Windows 7 error message: Windows could not complete the installation…

Posted by on September 8, 2012 at 7:38 am.

Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation.

This is definitely not a message you want to receive when you’re doing a new install…

But it’s what I encountered a few days ago when I chose to reinstall Windows 7 64 without losing my data.

What worked was shutting down the computer, and holding down Alt and F10 as soon as the computers power was back… I kept holding it down those keys until It brought me back to the reinstall menu. Depending on your computer you might have to use a different F key… but it’s worth a shot if it fixes the problem.

Ultimately I had to wipe out all the data since attempting to save the data brought the same error message again. I wasn’t too worried. I always back up my important files to another source (a external hard drive, and something else in my case) and so should you — if you aren’t already.

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