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No drivers recognized in new windows 8 install on SSD!

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    Windows 8

    No drivers recognized in new windows 8 install on SSD!

    So, I got my new alienware 17 r2 two days ago. Since I wanted both a SSD drive and a 7200 rpm hdd (that configuration was not availible) I decided to buy the SSD drive from another place and get the DELL computer with the 7200 1TB hdd.

    When I got my computer I first tried to start it and everything worked fine. All drivers were installed and the system was almost completely up to date and it was ready to upgrade to windows 10. But obviously I want the OS to be installed on my SSD, so I opened my laptop up, put in the SSD and booted the computer from the windows 8 install USB stick that I got.

    I formatted the 7200rpm drive to remove the old windows install, and chose the 500GB SSD as the drive I wanted windows to be installed on. After windows was done installing and I got to the log in screen, I had to chose if I wanted to use "windows 8 on partition 5" or "windows 8 on partition 8". I thougt that maybe just formatting the original hdd wasn't enough to completely remove the old windows install, but decided to deal with that problem later. I chose "partition 8", and it turned out to be the SSD partition and I got logged in to windows. And here is where the real problems start.

    Windows did not recognize any of my hardware, not even my network card so I had no internet access. I was like "wtf", but I used a USB stick to download the network card drivers on another computer and installed them on my new alienware computer. So, now I could go online and I started to update windows. Now I noticed that the "windows 10 update" was gone. I also noticed that windows 8 did not want me to log in to my microsoft account as the previously installed version did. I thought maybe it was a problem with not having the right updates, so I kept on downloadting updates. about 200 updates later, it still did not recognize any hardware, it still did not want me to log in to my account and the windows 10 upgrade was still nowhere to be found.

    I restarted my computer a few times and got annoyed with the fact that you have to chose what partition you want to boot from every time you log in to windows, so I googled the solution and it said that I had to delete the whole 1TB disk partition and plug the disk out of the computer when installed windows to make the SDD partition the primary one.
    I thought that reinstalling windows might help with some of the non-recognizable hardware issues too so I deleted and plugged out the original hd and reinstalled windows with only my SSD connected. This time, windows install said some crap about "installing windows to GPT disks, but it worked fine anyways. After finishing the installation and rebooting windows I did not have to chose which partition to boot from anymore but windows still did not recognize any hardware. I plugged in my hdd and restarted the computer. It kind of froze for a minute on the black alienware screen where you can choose to enter bios, but then it restarted itself and booted windows.
    This is where I am now.

    What have I done wrong? How can windows 8 fail to recognize ANY of my hardware, even after countless of updates? Also, the DELL selfdetect what drivers that needs to be updated does not work either. Sure, I can download all the drivers directly from DELL, but something tells me that I might have to reinstall windows soon again anyways so I wont bother with downloading all the drivers until I've solved the problem with windows acting weird.

    Please help me guys!

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  2. #2

    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2

    Yes if you did not install the Dell version of their OS, there are going to be issues with drivers. Dell should have all of the drivers for Windows 10 up by now for that machine. They may even offer a free Windows 10 version of what came on that unit, if you bought it during the upgrade promise period when they announced it.

    When OEM's were switching from Vista to 7, you could fill out a form at their website and they would send you the upgrade media for the cost of just Shipping & Handling.
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