Post by pjp
I have an old Optiplex 280 laying about uses a P4 with 3Gb ram in it and
a large enough hard disk plus optical drive reads disks fine. It's
I tried to install Win7 on it, pc rebooted part way thru install before
anything but opeing screen. Not a nice expected boot but hardware fault
type reboot. If left alone it rebooted back into XP without any sign the
install had done anything, e.g. no unexpected folders etc. left hanging
I've tried this now with 3 different Win7 disks, 2 legit one
questionable (:)) and always the same thing.
Any helpfull ideas anyone.
If you have the Win7 license key handy, you can download media
(if Win7 is "retail"). If you use WinXP as the host for the
download, chances are this web page will end up giving a
direct download link, rather than doing it with MediaCreationTool.
If not, there is the Heidoc URL generator, which can trick
the Microsoft server into providing media. The resulting
download file comes from Microsoft.
The Microsoft end must have changed at some point, causing
the developer here to have to re-do parts of the tool. And
it's possible the Office 2007 has just been removed from
Techbench, and that's why it doesn't work.
The URL that the Heidoc thing generates, is created by abusing
some TechBench webpage, using Internet Explorer and the EXE that
Heidoc provides. And once the server has a folder created on it
with the Win7 media, you have 24 hours before the folder is
deleted again, to complete the download. You copy the URL out
of the Heidoc tool, and paste it into the browser of your choice
(as the operation is a simple download at that point).
I presume the machine is memory tested, Prime95 tested, and not
found wanting ? Are there any "bad caps" in the machine ? There's
really no reason for an install to trigger something, so that leaves
some incompatibility of another type as the root cause. Win7 doesn't
have a USB3 driver, but that's not it. The machine is probably too
old to be using UEFI. So that's not it. And I don't think Win7 needs
SSE2 (and the P4 might have that anyway).
Is that machine worth "wasting" a Win7 license ?