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Cannot boot into Win7 installer. "insert proper boot media" and "flashing underscore"

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by lettnightexplode, Mar 11, 2014.

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  1. lettnightexplode

    lettnightexplode Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to do a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit but i can't get the installer to load.
    I have access to a Xubuntu install and a OS X install.
    The original hard drive Windows 7 was installed on stopped working completely. So, I've bought a brand new one.
    I followed the steps I did the first time I installed Windows 7 - converting the iso to and img with OS X's hdiutil and the dd command to burn it to a USB.
    This time I would just get a "please insert proper boot media" error.
    I went to my Xubuntu computer (it's used like a chromebook - i'm not a big linux guy) and tried WinUSB.
    These USB keys lead to a screen that had a flashing underscore a few spaces from the top of the screen.
    It dawned on me that the first thing I did when I installed windows the first time was update the bios. So I tried flashing a few different BIOS versions, but none of them made a difference>
    I really need help - I can't think of anything else to try
    Thank you very much!
    TL;DR
    Cannot boot into Win7 installer. OS X made USB keys show "insert proper boot media" - Ubuntu made keys show "flashing underscore" - Tried 3 different BIOS versions. Win7 -has- worked here before...
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    From where did you buy Windows 7 Ultimate? Did you not get a set of two DVDs with your purchase?
     
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