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Solved Windows 10 clean install stuck in installation loop

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by GreggIllinois, Jan 18, 2020.

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  1. GreggIllinois

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    I see there's a similar thread but my situation is different in that I never got to the point of installing updates.

    This was the first clean install I did. I did it with the USB stick and after it installed, the screen went black and then brought me back to the beginning of the installation. So I installed it again and the same thing happened. I removed the USB stick and installed again and it brought me back to the initial installation screen.

    So I took the only other option which was something like 'Repair this computer.' This gave me several choices, one of which let me continue on to Windows 10, which I chose. That took me to the post installation questions and I was able to install Windows 10 in its entirety.

    What did I do wrong that I got stuck in that installation loop?
     
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    If you set the Bios to make the Usb stick the first boot device then when the install restarted the computer it booted from the Usb stick again which started the install again.

    You can either remove the Usb stick as it's restarting OR use the boot menu at the start and choose the Usb stick to boot from just this one time.

    (I should have mentioned this in one of your other threads)
     
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    Thanks Allan. I don't remember setting the Bios to make the USB stick first but it may have been set up that way (by me or somebody else) anyway. That seems like the most logical explanation anyway.
     
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    Thinking about it when the install reboots it should have changed the startup device to the hard drive.

    Are you booting into the USB stick ?
     
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    I don't know. I'm not on that computer. I'll check the boot order next time and see.

    Are you supposed to remove the USB stick at some point in the installation? (It didn't say anything about that in MCT's wizard.)
     
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    I forgot before, you can leave the Usb stick in, the system should boot from the hard drive when the install restarts the computer.
    Try removing it if the problem persists though, it can't do any harm.

    Some things to check :-

    Make sure it's booting from the Usb stick
    Only a single HDD/SSD connected
     
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    Okay, thanks. Yeah, I didn't hear anything about removing the USB stick. And there was only the one hard drive in the computer. And it was installing Windows 10 so it must've been booting from the USB stick, right? (It was a Windows 7 computer.)
     
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    Yes it must have booted from it unless it was started from within 7, you should check that too.
    Also delete all the partitions on the drive during the start of the install.
     
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    Fortunately, I have no more Windows 7 computers to upgrade. (This last one installed Windows 10 properly.) Except my buddy in Iowa. (the one with that 0x800x80005 error). But he's on vacation for a week, so I'm not going to be concerned with that for a few days.

    I'm calling it a night here. (Bitter cold here in Chicago. Going down to 0 degrees Fahernheit and wind gusts up to 45 mph. Insanely dangerous wind chills. Hope you're warmer! :))
     
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