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For Those Wondering About the Install Error in Windows 7 Beta

I still have not found out what is causing the issue, but after extensive search and trial and error, I have gotten past Windows 7 Beta to install on my desktop.

By copying the contents of the DVD to a thumb drive I was able to get it to install without throwing the “Windows could not collect information for (OSImage) since the specific image file (install.wim) does not exist” error. Seems a lot of people have gotten this error and the only solution at first was to burn a new disc or use another program to burn the disc and sometimes to use another disc drive. However this only worked for a few people as the disc will install on some machines and not others.

Rumor has it the disc will not run on some older optical drives. I think there is a bug in the image installer however, as the image I used loaded fine on an older laptop (almost 5 years old) but refused to install on a newer, much more powerful desktop that came with Vista Premium.

What ever the case is, copying the contents of the DVD image you get from Microsoft to a hard drive seems to do the trick for a lot of people. It worked for me. Let me know if you have any more information on this irritating issue.

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January 20, 2009 Posted by | Beta, Technology, Windows | , , , | Leave a comment

Windows 7 Beta

Windows 7 is set to be released to public beta January 9th according to the Windows website. I have tinkered around with the pre-beta and it really seems to be a very stable OS so far. I also find that it has some nice features that make it a more well rounded OS then Vista is. In my honest opinion though, Windows 7 should be Vista SP3 and not a new OS. These are the features that should have been in Vista all along. I’m not the first to say this and I won’t be the last I’m sure. However I’m still looking forward to installing the public beta of Windows 7 on my laptop to see how well it performs on older hardware, as well as dual booting on my much more powerful desktop to see all its eye candy. I’ll let you know how it goes with the install and keep you updated on how well the OS handles.

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Beta, Windows | , , , , , , | Leave a comment