Windows 7 hanging at blue splash screen?

2009 October 24
by Colin

Windows 7 seemed to be stopping or hanging at the blue splash screen during installation this evening. Here’s the solution I found.

Unplug all peripherals except PS/2 mouse and keyboard.

Go into BIOS. Disable “USB controller.”

Remove/disable video card if you are bypassing the on-board graphics.

Boot the install disk.

Wait.

Wait.

Wait. (Seriously, like 15 minutes).

Follow install.

Reset everything back to “normal” following the installation. Apparently Windows 7 is having trouble with the drivers during installation, but does a reasonably good job downloading them afterwards.

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