Painfully slow Windows 7 Install

Here's one for you. Just finished putting together a new system with the following parts:

1 x AMD ATHLON X2 Dual Core 5050e Energy Efficient CPU, 2.6GHz (45W)
1 x Samsung 1TB F2 HD103SI HDD EcoGreen, 32MB Cache, SATA II 3.0Gbps
1 x Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H MB-AMD785G/SB710chipset
1 x Thermaltake SD200 with 270WTT FTX PSU- Mirco ATX Case

Connected all the wires, turned it on and started installing Windows 7 RTM x86 from a USB stick. The installer was running very, very slow!

After the initial black screen with the white bar loading down the bottom it would go to the installer background with the mouse cursor visable and movable, but nothing else on screen. It would take 5 to 10 minutes for the Language/Region dialog box to finally appear. After selecting the language and clicking Ok, it again went to the background screen and was showing nothing for a couple of minutes.

I restarted a few times, changed the HDD from AHCI to IDE and back, etc. but the installer kept acting like a turtle. This was definitely not normal Windows 7 installation behavior.

Did a Google search and came across this post. A bunch of different users describing the same behavior with new rigs and Windows 7 or Vista. The solution? Disable floppy disk support in the BIOS.

So off I go to my BIOS and change anything to do with floppy to either 'none' or 'disabled' or whatever (my system didn't even have a floppy). I then loaded the Windows 7 installer again, and even though the initial black screen took the same amount of time to load, after that is was smooth sailing. All the setup dialogs loaded instantly and installer completed smoothly (I also turned AHCI back on).

Moral of the story: if you ever experience an unusually slow Windows 7/Vista install, try disabling all references to floppy drives in the BIOS. Leave a comment if it works!


  1. Superb! Many thank!

    Three hours ago I started building a new system based on a Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H motherboard. I've spent the last two hours tweaking the BIOS, running memory tests and feeling depressed that there must be something wrong with the nice new kit I've just bought because Win 7 installer was running like a snail. Disabled the floppy in the BIOS and now I'm half way through installing Win 7. Stupid computers! Thanks again! Tim

  2. FYI,

    I had the same type of behavior with an Intel DP965LT motherboard and Q6600 CPU. In my case, disabling the Floppy controller didn't help at all. I downloaded and installed the latest BIOS for the motherboard and then it screamed through the Windows 7 install!

  3. Spot on! I had the same problem with my new Gigabyte EX58-UD5. Once I disabled Floppy Drive support in the BIOS the Windows 7 set up worked perfectly and faster

  4. I have 2 older jmicron ssd's that would drop out of my GA-MA785GM-US2H on install.. very frustrating, this setting fixed it. Thanks!
    I think from now on I'm sticking to Asus..

  5. I've been jumping through all sorts of hoops with AV config, driver updates et al and finally, a new nVidya serial ATA driver did the trick. DVD read/write any kind of disk goes like a train. Just hope I'm not tempting fate and it screws up again next week...

  6. Brilliant! Thanks - I tried everything I could think of except disabling the floppy. Works Fine

  7. Yep add another Gigabyte MA785GT-UD2H user to the list of people that this fix has helped. Good find.

  8. Thank you! This solved the slow Win7 installer problem on a Gigabyte G41 motherboard.

  9. You sir, are a gentleman! Sitting at a clients house, cursing the gods and Google points your post out. *bows* *mumbled about stupid floppy drive setting*

  10. I have a Gigabyte z68ma-d2h-b3 BIOS version F8 and I can't seem to find any setting related to floppy in the BIOS.There isn't even a physical port in the motherboard to connect a floppy. I've already disabled the com port and Windows 7 (x64) installer is slow. I've also tried changing AHCI to IDE and back and it's always the same.
    I have not used the Sata III ports and have the HDD where I want to install in first Sata II port. I really don't know what to do next.

    My Setup:

    1 x Intel Core i7 2600k
    1 x Gigabyte z68ma-d2h-b3 BIOS F8
    4 x 4Gb Adata DDR3 Non-ECC 1333Mhz RAM
    1 x 3.5" WD Caviar Green 7200rm 750gb Sata II (Intended for Dual boot Windows/Linux)
    1 x 2.5" Seagate 7200rpm 100Gb Sata I (Intended for MAC OS X install)
    1 x 3.5" Hitachi Ultrastar 2Tb 7200rmp 64mb Sata III (storage)
    1 x Samsung DVD burner Sata drive

  11. Thanks for the tip. If you're still having problems after disabling the Floppy drive, also try taking out ANY IDE device you don't need, or can do without during install, such as a soundcard, wireless network IDE card etc. and also take out ANY usb device you don't need except keyboard and mouse.

    My problem was an IDE wifi card, which I don't use anyway. Also disabled floppy and took out cardreader and usb wireless headset dongle, and now I've installed Win7 in 20 minutes.

  12. I'm a computer tech and I've literally done hundreds of installs but have never experienced a slow install like this. So I eliminated the usual suspects and still nothing worked. Trusty Google search lead me here and voila...I disabled anything to do with the floppy and the install flew!!!

    Thanks so much for this post, I can stop pulling my hair out

  13. Thanks dude! Win 7 and win 8 has been doing this same thing on same board. Only now, 3 or 4 years later, have I looked into it lol. And it workee. There are two options in the bios. Disable the floppy drive and set the other floppy drive option above it to NONE. Thanks again


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