2008 R2 troubles continued, but solved

Once I got the disk portion working, it failed at the 'Copying files' part, got to between 15 and 40%, then gave an error (0x80070750 - files missing). I burned another DVD at 4x speed, same error. I re-downloaded the ISO, checked the SHA-1 hash, and burned another DVD at 4x speed. Same error. I made one of my USB sticks an install disc (http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/bbird/archive/2008/10/01/making-a-usb-stick-bootable-for-vista-or-server-2008.aspx , an excellent post, btw), and STILL the same error.

At this point I was pretty frustrated. There was no way it was install media-related...so back to the basics. I pulled all the expansion cards and did more googling. I came up with someone mentioning that over 4GB of RAM caused their Win7 install to fail. Win7 and 2008 R2 are similar, so I pulled 3 of the 6GB RAM I had installed (2x2,2x1). Bingo!! Installed 100% from there.

Pretty dumb problem...especially since it's an x64-only OS.

The hardware I'm using is most likely the culprit: Asus P5E-VM HDMI with the 0604 BIOS

At any rate...all good now.


  1. Same problem was when I was trying to install the SBS 2011 on a 8GB system with ASUS P5Q.
    Removing my extra 4GB solved it after several hours of trying.....

  2. I have the same problem installing SBS2011 as a virtual machine under Hyper-V 2008R2 SP1 or under VmWare ESX1 4.1. Any solutions ?


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