Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Windows 7 | Error Code 5 - cannot boot from disk

Problem:
Booting from a Windows 7 DVD in a machine that most likely is using an ASRock/MSI Motherboard, throws "Cannot boot from disk: Error code 5"

Reason:
Some motherboards are not compatible with Microsoft's boot sector used in Windows 7 install disc

Solution:
There are two ways of overcoming this:
- Boot up from a Vista DVD, bypass language selection, chose repair, and open a command line, then switch to W7 DVD and enter "setup"Link

- Record a new W7 DVD with specific Motherboard

http://www.unawave.de/windows-7-tipps/code5-error.html?lang=EN

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