The issue was the install was not replacing the GRUB loader correctly on the HD, even though the install process should have been…. heres the story and fix.
I replaced a hard drive in a computer, and tried to install windows 7pro 64 on it. The install copied/expanded files and did its thing… however after it rebooted to finish the last piece of the install… i saw the manf. splash screen as expected, then it just went to a black screen blinking cursor… for ever
~~In before you say did you…
-made sure the DVD was out
-rebooted multiple times
-made sure bios boot order was to HD first
-reinstalled OS again, deleting partitions and fresh formatting
-tryed F8 to boot into safe mode after install… nothing
So then I figured out if I hit F12 as prompted to change the boot order I saw the HD, DVD, etc… but also windows boot manager… if I did that it finished the last leg of the install… .but upon further reboots it does the same thing… so overtime I rebooted I had to make sure I hit F12 and select windows boot manager.
Technically thats a fix, but its not very user friendly, especially when you power it up and forget to hit that.. The issue was the GRUB loader on disk was not being overwritten correctly, so I did some more digging on the inter webs and found you can manually scrub the GRUB loader during install, and that worked….
The fix required me to reinstall again… but whatever at this point… what’s one more wipe and install
-boot from DVD/CD and start reinstall of windows process.
-@ the second install window hit Shift+F10 to get cmd prompt
-type the following commands… waiting for each one to complete before you go to the next.
select disk 0 <– if only one drive
I then went through the rest of the install and the fist worked.
Although, i should mention I also did not partition / format the drive this time though. The command above deletes all portions, and this time I just selected the unpartitioned space for the install and let windows auto create the portions it needed .
If your here reading this… hope the fix works for you.