Setup Installation :: Moved HDD With Windows 8.1 To New CPU / MOBO - Now No Boot

May 11, 2014

I completed build (asrock extreme4 MOBO, I5 4670k,) Using the HDD from an asus prebuilt comp (with an amd A85500 cpu) external boot went well and all hard where works fine. Like a newbie does i didn't research about moving the OS on a hdd. I didn't uninstall drivers or create a repair image or anything at all. Just plugged in the hdd and booted of course now the OS wont boot properly.

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Setup Installation :: Laptop MOBO Failed Transfer W8.1 To New Computer?

Jul 9, 2014

I bought a laptop, specifically the Samsung QX410-J01. The Laptop came pre-installed with Windows 7, and I upgraded to Windows 8 on 10/26/2012. I bought the Windows 8 Pro product key, downloaded, and upgraded to Windows 8.

Just last week my laptops Motherboard failed and my computer would no longer start up. The HDD works just fine though so all my files are safe. I decided I wanted to build my own PC and I am simply waiting on my case to arrive.

My question is I want to use Windows 8 on my new PC. The problem I am facing is I do not know how I am going to install Windows on my new machine. I do not want to purchase a new install disk and license since I have already paid for the OS. I can only think of two options and I am not sure if either of them are right.

1. Plug in my laptops hard drive into the new desktop. Run Windows 8.1 on that and use the new Terabyte hard drive I bought as a second hard drive.

2. Somehow put Windows 8.1 on a flash drive and install it from the flash drive onto the new blank hard drive. Then use the product key that I had purchased to activate the OS onto the new hard drive!

I really do not want to have to purchase Windows again, but if I must I guess I will. I believe there has to be a way I doubt after being a loyal Microsoft customer, switching to Windows Phone recently, and buying an Xbox One, that Microsoft will just say "Too bad, buy it again".

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Setup Installation :: Moved Folder From C To D - All Downloads Going Directly Into Drive

Jul 7, 2014

I wanted to move my DOWNLOADS folder from C:UsersGordonDownloads to D:Downloads. So I opened up PROPERTIES in the C:UsersGordonDownloads folder and used the MOVE tab to send it to D:, but I didn't create a DOWNLOADS folder in the D drive, so now all my downloads go directly into D:

How I can now move my downloads to be saved in D:Downloads and not in D:

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Moved Boot Files To C - Safe To Delete System Reserve Partition?

Nov 12, 2013

I have moved my boot files to the "C" drive using EasyBCD. In so doing, is it now safe to delete the System Reserve Partition? I realize it does no harm the way it is but I have no intention of using Bitlocker and I have a recovery disc. So, to me, it serves no purpose and I'd like to get rid of it.

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Setup Installation :: Windows Boot Manager - Deleted UEFI Boot Option?

Mar 24, 2014

After creating a UEFI bootable USB thumb drive with Rufus (using Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO x64), for a Dell Optiplex 3010 (configured as UEFI only, no CSM, latest firmware version, Windows 8 installed), I didn't see a USB boot option, so I tried to add one manually. Unfortunately I erased the existing boot option (boot manager) by mistake. Although there were two boot options for PXE booting, the machine will not start anymore, even when there is an active WDS server on the network.

I also see Led's 2 and 3 lighting up, meaning according to the manual 'hardware ok but bios possibly damaged/corrupt'.

I understand I cannot start the machine from a bios boot disk because of GPT partitioning, and the UEFI USB boot disk I made might be corrupt (as it didn't show up as a boot option), however I don't understand why it won't boot from the PXE network card, as these boot options are still there.

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Setup Installation :: GPT Win 8 Dual Boot Installation Killed Win 7 MBR Boot Opt

Feb 2, 2014

I've had Win 7 Pro on my laptop for over a year. I installed a 2nd hard drive to it recently and today I installed Windows 8 Pro on the 2nd hard drive. It's been a roller coaster of good & bad luck.

The first install went fine, until I tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows store, then things went bad and I had to go into Windows 7 and eventually delete the Windows 8 volume and change it from MBR to GPT because of UEFI (no secure boot enabled). What a stretch of error messages telling me I can't install Windows 8 on the blank hard drive because it was or wasn't MBR or GPT, or the automagically made partitions weren't in the right order.

After spending over 7 hours twice in a row installing Windows 8, I finally find out that there's no boot option for Windows 7 anymore.

The only clue I have is to use a Windows 7 repair disk and use diskpart.exe and make the Win 7 drive "active" but that's a little foreign to me at this point.

I'm looking in Computer Management / Disk Management from within Windows 8.

Disk 0: SYSTEM D: 438 MB NTFS (lengthened from 199 MB with EaseUS because Acronis 2014 thought it too small while crashing), Healthy (Active, Primary Partition); Win 7 E: 930.98 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition); HP_TOOLS F: 102 MB FAT 32 Healthy (Primary Partition)

Disk 1: 300 MB Healthy (Recovery Partition) {no letter}; 100 MB Healthy (EFI System Partition) {no letter}; C: 931.00 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

And several other external disks which don't deserve mention today.

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Setup Installation :: Recover Legacy Boot And Remove Old Entries From UEFI Boot

Aug 21, 2013

First, some context: I have a Dell Inspiron 15R SE that came with Windows 8.

I've managed to get a working dual-boot system with Ubuntu 12.10. I can't remember exactly how I done that, but I remember that I had to disable secure boot. I think that the boot configuration those days was:

Secure boot: DisabledLoad legacy option rom: EnabledBoot list option: Legacy

This "configuration" worked perfectly for 6-7 months.

Then, one day (last week, can't remember the exact day), when I was using Windows 8 the computer crashed. I hard-rebooted and got this screen:

After executed boot-repair from a Ubuntu LiveCD dozens of times I've decided to eliminate Ubuntu temporarily and focus to get a system with Windows 8 working nice.

Then I used my recovery DVDs to recover the system. Yup, Windows has booted. But when I restarted first time I got the same error. Then I, digging a solution, pressed F12 after a reboot and got here:

The highlighted option allows me to boot into Windows 8. So I went to boot options (F2) and changed the following configuration:

Load legacy option rom: DisabledBoot list option: UEFI

Now I can boot directly to Windows without need to press F12.

But my objective isn't complete. I want to erase all Ubuntu entries from the seconds image and restore the legacy boot from the first imagem (because they worked before).

I did two things:

I erased all partitions related to Ubuntu (root partition and home partition).I created a Windows recovery disk (not a system recovery disk).

I used the recovery disk to run the automatic recovery procedure (I forgot the exactly name). I've runned it at least 10 times with no success. Then I went to command prompt to try the famous triad: bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot and bootrec /rebuildbcd. Still, no solution.

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Setup Installation :: Add Boot Menu At Start For Blue Dual Boot

Jun 28, 2013

I have installed Blue 8.1 on a separate drive in my system along side 8.0. When I restart the 8.0 boots unless I manually select the 8.1 drive in bios. How can I alter the Boot menu to add the option to boot from either OS?

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Setup Installation :: Artificial Dual Boot - Mount Both SSDs In HP Case And Switch To Either One At Boot?

Feb 18, 2013

Late last Fall I bought a new Desktop, an HP H81414, with Windows 8 installed with the intention of installing Windows 7 on an SSD. I migrated Window 8 to an SSD, removed that from the system, installed new SSD and put Windows 7 on it. Both worked fine. I wound up with 2 SSD's. capable of running on the EFI BIOS machine with Secure Boot turned off. I later bought a new laptop with Windows 8. I found the Win 8 with Classic Shell to be very acceptable.

What I would like to do now ,if possible, is to mount both SSD's in the HP case and switch to either one of them at boot.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Boot - Removed Old HD Now No Boot At All

Apr 28, 2014

I had windows 7 running on my computer. When windows 8 came out I used a second harddrive as the windows 8 installation drive. Windows 8 automatically setup a dual boot system where every time I started the computer it took me a windows screen where I could select either windows 7 or windows 8. This has been going on since Windows 8 was released.

I decided it was getting old so I decided it was time to remove the old windows 7 harddrive. I tried doing it inside the windows 8 dual boot screen but could not find an option. So I decided to reformat the windows 7 harddrive. I did this in command prompt mode. After doing so when my computer restarted it said it could not find any harddrive to boot. Windows 8 is installed on the other harddrive, the one that was not reformatted. So how do I get it to start using that harddrive as the boot drive? I checked my bios and even physically disconnected the old HD that had windows 7 on it, but none of that seemed to work even though the Windows 8 HD is definitely in the boot order in the bios.

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Setup Installation :: Cannot Presented UEFI Setup Option In Boot Selection

Jan 6, 2013

Here: [URL] .....

Somewhere in that link it says:

During POST enter "BIOS Boot Selector Menu" by pressing F7.

Intel says: <F7> No uefi setup option in boot selection
Others say: <F8> No uefi setup option in boot selection
I say: <F12> No uefi setup option in boot selection

Lenovo Z580, my brand new laptop that is, its UEFI based and vymrdal's ISO from MSDN is also created to be installed as an UEFI Install.

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Setup Installation :: HP Envy 17 - Win 8.1 And 7 Dual Boot / Continue Installation Not Found

Apr 4, 2014

I get as far as " a driver is needed to continue installation" not found, make sure its on the right media. Here is what i got done on my own..

1- BIOS setting "legacy" and U E F I" boot from USB.
2- F 9 to choose boot order.. selected USB device
3- Installation starts for WIN 7
4- Driver is needed to continue, and i have no clue what it is..some one pointed me to . f 6 f l p y-x 64 because its an HP Envy...
5- Driver not found / wrong driver..
6- Shut down restart.......................

My DVD is Windows 7 ultimate X 32, X 64..

No matter what i cant boot form my USB /U E Fl /WIN 7 pen drive.seems like its not recognized or drivers for the USB chip set not installed.. Of course using the O E M DVD of win 7 fails. because of the G P T style.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Boot Setup With Windows 7 - HP Envy With Windows 8 Preinstalled

Jan 27, 2013

I have an HP Envy with Windows 8 pre-installed. I am trying to do a dual boot setup with windows 7, as some of the software I use daily, is not compatible with Windows 8. The new software has yet to be released, and will not run in any compatibility modes.

Knowing this is beating a dead horse, I have searched for hours, and have gotten some of the pre-req stuff done ie: created virtual drive 20gb, initialized it, turned UEFI Mode/Secure Boot OFF, etc.

I can see the vhd, but when I try to load win7, the vhd is not visible. When I exit win7 install, and Windows 8 reboots, I can no longer see the vhd.

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Dec 3, 2011

I cannot boot Windows 8 without the DVD but I'm thinking its not Windows 8 and the bootloader its my motherboard along with the IDE 2nd hard drive (BIOS settings?). I get a message about my secondary maxtor IDE drive upon boot up. It says something like choose the following 1) FD No Emulation system HD00 2) FD No Emulation system HD00 2). It doesn't stay there too long it defaults to 1) and then says press any key to boot to DVD... then it boots up to Windows 8. However, if I do not have the Windows 8 DVD in the IDE DVD drive it will not boot it just flashes the "_" underscore and hangs. If the DVD is in the drive it works.

Gparted partition tools shows the correct boot flag. I'm not sure about the Fdisk status of the partition table maybe that will be next. I'm wondering if I should try the bootrec /fixboot command but concerned about having to start from scratch again.

Kingston Memory KHX1600C9DX2K2/8GX Hyper x Gray 2X4GB (8GB)
Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX12V
AMD X4 970 black edition
No video card yet
Western Digital 160 GB sata (Not a Raid just a default setup)
Maxtor 160GB IDE
Phillips DVD 16x IDE writer.
Standard DVI monitor & cable
Antec 300 case.

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Setup Installation :: Cannot Boot To Windows XP CD

Oct 13, 2013

I have an external hard drive that I formatted to install Windows XP on. However, when I try to boot from the disk it just skips it and boots to Windows 8. I have tried going into the BIOS and putting the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device, and I also tried disabling secure boot, but neither of these worked.

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Setup Installation :: Cannot Boot From Windows 8 X64 Disc?

Feb 20, 2014

I have Windows 8 x64 preinstalled on my Toshiba Laptop. I created a startup disk (DVD) but i cannot boot from the DVD/CD Drive. I set my BIOS to boot from my DVD Drive but i think the problem may be my autoplay settings from DVD Drive. I just don't know how to set them up. the Disk is fine it is not scratched or anything. I don't know how to set up my media devices especially optical so that i can boot from the DVD Drive!

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Setup Installation :: Windows 8 Boot Error Bcd

Jan 11, 2013

I have windows 8 installed from dvd and after a restart the pc won't boot anymore. It tells me:

Your pc needs to be repaired. The required boot configuration data file is missing some required information.
File bootbcd
Error code 0xc0000034

So I tried to rebuilt the bcd, used the bootrec commands , tried auto repair, tried system recovery but nothing seems to work.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Boot With Windows 7?

Jan 5, 2013

just want to check that i can duel boot win 8? in short unplug my win 7 drive and install win 8 on a separate new drive. plug back in and choose between 7 or 8.

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Setup Installation :: How To Dual Boot Windows 8 And Xp

Jul 13, 2014

So I have a Toshiba laptop with win 8 preinstalled in it I want to dual boot it with win XP However I managed to boot to the CD after some research but when I reach to installing win xp to my virtual partition I can't seem to find it I just see my HDD as one without a partition... what can I do?

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Setup Installation :: PC Won't Boot After Trying To Downgrade To Windows 7?

Nov 23, 2012

I got my new PC and wanted to downgrade to Windows 7 since it was running Windows 8 and I found it unbareable. It didnt let me run the USB on any of the advanced menus so I tried just overinstalling it so I could go back to the old menu and try it like that (windows 8 never showed the company logo when booting up, it just was a black screen til pop! it was fully loaded) so I just ran it off my USB on my computer (bootable usb) and then it went through normal installation and expanded files and wanted a pc restart. After restart it wont show up anything on my monitor... the keyboard lights up and works for a little bit. The pc runs for like a minute or 2 and then restarts when i guess it cant find the monitor signal. I installed it on the windows C: partition but not deleted or overwrited the recovery one by default.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Boot Windows 8 On New SSD?

Mar 6, 2013

Dual boot... I installed a new SSD and want to install a clean copy of Windows 8 Pro 64 bit on it while retaining Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on my existing HHD. I have an upgrade copy of Windows 8. Will I be able to dual boot with this set-up?

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Setup Installation :: Deleting Windows 7 From Dual Boot

Jan 4, 2013

I have both 7 and 8 installed in a dual boot system and have now decided that I no longer need Windows 7.

I have read and re-read the tutorial on removing Windows 7 so I am very familiar with the method however, it does not work for me. In disk manager I select the partition to be deleted and right click on it as instructed in the tutorial. In the drop down menu the option to "delete volume" is greyed out and not available so I am stuck.

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Setup Installation :: How To Dual Boot Windows 8 And Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Oct 12, 2013

How come the thread has been marked solved?

There are several videos on youtube explaining how, here is just one:

How to Install Ubuntu 12.04 to Dual boot alongside Windows 8 - YouTube

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I have a sony vaio vpcyb3v1e. I have windows 8.1 installed and i tried using a bootable usb to install as multi boot, the xp black edition on a separate partition. After doing that i couldn't be able to login in the windows 8.1 OS. I got the message Load needed DLLS for kernel.

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Feb 2, 2014

I want to disable secure boot so i can use my new gpu but I've heard that you must disable secure boot and enable legacy boot. If I do this, can i still boot Windows 8 or do you have to reinstall windows 8?

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Setup Installation :: Add Boot Option After Windows 8 Install?

Jan 15, 2013

I've seen all the tips on setting up a dual boot while installing Win 8 with an existing win 7 installation but I can't find any way to add a boot option AFTER installing win 8.I have an image of win 7 that I want to put on another hard drive and then be able to dual boot either 8 or 7.

I tried using easybcd and it appeared to save the entry but it wasn't there when I booted up.

On a side note I also can't seem to change the timeout value before it boots. It always reverts to 30 seconds. I tried msconfig with the same results.

I do have an added boot menu for a recovery via Farstone recovery. It added it to the win 8 boot menu so it must be possible to add the win 7 somehow.

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Setup Installation :: Windows 8 Boot Menu Not Showing?

Aug 17, 2013

So I am here trying to downgrade my Windows 8 laptop to Windows 7. (It is an ASUS X55U by the way)

Every time I go to advanced startup settings it doesn't show the troubleshoot option, only the Continue and Turn Off Your PC options. I've tried everything and the option won't appear.

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Setup Installation :: How To Install Windows 7 As Dual Boot

Sep 12, 2013

I have a question on the best way to install Windows 7 as a dual boot on an existing Windows 8 installation on a new Asus Laptop. Most of the tutorials I've seen assume the pre-existing installation is Windows 7, and say that Windows 7 needs to be installed first, not an option when your Windows 8 comes pre-installed.

I have an Asus F75, and here is the partitioning:
1. 300 MB EFI System Partition, FAT32
2. 900 MB NTFS Recovery Partition (would seem to be the MS Reserved partition, is that correct?)
3. 279 GB NTFS OS Partition
4. 398 GB NTFS Data Partition
5. 20 GB NTFS Recovery Partition

It sounds like after installing Windows 7, the boot menu will be the Win7 text boot selection menu if you use that as the default OS, which is what I plan on doing, so I believe there isn't anything I need to do to that, is that correct?

I have turned of Fast Boot in Windows 8, and disabled Secure Boot in the system BIOS.

What should I do about the existing Data partition, which will be the Win7 partition. Should I:

a. Leave that intact and simply install Win7 to it, or
b. Delete the partition, install Win7 and allow the install to manage the unallocated space?

Do I have any other considerations other than collecting all the Win 7 drivers for the laptop (which I have already done)?

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Feb 8, 2013

Since I installed Ubuntu onto my computer, I couldn't boot the Windows 8. I tried installation DVD to repair, but it didn't work. I tried these solutions; solution1, solution2, none of them worked either. I tried refreshing, it stopped at 37%.

When I use diskpart to list partitions from command prompt via the installation DVD, I chose the right partition, but I couldn't activate it.

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Aug 14, 2014

Before, my PC was setup like this:

- disk0: windows xp
- disk1: windows 7
Bios boot priority set to disk1.

So no boot loaders, when I (rarely) need xp, I would switch via bios

Now I wanted to try Windows 8, so I've

- download 'Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation' and burnt on a dvd

- bought and connected a new disk (disk2)

- boot from dvd, installed choosing the new disk2

Now, everything works fine, Windows 8 got installed on disk2. But the strange thing is this:

- if, from bios, I choose disk2, it says the disk is not bootable

- choosing disk1, a boot loader shows up, letting me choose between win7 and Windows 8.1

(- choosing disk0, nothing has changed, xp starts like before)

So, I'm confused. I was expecting Windows 8 booting from the new disk2.

- why disk2 doesn't boot?

- would have been better physically disconnecting disk0 and disk1 before installing?

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Mar 13, 2013

Laptop: ASUS UX31A-DB71, latest BIOS: 218

Originally my laptop came with Windows 7 and when i looked at disk management my disks were formatted with UEFI schema. One of my friend gave me a UEFI bootable USB drive loaded with Windows 8. So, i thought why not give it a try. So, I created a backup of my OEM Windows 7 and saved the iso files in a seperate external HD (created twice just to be sure . Now, i decided to load the Windows 8. Booted into the BIOS and there is an option to select the USB drive along with the UEFI option for that USB drive. I selected the UEFI option but some reason it does not boot into UEFI.

So I decided to select the standard USB install and this option let me install windows 8. In the process of installing i formatted the partitions and made a single partition and installed Windows 8 on it. I am guessing now the drive is not GPT but MBR. I also noticed that his installation USB disk had an option to select either 32bit or 64bit of Windows 8... Would Microsoft create a same iso file with both versions? I am guessing he created the USB from a illegitimate source.

I am planning on purchasing Windows 8 Pro version as an iso but wanted to be confident that it would work with UEFI architecture.

1. Why would the system NOT boot from UEFI?
2. If I download the legitimate iso from Microsoft and wanted to install Window8 Pro via UEFI, I am sure i would have to format my SSD to GPT and how would i go about formatting it during installation?
3. How would i create a recoverable USB for my iso image i created for Windows 7 via ASUS AI Recovery. Do I need to follow the same procedure as stated in creating bootable USB disk (i.e. FAT32 system) via diskpart utility?

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