Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Jan 2009 07:16 UTC
Windows Even though the Windows 7 beta had been available on piracy networks for a while now, it still hadn't been officially released. During his pre-show keynote at CES, Steve Ballmer officially launched the Windows 7 beta onto the world via TechNet, MSDN, and Connect. It will become available to the general public this Friday.
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Windows 7 install
by protagonist on Sat 10th Jan 2009 04:11 UTC
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Are any of you successfully installing this beta on machines with multiple hard drives? I have been trying to install it on HD1 as HD0 has my BSD installed on it. So far I can't get past the partitioning screen.

On the first attempt it told me it had to be installed on a NTFS partition. So I ran up my partitioning software and reformatted the entire HD as a primary NTFS partition. The next attempt after that gave me some other error saying it still could not be installed.

Tomorrow I am going to unplug HD0 and try with just the one drive connected. However, I have to say it is hard to have a positive impression when you can't even start the installation.

My system is, admittedly three or four years old, but it does exceed the minimum requirements so this does not bode well for the OS even in a beta stage. Especially since MS is talking about 1 beta, one release candidate and then thje final release.

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RE: Windows 7 install
by sukru on Sat 10th Jan 2009 06:30 in reply to "Windows 7 install"
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Happened to me too.

This is what I did:
* Removed a partition
* Readded it, and formatted NTFS
* Rebooted, and restarted the install

then it worked, but YMMV

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RE[2]: Windows 7 install
by protagonist on Sat 10th Jan 2009 07:55 in reply to "RE: Windows 7 install"
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This worked for me: I shut down and disconnected the data cable to the first HD. Booted up and the install then went without a hitch. After I was done with the install I shut down and reattached the data cable to the first drive. I then powered back on and hit the F12 key to bring up the boot device menu and selected the second drive with Windows 7 on it. It booted just fine and GAG comes up if I boot and take no action.

I will try and see if GAG will find the Windows installation next. I did manage to lock up Windows within an hour to the point where the only way out was to use the power button. And I can duplicate it 100% of the time. :-)

Now if I can just get an activation key for the beta.

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