Setup Installation :: How To Do Fresh Windows 8 Pro Install On 8.1 System
Mar 29, 2014
I am currently running Windows 8.1 and I want to do a clean install back to Windows 8. I have the original 64-bit Windows 8 Pro DVD. I put this DVD into my DVD drive and rebooted. I then went into the BIOS and made sure the first boot device was set to DVD/CDROM.
When I restart my computer it never gives me the option of booting to the DVD it just takes me back to the Operating System (my login screen).
My question is, how do I get my system to bootup from the Windows 8 Pro DVD so that I can do a fresh install?
So I've ordered a whole new system and am looking to only take the SSD from the old computer, but I want to format it so I can start anew, I've got windows 8 and I'm not sure how I go about activating it on the new system and all that.
I've got the key that I had to use for the first installation, would I just plug that in again? or will it come up with "being used" or something similar?
I decided to make a fresh install with a iso from the download page and use the key that they provide on that same page. Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files - Microsoft Windows. I tried english 64bit...
Running from windows 8 seamed to work but i didnt have 6.8 GB free .. So I go to boot from the iso and format the partition. But got the message saying , the key is invalid ... tried my own genuine windows 8 pro key .. also didn't work.
Bought a Sony Vaio Pro 13 and as per usual with all my new laptops, a fresh install is done.
So on i went armed with my USB with Windows 8 created from an iso file from the microsoft site (i have msdn access).
The iso is a "multiple version" iso which has Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (en-gb_windows_8_x64_dvd_915412.iso)
Normally i would expect at the end of the install for the screen to allow me to enter my serial which in turn actives/deactivates features but for some reason, it has not this time round.
instead, the properties of my computer suggest a serial has already been entered "Current product key" *****-66ABC
Now i know i can "add features" and enter the serial that way but my question is, where is it picking the old serial from? i can only guess that the old serial is the one the laptop came with which is Windows 8 and not Windows 8 Pro.
The install was normal in terms of removing all partitions ( left the windows re and the sony recovery) so is it picking it up from there somehow?
I bought a new laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed (and immediately updated it to 8.1).
I decided after a week to buy an SSD and installed Windows 8.
I now find there is no product key to be found, and can't seem to activate Windows.
1. I've tried a few things. I tried to enable UEFI in PC Settings, but the setting isn't there (does this mean my laptop doesn't support UEFI?) 2. I entered my BIOS. CWM was enabled, and pwe enable. But SECURE BOOT disabled. So I enabled SECURE BOOT, but regardless of what options I select, the laptop keeps booting into the [Legacy] BIOS, possible because there are no BOOT OPTION PRIORITIES found any longer?
My problem is activating windows, and if UEFI is an option, enabling it.
I swapped the HDD with a new blank SSD in T530 and booted it with the recovery USB of windows 8. System boots from the USB and gives refresh, reset, and other options. However, when I select reset ( to fresh isntall the OS on the SSD), it fails saying a required partition is missing. What! I'm using a blank SSD, shouldn't the installer present me with options to format and use the drive rather than erring out?
Is there any better way of installing the windows 8 os on a new blank SSD using the recovery USB?
I do have gParted live USB. If nothing works, I will partition the SSD using gParted and try the Windows 8 recovery USB again.
I bought a new HP x360. As expected it comes with a slow drive loaded to the gills with bloatware. So I planned from the beginning to install a fresh copy of 8.1 on a SSD.
I used a new SSD and without doing too much reading created a bootable usb from the 8.1 upgrade with key link. Unbeknownst to me is that the win 7 machine I used (where I previously created a usb key for win 8 pro) is also a pro install that retained the previous key. It never asked for a key when creating the usb. So I ended up with a pro install on the HP laptop and I could not enable the key associated with the laptop.
Thus I started over. I tried various things to create a non-pro usb and had a lot of problems and tried various things. I ultimately succeeded in creating a x64 core 8.1 usb. Now my challenge is that I cannot see the SSD anymore. Even in diskpart I cannot see the ssd. At some point while the ssd was still available (but my install usb did not work due to wrong key) I ran diskpart with the following:
clean create partition primary select partition 1 active format fs=ntfs assign
Since then I could not see the ssd. I have tried the following:
-Put original disk back in. Install Paragon. Clone install over to ssd. Put ssd back in laptop. "No bootable device found" -Put ssd in win 7. Run diskpart. Clean All. Convert GPT.
It is possible the problem lies in the bois. The model laptop is brand new. I updated the bios (it was 2 versions old). But HP site had no explanation of what changed in bios. I also enabled legacy support.
BTW the only way I can create a bootable usb is with Zotac WinUSB maker. Even with win7 usb maker the drive is not recognized. With Zotac I can enable EFI. If I create the image without EFI the laptop does not see it (again even if legacy support is enabled).
So to summarize; With official 8.1 upgrade image and fresh SSD I could install After that with 8.1 iso and drive cleaned with diskpart I cannot see drive
I tried again with the upgrade win 8.1 with product key and it worked again. Then I again tried with the ISO. But it still will not recognize the ssd. I get "a media driver your computer needs is missing". A common problem for this is using usb3. I tried with usb 3 and 2. When I shift=f10 and list disk I do not see the ssd.
I just purchased a neww 120 intel 520 ssd to load win 8 pro on and here is my question. I loaded win 7 and all updates then used the upgrade dvd I bought for win 8, I was under the impression from what I have read that it was only supposed to use about 20 gigs of the drive mine however is using 33.5 gigs of the 111 that the drive has? All that I can see that it has other than the os is it loaded the most current nvidis drivers for my graphics card but that should not be 13.5 gigs! What did I do wrong on this install and how can I fix it?
My store manager says it can't be done, but I feel there's a way...the problem is of course 8.1 requires different product keys than 8.0 -- where upgrading to 8.1 also changes the product key -- so 8.0 install media won't take 8.1 keys and visa-versa. So when you only have an 8.0 key, you have to first install 8.0 and then upgrade to 8.1; this is a bit weird because 8.1 is essentially a service pack; first "8.1", then "Update 1", what's next for the rebranding of service packs? I can only fathom they did this to cement their new "rapid release" cycle for consumer editions of Windows.
Note: "Easily activate" means not having to call Microsoft to fix the activation.
I just bought a 1TB hard drive and want to install windows 8 on it (since I'm used to it already) I have the files for windows 8 on my computer ready to be put on the new hard drive, but thing is, how would I do it? would I just use a simple USB stick and plug it in? or would i have to burn the files on a disk?
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I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro.
So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro.
However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of bloatware, etc. (In fact, I would like to set up a multi-boot with Win 7, and perhaps even triple boot with Xp as well. (I have installation media and my product keys for XP and 7 though, so those are not really a problem.)
The computer came with no discs at all. There is a procedure to make recovery disks. I may do that, but I think those will be to restore the computer to how it came from the factory, and therefore not usable for a clean install.
I don't see my product key for Win 8 anywhere. Not on the computer, not on any kind of card that came with it, etc.
I looked at the tutorial here for clean install of Windows 8, but it requires an install disc and product key. I have neither, although I am a legal owner of Windows 8.
Is there a way I can create (from my installed Windows 8) a win 8 install disk, that can be used for a clean install? Or a link to download one? Is there a way I can get my product key?
I just got three 320GB Seagate drives setup in RAID 0 for Linux, and I decided to also reinstall Windows 8 on my SSD since it started lagging and running slower than normal. While trying to install Windows 8, right after selecting a disk/partition to install to, I got a BSOD about an error in a nonpaged area or something. When I tried to boot into the installer again, I got a BSOD immediately after the logo splashscreen (too quick to see what it was about).
-I'm booting the Windows 8 installer from a Corsair Survivor 64GB USB3.0 flashdrive. I'm gonna try a dvd with a different iso that I downloaded more recently on my laptop.
I built a computer about a year ago and its run fine until about a month ago when my displays started shutting off and not coming back on. The only way I could get my displays to come back on would be to disconnect both monitors and only plug in the monitor that connects with DVI. Connecting the second monitor would cause both to cut out and sometimes BSOD. It seems the same thing was happening with the on-board video. I finally decided to do a fresh Windows 8.1 install and see if the problem persisted. As soon as the I got up and running again I got a BSOD (before installing any drivers). I then did the following tests.
- Ran memtest for 2 passes (no errors) - Tried my GPU on a different PCI-E slot (Still BSOD) - Tried unplugging the power from the GPU (Still connected to the PCI-E slot, still BSOD)
I was thinking of trying with the video card out completely but it seems the crash is random and I can't reproduce it.
I recently upgraded to an SSD, installing a fresh copy of Win8Pro.
I'm receiving constant BSODs, typically reporting BAD_POOL_HEADER and IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
I've updated every driver I can think of (chipset, lan, usb, audio, video) as well as fully updating in windows update.
Memtest ran overnight finding no errors, and Western Digital's HDD utility reports no hard disk corruption.
I'm thinking either a bad driver, or some hardware failure that I can't nail down. My specs should be listed in my profile, with the addition of a 750w corsair PS and my HDD setup (AHCI, 1 crucial mx100 256gb SSD (primary), 1tb WD blue, and 1tb WD green as data drives).
Crash dumps should be attached, one may have driver verifier enabled.
Also, clean booting seems to be slightly more stable than a regular boot, so there's that.
Attempting to install windows 8.1 fails right at the end (after installing and setting up, reporting 0xC1900101 - 0x2003).
A week ago I did a completely fresh install of Windows 8 64 bit and everything was working great. When I booted up my laptop on Wednesday I noticed it was running terribly slow. When I opened task manager I saw that disk usage was at 100% despite the combined total of data transfer being 0.8MB/s.
The problem occurs constantly if I set my laptop power mode to balanced but only occurs intermittently at high performance. I've run a chkdsk and everything is showing up fine and bizarrely there is no slowdown whatsoever on safe mode.
For the past couple of months, I have been noticing unexpected freezes on Windows 8. Since I have access to MSDN, I decided to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 to see if it solves my problem.
Now, when it freezes, it actually shows me some useful information. BSOD is labled as BAD_POOL_HEADER and I have grabbed the 2 dump files and other info in the zip file attached to this post.
Memtest and Chkdsk show no problems after running both. Memtest did about 6 passes last night without any errors so I know for sure it's not a problem with my RAM. Chkdsk showed no errors after running it in my 8.1 bootable USB so my SSD is fine. I also have the latest Kingston SSD firmware. NVIDIA Graphics card drivers are also updated to support Windows 8.1. Still not sure what's causing it.
I am trying to upgrade from windows 8 pro to windows 8.1 on a samsung laptop. The download completes and installation starts.
After a while the following message appears "you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup"
I am not actually trying to install to a flash drive. I contacted Microsoft and after 5 hours they said that I should connect to the internet with a cable and not by wireless in order to solve the problem (this didn't work of course and I had told them that it was an install problem and not a download problem).
Until very recently i was running Windows 8 with a 240 GB Sandisk SSD as a primary and a 2 TB Western Digital Green HDD as a storage. I decided to set up a RAID 1 setup so i purchased a second 2 TB HDD and installed it.
My intent was to run windows 8 off the 240 SSD as a primary and have a RAID 1 setup for my 2TB HDDs.
I learnt that my data configuration was set to AHCI. I decided to do a complete clean install and change the sata configuration in BIOS to RAID.
After successfully creating a RAID volume using my 2TB HDDs i proceeded to install Windows off my primary. I am however having difficulties in that it will not allow me to install windows on either drive.
So I'm using a late 2012 iMAC running bootcamp with Win 8 64 bit system builder version. I just installed the OS hours ago and have already run into BSOD problems, I was directed to these forums and post before I try to do anything else and cause more issues. Every time my computer powers back up from going to sleep it crashes and gives me a system error for memory exception and shows the file name igdkmd64.sys. Like I said before long time apple user that started using windows again.
Issue solved as of Intel HD Graphics Driver 10.18.10.3345
I get a BSOD with message DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (igdkmd64.sys) shortly after launching any game. The driver is linked to Intel's Integrated Graphics which I have updated with 'Windows 8.1 Ready' drivers. My laptop has a Nvidia dedicated GPU which is what I set games to run with, so I'm not sure why Intel's drivers are failing since using a fresh 8.1 install I have been receiving low memory error messages whilst playing games despite having 16GB of RAM.
I recently installed Windows 8.1 Pro x64 and the correct up to date drivers for my hardware. I experience a BSOD, it doesn't go into the BSOD right away but after 15-30 minutes of use I get the BSOD with the "page fault in nonpaged area" message.
I have attached my debugfiles and hope that someone much brighter than me in deciphering these files can lend me a hand at fixing this issue.
Found out it was my new Panda Cloud Free Antivirus. I deleted the POS and installed something else, now no more BSODs.
-change in registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE -> Change "MediaBootInstall" from "1" to "0"
-type "slmgr /rearm" into a command prompt, waited for confirmation, restart
-after restart, connect to internet, activate
This works fine until rebooting and then asks for activation again.
I have tried three more times without reinstalling and the MediaBootInstall stays at 0 so it doesn't need changing. I type the slmgr /rearm and on reboot when I go to activation menu it says activated, but when I reboot agian it says needs activation.
Not sure what's going on. I thought it was a windows update at first messing with it, but it still does it even without any updates being installed.
My system currently has a blue screen around twice a day from what seems like a driver issue. I have tried driver verifier, swapped out the GPU since I thought most things pointed to that and did a fresh install. The only thing I have left to do is update my motherboard bios. I am questioning if the GPU was even the issue since I still got a crash... Below is the guide to Driver Verifier I used so you can see what steps I took. I am at my wits end and am not to great at pointing out what driver crashed or whats left to do after the OS install.
Driver Verifier-- tracking down a mis-behaving driver.