Setup Installation :: Upgrading From Win 8 To 8.1 Created A New 472MB Partition?

Apr 2, 2014

Before upgrading I had 4 partitions for my UEFI Windows 8 install, the main partition for the system, and the three others it created during install. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 it has reduced the main Windows partition by 472MB and created a new 472MB recovery partition.

I have not yet run any Windows 8.1 updates as the drivers for my laptop are tricky and to make everything work as it should I need to install them before running updates. What I have run is Disk Cleanup, which I had remove the old Windows install.

Is it normal for Windows 8.1 upgrade to create this new recovery partition and is it going to delete it or the old recovery partition and merge it with the main Windows 8.1 partition?

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Setup Installation :: Recovery Partition Created By Windows 8 Install (450MB)

Jan 14, 2013

Windows 8 creates its own hidden recovery partition during the install. In my case, it's 450MB.

I know not to touch this partition, and I'd like to know what's in that partition and how it's used.

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Setup Installation :: Error Upgrading Win7 To Win8 - Try Restarting Setup

Feb 9, 2013

When I run setup I get this message:

"Something happened, We can't tell if your PC is ready to continue installing windows 8. Try restarting setup"

What can I do?

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading 8.0 To 8.1 With ISO

Nov 17, 2013

The method for obtaining a retail Windows 8.1 ISO has been published and re-published. It seems that most people who are interested in the ISO want to use it for a clean install. I respect that, however I want to upgrade my copy of (retail) Windows 8.0 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro.

Can I use the retail Windows 8.1 ISO to upgrade from 8.0 Pro to 8.1 Pro?

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading To Windows 8

Feb 16, 2013

i need to uninstall my kaspersky internet security 2013 before upgrading to windows 8? what i need to prepare of?

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading With DVD Of Windows 8.1?

Feb 5, 2014

I have purchased window 8.1 pro DVD from a retail store please note it is complete windows DVD not an upgrade pack i want to upgrade my window 7 ultimate to win 8.1 pro with this Complete DVD and retail key provided with it, upgrading with this DVD note i don't want to lose any of my data and installed apps which are compatible.

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Setup Installation :: Need To Have Windows 8 For Upgrading To 8.1

May 14, 2014

I have Windows 7. Do I need to install Windows 8 so that I could upgrade to Windows 8.1 or can I directly upgrade to Windows 8.1 using ISO's available?

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Setup Installation :: Migrating / Copying Boot Partition To Another HDD Partition

Jan 30, 2013

I have win 8 pro installed & two HDDs with two partions each , I want to migrate the boot partition to another partition on the second drive .

It would have been easier if i would have just cloned the complete drives but one of the partions on the 2nd drive has data which cannot be deleted .

So I have Drive

1 - Partitions C: ( boot partition ) & D:

Drive 2 - Partitions E: & F:

I want to remove Drive 1 from my PC so i want to copy C: to E: then remove drive 1 & boot from E:

I tried "Easeus todo backup" , did not work, it does not make the copy bootable , to make it bootale the whole drive has to be copied .

I tried making an image of C: using Windows 8 inbuilt backup feature then removed drive 1 , installed Windows 8 on E: then tried restoring the image of C: but i got some error.

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading From Evaluation Version With Old Key

Jul 2, 2014

I recently went through a ton of issues with my lenovo y510p laptop and since it didn't come with a recovery disc, I was forced to reinstall windows 8 through a recovery disc on a usb stick. However, the only one I was able to get was an "evaluation version" of windows, so I've lost my original version of windows 8 after the reinstall. Is there any way to find my old key so that I can upgrade? I've tried a key finder, but it only finds the evaluation key.

Would I have to contact Lenovo to see if they can give me my product key or is there an easier way?

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Setup Installation :: Failure Of Upgrading From Windows 8 To .8.1

Sep 15, 2014

I've tried to upgrade from windows 8 to windows 8.1, but it didn't work. all the steps of downloading and installing through Windows store went well, until the computer restarted and was configuring things then a blue screen appeared showing that the computer ran into a problem, then the procedure to go back to windows 8 started. I'm now working with windows 8. My computer came with windows 8.

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading Win 8 To Pro Version - Need BitLocker

Sep 7, 2013

I have a laptop that has win 8 but not the Pro version.And it apparently does not have Bitlocker on it.

I have the win 8 Pro upgrade software but i think its the full version which i bought for another pc.And the upgrading instructions on the outside of the box talks about upgrading from vista or xp only.I am running win 8.

The only reason I am wanting to upgrade to win 8 Pro is to have Bitlocker.

Is it not possible to install the win 8 Pro OS?

Or is there another way of obtaining Bitlocker?

Its an acer laptop.
The system info says:
The system type is a "x64 based-pc"
Celeron cpu 1017u 1.6 ghz,2 cores,2 logical processors,
Win 8 version is 6.2.9200 build 9200

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading To Win 8 Pro - Process Freezes At 11%

Jan 5, 2013

I have a small computer that is simply used for email, I want to upgrade the system from Vista to Win 8 Pro, I ran the initial upgrade assistant, and it claimed it would work on my system... I bought the upgrade, started the installation (choosing to keep all windows settings and files) and during the actual installation process, it freezes at 11%.

I know that others have asked questions like this, but I don,t have time to do a clean install, can this installation be completed without having to move all of my data from this machine?

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Setup Installation :: COA Change When Upgrading From Windows 8 To 8.1?

Feb 9, 2014

I have been having several issues with Windows 8 (more specifically Windows 8.1).

My Toshiba U845T-S4165 has been dropping WiFi access, switching to "Limited" WiFi status, or cannot connect to my network whatsoever. The most aggravating thing is that this happens at seemingly random times and frequency. I can go a week or two with no issue and then one day I have constant problems where I can't connect after repeated tries. I have trouble-shooted everything I can and have tried some workarounds I found online. I finally contacted Toshiba and all they did was delete my network driver and redownload/reinstall it. That seemed to stabilize the problem for about 8 days or so but now I am having consistent issues.

I have read that many people started experiencing this problem after upgrading to Windows 8.1. While I can't say with absolute certainly that my problems began after upgrading, but they may have. So I am trying to revert to Windows 8. Now this would be a seemingly easy process however ignorantly and stupidly I did not create recovery media after I initially bought the laptop and built-in recovery drive has been, again stupidly, deleted during my upgrade process to 8.1. So in short, I have no recovery media.

I did find a source online that sells Windows 8 downloadable software that I can download, burn to DVD, and then start from scratch. However, I must provide my own COA. I used Belarc Advisor to find my current COA. However, this COA is associated with Windows 8.1. So my ultimate question is: Will this COA work with a Windows 8 recovery media? Did the COA change when I upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1? I don't want to start this process and then get screwed midway through because my COA isn't valid when downgrading.

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading W7 / W8 Dual Boot Machine

Jun 10, 2014

I already have a W7-Windows 8 dual boot machine.I want to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

Are there any major considerations I need to be aware of when upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1? Does the Windows 8.1 upgrade handle and cope with an already dual-booting machine? I don't want to wreck/lose my w7 installation at all.

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading Windows 8 32bit To 64bit?

Mar 18, 2013

I have made a terrible mistake when I installed the Windows 8 90-Day evaluation. I have a 64-bit CPU (AMD 5800K) and 8GB of Ram, and I accidentally installed the 32-Bit version of the trial.

Is there any way I can upgrade without having to do a fresh re-install?

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Setup Installation :: ACER Desktop With Windows 8 Upgrading To 8.1

Apr 5, 2014

Original ACER desktop with Windows 8 and it was upgraded through the Windows Store to Windows 8.1 The upgrade came up with errors "the Secure Boot watermark".

I tried various things suggested to fix the error but was unable to.

I backed up the computer data.

I formatted the drive and installed Windows 8.1 from a thumb drive and it installed correctly without errors.

I was unable to install a Product Key Licence as the computer had it imbedded in the bios and I have no label with the key on the machine.

I should not have to purchase another licence. How do I find the original licence key?

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Cannot Boot Toshiba Laptop Windows 8.1 / Created Duplicate EFI Partition

Dec 25, 2013

I can not boot my Toshiba laptop Windows 8.1 computer after I was attempting to resize partitions. I got in over my head. Now I'm stuck and cannot boot.

I believe the problem is I somehow created a second copy of my EFI partition. Now I have two "system" partitions of the same size.

Cannot boot, but got a command prompt. Ran "bcdedit" and got:

"The boot configuration data store could not be opened.The requested system device cannot be identified due to multiple indistinguishable devices potentially matching the identification criteria."

Other things I uncovered:

Diskpart> list partition
Partition 1 System
Partition 2 System
Partition 3 Reserved
Partition 4 Primary
Partition 5 Recovery
Partition 6 Recovery

(note both partitons 1 & 2 say "System" for type.)

Diskpart> Select Partition 1detail partition * Volume 2 System NTFS Partition 352 MB Healthy Hidden
Diskpart> Select Partition 2detail partition * Volume 3 FAT32 Partition 352 MB Healthy Hidden

I conclude that Partition 1 equates to Volume 2, Partition 2 to Volume 3. However there is no longer a "System" label on Part 2/Vol 3 once drilled down to details. Also its FAT32.

I am hoping/praying that I could "delete" one of the duplicate partitions. But scared to make any such move. Not sure where to go from here.

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Setup Installation :: Windows 8 MAK Upgrading Fails 0x101 0x20017

Oct 22, 2013

I have an asus u43f laptop currently running windows 8 pro with a MAK. I downloaded the 8.1 pro iso from the vlsc , ran the upgrade advisor which flagged 3 items which were taken care of, but the upgrade still fails. after the reboot, I see the frown face, the a message about a driver violation, then it goes back to 8 and spits out that code.

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Setup Installation :: Changing / Upgrading From Linux Ubuntu To Windows 8?

Sep 15, 2014

So I have linux ubuntu on my little homemade computer and finally was able to get a copy of windows 8.1 and how to just get rid of my ubuntu machine and boot windows I'm not trying to dual boot I just want to have windows on my computer finally.

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading Motherboard And Processor - Clean Install Windows 8 Pro

Jan 28, 2013

Right now I have an asus h61-le-CSM motherboard with EFI; it's a little older with a i3 2120 processor. On Friday I'm upgrading to a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H with a i7 processor.

Right now, I have windows 8 installed. I believe I purchased the upgrade version, although the receipt from microsoft in my e-mail has no mention of the word upgrade, it just says Windows 8 Pro. I am going to want to do a clean install with this stuff which I am capable of doing, however I don't know what I need to do to keep Windows. Will I be ok just re-entering my key?

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Setup Installation :: 8.1 Pro - Upgrading Without Loosing Data Or Installed Software Settings

Sep 15, 2014

I want to upgrade windows 7 Pro system to windows 8.1 pro without loosing data or installed software settings.

is there a easy/legal way to this???

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Upgrading To 8.1 When User Folders On Separate Partition

Apr 29, 2014

I read an article saying that some Windows version updates will choke if the user folders are located on a separate partition. Any problems upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 when their user folders on located on a partition other than the c: drive?

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Recovery Partition Showing After Upgrading To Windows 8.1

Aug 8, 2014

I upgraded my new refurbished Dell 15 7000 from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Now, my hidden recovery drives are showing on "My Computer". On Windows 8, they were hidden so the user, or softwares, can't access the partitioned recovery drives.

After upgrading to windows 8.1, they are all visible on "My Computer" and files are be written on them. How can I hide these drives? I am afraid of doing Windows Update or installing Office 365 since they extract the files on a different drive and move them back to C drive.

Dell 15 7000 specs
Windows 8.1 upgraded from Windows 8
Intel i7 4500u
Nvidia 750m GDDR5 2GB
8GB memory
1TB Western Digital HDD
4 USB 3.0 ports

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Setup Installation :: Setup Was Unable To Use Existing System Partition

Oct 17, 2013

Because it does not contain enough free space. Clearly I have enough free space... [URL] ....

What should I do? I want to do a dual boot, so I can keep Windows 7 in case I don't like 8.1...

I formatted and deleted that partition and I tried again with 201gb, and no luck. [URL] ....

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Setup Installation :: Create System Reserved Partition After Installation?

Jun 15, 2014

I'm trying to recreate win 8.1 pro system reserved partition on my ssd. Initially I installed windows on my ssd (c: ) and windows created the sysres partition on my unformatted hd (without telling me anything). After some trouble I managed to be able to boot from ssd directly without going through the sysres partition on the hd. Now if possible I'd like to recreate the sysres on the ssd (by disconnecting my hd so that windows has no other options than creating this on the ssd). If a try a system refresh it tells me it would wipe away all my user installed apps.

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Setup Installation :: (Recovery) Partition In GPT Disk For UEFI Installation?

Jan 28, 2013

Is it possible not to have the partition "recovery"?

Because if you look at the two tutorials:

- UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

- UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

In the tutorial to install Windows 7 in UEFI, there is not that damn partition recovery, while in the tutorial for Windows 8, we can see it.

When I install Windows 7 (MBR mode), I avoid this partition "recovery" by creating a partition with a name before installation. I install the OS on it and everything is fine, no partition "recovery" But here, since one must delete all partitions, If I create a GPT disk with a partitioning tool before installing, is that it might be appropriate?

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Setup Installation :: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / Upgrading To Windows 8 Pro Failed

Jan 15, 2013

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit,i choose upgrade in the installation process of Windows 8 Pro 64 bit,at the end my computer restart 2 times,showing an error with sad smile "" after that it restart again and says that upgrading failed and it revert back to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit...

Today i used Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant (Windows8-UpgradeAssistant.exe) ,it found 4 incompatible programs,are they the cause of fail upgrade

Although during the upgrade the Windows 8 Setup didn't found any incompatible programs..

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Setup Installation :: Upgrading Windows 7 Ultimate To Windows 8 Pro N

Jan 17, 2013

last night I tried to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8 pro N but it said that it cannot be done.

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Setup Installation :: How To Create Recovery Partition On 2nd HDD

Jun 29, 2014

I recently picked up an Asus laptop, a SDD to replace the the laptop's HDD, and a HDD caddy to hold the HDD in place of the CD/DVD drive. After a fresh Win 8.1 install on the SDD, I made system images of both the SDD and the HDD with the Win 8 OEM install (both stored on external drive). I also created a USB recovery drive and then formatted the HDD.

Fast forward a few weeks... It's last Friday. I'm about to leave for a business trip. I boot up my laptop and a screen comes up telling me to "reboot and select proper boot device". I pull the SDD out, hook it up to my desktop, and see that the drive shows up, but it's blank. A little googling turned up a few reviews from other people with the same issue. On rare occasion, it will wipe itself. Using the USB recovery drive and the Win 8.1 system image, I got things up and running again.

Now for my question, instead of constantly carrying around the 2 USB drives holding the recovery and system image, can I create a recovery partition on my HDD that I can boot too if my SDD wipes again? (Could I copy or clone my Recovery USB to a partition on my HDD?) Then I could just keep the SSD system image on the HDD in case I need to restore it, right?

Disk 0: SDD disk that wiped itself
Disk 1: HDD that I'd like to have a recovery partition and system image on

I also have: Win 8 OEM system imageWin 8.1 system imageRecovery USB drive (8.1)Win 8.1 USB Install drive

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Setup Installation :: Boot To Correct Partition?

Sep 15, 2014

Lenovo g505 History - What I did so far, is further down Computer went badly wrong and would not Boot into Windows (belongs to my mates 11 year old) I decided to a Factory Restore it seemed the best Option as my knowledge stops, til now, at Win 7 I did it, but it doesnt Boot into Windows CURRENT I have the HDD connected to another computer which is running Win 7 I can now see that it did indeed do a Restore to the System Partition Pic Shows Disk in Disk Management

Pic shows content of Windows8 Drive

Pic shows content of the Windows8 Windows Folder

PDF of the 3 Pics - easy to read detail

In Disk Management I see 7 Partitions Now I think I understand what the Problem is - ?too many Partitions? But I dont have a clue how to Resolve it correctly My inclination is to Run DiskCheck from Win7 on the HDD but I am not sure if that will work on Windows 8? same with FixBoot if it is Possible? The LENOVO H Drive has 3 Folders with Data in it Lenovo & Drivers & Applications

I did the Restore
took 3 hours
but then said Success
Option to Reboot or Shutdown
Chose Reboot
eventualy Booted to a Windows Pale Blue screen with the Cursor half hour later, the Box came up to start the Restore again I did it, same as above time and Result so this time I chose Shut Down Started - Logo for long time then loading Files and back at the Box to Start Restore again

I have since tried booting with Default Options UEFI and Legacy in the BIOS In the middle of all this, as it is about 4 hours to do the restore.

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Setup Installation :: EFI / UEFI Partition Deleted?

Jul 9, 2013

accidentally i delete my efi partition. now i cannot boot up to windows 8

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