faulty why would it install windows 8.

Just tried the drive in IDE AND AHCI mode and still the same.
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It's crashing on expanding windows files.

I assume it's due to the files not been copied in the first place.

First time come across this issue in 20 years of building computers.
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Ok

I have now tried the following.

Different windows 7 media - fail
SSD set to AHCI and DVD rom set to IDE - fail
SSD set to IDE and DVD rom set to AHCI - fail.

BIOS set to default - fail.

Only other thing to try is using a standard SATA drive to see if it installs.
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by:John Hurst
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I use Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on my ThinkPad X230, have done for over a year, and it works fine. You might consider staying with Windows 8.

Otherwise, try another disk as you suggest.
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>>  If the components were faulty why would it install windows 8.  <<    because :
1-different dvd media
2-different oS - uses other Ram, or less
3-a DVD  drive can read some DVD - but not other
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I have tried a different win7 media DVD.

Looks like it's going to be win8.1 with the start button activated...
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I use a Program folder flyout on the right side of the taskbar.

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
%ProgramData%Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.

Works fine.
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by:Gareth_Pointon
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OK.. So I know its not the SSD and put a 2.5 320gb drive in and the same happened. Even updated the Bios FW and still no joy. This truly is rediculous.
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OK.. After all this I have managed to bill it down to a faulty DVD Optical drive.

After taking the SSD in to work and successfully installing Windows 7 on the SSD I brought home the SSD, Memory and Optical Drive.

I installed the SSD and finished the windows 7 computer setup installation process and all went OK.

Ran Windows Memory Diag and also Memtest and no probs there.

I then swapped over the Optical drive and changed the SSD to a spare 320gb drive I had and that installed windows 7 ok.

So thought nothing lost here... Changed the SSD back and left the other Optical drive in place and BOBS YOUR UNCLE .... A Fully installed Windows 7 again on the SSD.

So after all that is was the Optical drive.... No why the faulty Optical drive managed to install Windows 8 I don't know.. but hay ... its computers for you .....

Thanks for all your suggestions ......
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Found the full solution
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tx for feedback  - but what do you mean with BOBS YOUR UNCLE ?  i don't know that one
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