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When installing windows 8, it boots to a black screen.

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    When installing windows 8, it boots to a black screen.

    Hello all. I am trying to install windows 8.1 on my old windows xp laptop using a bootable USB from the universal USB installer, and when i press f10 on my laptop, and tell it to boot from my USB, it pulls up a black screen with a blinking line(like a terminal). i tried pressing a bunch of keys, and the only one that i got a response from was the enter key, which made a beeping noise. can anyone help me out here? should i use a different program to put the ISO on my USB?

    thanks in advance for your help.

    EDIT: I'm going to try a program that i used a long time ago when the UUI wasn't working called Rufus. I'll let you all know if it works. Also I'll set it to NTFS instead of fat32 and see if that helps.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Windows 8.1 upgrade reboots to black screen of 'nothingness'. - OUC1TOO - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    Error 0xC1900101 ? 0x40017 when installing Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Community

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft Forum Moderator
    Error 0xC1900101 – 0x40017 when installing Windows 8.1


    We understand that many customers are receiving error 0xC1900101 – 0x40017 when installing Windows 8.1. This error is typically caused by an incompatible driver.

    If you are receiving this error:
    First, please double-check the error code. There are many variations of error 0xC1900101, each with a different location code -- the error extension, located after the dash. The information in this thread is intended only for location code 0x40017. If you are receiving a different location code, these steps are unlikely to resolve your issue.

    Check that you’ve already updated all of your drivers. In particular, if you have an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, make sure you’ve installed the latest Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

    Check that you do not have any Frequently Asked Questions - What devices are supported by the SteelSeries Engine? that support the SteelSeries Engine installed on your PC. The SteelSeries Engine software is currently not supported on Windows 8.1. Please uninstall the software before attempting to update to Windows 8.1
    Error 0xC1900101 - 0x30018, Couldn't update to Windows 8.1 Preview - Microsoft Community

    Can't Complete Windows 8.1 Install

    New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 8

    Microsoft confirms some older AMD processors do not support Windows 8.1 - Neowin
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