I'm having trouble installing Windows 7 on a HP d1160 (maybe 5-7 years old).
I've already done this one time when the harddrive died. Now I'm doing once again because of a second harddrive failure. I've tried installing from several DVDs (maybe there's a problem with the disc..?) and several different DVD readers and also from a bootable USB with Windows 7, but no luck. I eventually wind up with an error saying it can't load
winload.exe or something with
I've finally turned to the motherboard and tried to flash the BIOS, but I found it's very hard to flash it without and OS. HP only supplies the BIOS update as an
exe-file and since I can't execute it, I couldn't upgrade it.
I also tried to make a bootable USB with a DOS system files on, but that bios upgrade won't run in that environment. Any ideas or hints on the next step?