Windows7 Installation problems!!!

  arminmckidd 18:44 29 Oct 09

Ok here is the problem. I have burned an ISO of windows 7 onto a DVD-R, installed a new hard drive to install the new OS. I restarted the pc, went into the BIOS, changed the first boot device from hard drive to CD-rom. Restart the pc and it says 'Boot from CD:'. I hit enter then nothing!!! It went back straight to Vista (currently running OS)???
I thought this was kind of strange so i restarted again and this time taking out the hard drive with Vista on it and tried to boot from the CD again but this time i got an error 'GRUB loading stage1.5 Error 17'
what do i do to fix this? HELP!?!?!?!

  MIke 18:55 29 Oct 09

How did you burn the iso file to disc?
If you just burned it onto the disc as a data disc then it won't boot. You need to create a disc using the iso file, depending on your burning software it may have an option along the lines of 'create disc from a disc image' which is basically what you need to do. Apologies if you know this or have already done same.

  arminmckidd 19:40 29 Oct 09

i think your right there. I just did a straight burn using windows copy and paste. I should have used something a bit more specialised like roxio or something. The problem now is i deleted the iso but the dvd-r still registers there is something on the disk.
I tried to format (right-click) it wouldnt work.
I tried to format from computer management but to the same result.

What should i do?

  morddwyd 19:46 29 Oct 09

You might be better off looking at the Windows 7 forum.

  rdave13 19:48 29 Oct 09

The dvd-r is a write once only format so will go in the bin. Can you get the iso file again, then burn the iso file to another dvd-r disc using the 'create a bootable disc from an iso file'. Or similar instruction from your burning software.

  arminmckidd 20:01 29 Oct 09

i only have 1 disk! im sure i can format the dvd cant it?

  rdave13 20:06 29 Oct 09

No. You can only erase or format re-writable discs. Yours is a read only disc once it has been burnt.

  arminmckidd 20:22 29 Oct 09

im pretty sure i picked the option where i could delete and re-burn! strange?

  tullie 20:38 29 Oct 09

Doesent matter what options you selected dvd-r cannot be erased and written on again.

  arminmckidd 20:59 29 Oct 09

ok thanks for the responses
Ill buy other discs and try again
hopefully i wont get the GRUB errors again, otherwise Ill be back!

  MIke 22:51 29 Oct 09

GRUB suggests you have Linux installed. Were you dual booting Vista with Linux??

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