Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How to fix windows 7 install stuck at step "Finalizing your settings"

While trying to install windows 7 on my shiny Macbook, after the whole ordeal i had went through (See here and here for more details), I finally had the install going and was at the last step.
By last step I mean my computer had already rebooted several times, went through "Setting up your computer for first time use", and was at the step "Finalizing your settings".
Unfortunatly this last step took forever. By Forever i mean, after leaving my computer at it the whole night, was still stuck there in the morning.

After a bit of investigation on Mr Google, i found out that you can start a console by pressing "Shift-F10". I then typed:
tasklist /v | more

Image Name                     PID Session Name        Session#    Mem Usage Status          User Name                                              CPU Time Window Title                                                            
========================= ======== ================ =========== ============ =============== ================================================== ============ ========================================================================
System Idle Process              0 Services                   0         24 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                    13:03:01 N/A                                                                     
System                           4 Services                   0        500 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                     0:00:27 N/A                                                                     
svchost.exe                   1840 Services                   0      1,908 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE                              0:00:00 N/A                                                                     
SearchIndexer.exe              752 Services                   0     10,956 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                     0:00:03 N/A                                                                     
cmd.exe                       1176 Console                    1      7,372 K Running         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                     0:00:00 \sources\$oem$\post\kb890830-x86.exe                                    
conhost.exe                   1244 Console                    1      1,392 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                     0:00:00 N/A                                                                     
svchost.exe                    240 Services                   0      2,020 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE                              0:00:00 N/A                                                                     
svchost.exe                   1956 Services                   0      5,828 K Unknown         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                     0:00:00 N/A                                                                     
cmd.exe                       3816 Console                    1      2,672 K Running         NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM                                     0:00:00 Administrator: C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe - tasklist  /v
And there I saw this KB installer which didn't seem to be doing anything. So i simply killed it with "taskkill /PID 1176"

And tadam, the computer finally finished installed.

That concludes this 3 parts guide ( part 1 and part 2 here) on how to install Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro circa 2009 with bootcamp 4.0.1.

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