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Dear, I formatted a server that had Linux (don't know which distribution) with a windows 7 DVD so that I install Windows 7 (client requirement). On reboot, I got a ...
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    Linux formatted Server not allowing Windows 7 Installation


    Dear,

    I formatted a server that had Linux (don't know which distribution) with a windows 7 DVD so that I install Windows 7 (client requirement).

    On reboot, I got a Linux message instead of continuing Win7 installation.

    Please advise.

    Thank you

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    Back again,

    After reboot, Server hangs up on the word 'Grub'.

    Quote Originally Posted by joedotm View Post
    Dear,

    I formatted a server that had Linux (don't know which distribution) with a windows 7 DVD so that I install Windows 7 (client requirement).

    On reboot, I got a Linux message instead of continuing Win7 installation.

    Please advise.

    Thank you

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    The mbr still contains the grub bootloader.
    With only the windows dvd, you can boot into rescue mode and call "bootrex.exe /fixmbr"
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Is this the initial boot to install, or the second one after the first install phase? If the initial boot, the machine is booting off the hard disk rather than the DVD. Most modern machines access a boot order menu by pressing F12 on boot, change so the DVD is higher than hard disk. If the problem happens on subsequent reboots, then try Irithori's suggestion. I've not had problems installing W7 over linux myself, though I did have to format, repartition and redo the mbr for an XP install.

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    It hangs because you have removed Linux but haven't successfully installed Win 7. Boot from the Win 7 DVD again and try once more to install it. Linux has nothing to do with your problem. If you still have problems, ask the Win7 people how to solve it.
    Last edited by lewmur; 11-14-2011 at 01:26 PM. Reason: add

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    Hi,

    No bootrec/ action worked.
    I had to wipe off the whole HD (took all night and then installation went fine.
    Thanx a lot for your help.

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