I was having issues installing Windows 7 64bit Home Premium OEM (see my other question).

To make absolutely sure it didn't have anything to do with my CD/DVD drive, I made a bootable USB from my CD using EasyBCD. I set the BIOS to boot from USB devices first, then boot with the USB in: it works fine, asks for language, unpacks etc.

When it automatically reboots, the USB kicks in again and starts the installation process anew, so I shut down, remove USB and reboot. The installation continues just fine, but when it reboots again, the Windows logo comes up for a while, then the screen just goes black (no signal, it says)!

The PC is actually still on. I can force shut down and reboot, and I get the 'windows did not shut down properly bla bla' menu, I select 'start windows normally' and I have the same problem.

What could possibly be wrong?

This is the hardware:

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Does it work in safe mode? – Ramhound Nov 7 '14 at 21:35
  • You might try packing your display drivers into your USB install. I've only seen it twice out of hundreds of computers, but it was the same problem you're describing. – Lee Harrison Nov 7 '14 at 21:45
  • @ramhound no. It says it can't do it in safe mode and that I should reboot into normal mode to complete installation. – Sean Bone Nov 7 '14 at 21:49
  • @LeeHarrison pardon my ignorance, but how should I do that? Could it be a possibility to change graphics card (no integrated) for the installation? – Sean Bone Nov 7 '14 at 21:50
  • Then Windows hasn't completed being installed and thus still needs the installation media. – Ramhound Nov 7 '14 at 21:52

I finally managed to install Windows 7 correctly, thanks to advice from Lee Harrison and Ramhound! Thank you!

As it turns out, Windows was having issues with my AMD Radeon HD 4650 graphics card - this meant that when, after the initial installation phase was complete and the OS tried to boot, the screen just went blank.

I worked around the problem by swapping out my GPU with a different one I had lying around, and completed the installation that way. Now I can just install the proper drivers for the original GPU and I'm off!

  • Glad you got it all sorted out. This is definitely a weird edge case. Never thought that useless nugget of info would be useful! – Lee Harrison Nov 11 '14 at 12:51

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