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Tried Installing On My Spare Drive - Total Disaster

  1. #1

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    Tried Installing On My Spare Drive - Total Disaster - Black Screen

    I downloaded the ISO from Technet and burned it to a DVD-RW using ImgBurn, no problem there. I then booted from it hoping that the normal process would happen, it would install where I tell it to (Drive N:) and eventually I would end up with a choice of OS's at boot. I have EasyBCD installed by the way, thank goodness or I wouldn't be typing this.

    The install started quite normally and it offered me the choice of drives and I input language and a key then after a few moments it went through the usual loading files, expanding etc., rebooted, then I spent a few minutes looking at the fish it said that it was installing drivers and the screen went dark, although I still had a cursor. It stayed that way for 34 minutes at which I tried to abort by clicking escape or Pause/break, nada, so powered down & took out the DVD. It refused to boot into anything but the W8 Installer and kept asking me to chkdsk on every single hard drive as the installation had failed. I then went into the BIOS and made the 1st hard drive the 1st boot device and unplugged my 3rd hard drive that was going to be Win8.

    After a lot of juggling and cajoling I managed to get into my main OS Vista and am now 'cleaning' (chkdsk /r) the various partitions using an elevated Command Prompt because Windows insisted I do. I also got rid of the Win8 boot entry & cleared the temporary installation files and hopefully that will be the end of that.

    My question I guess is, should I have waited longer....?? I've never, ever seen an OS installer go black screen for that length of time. There was absolutely no HDD activity during that time either, as if it was waiting for me to do something....but what? I couldn't see anything on the screen apart from the cursor.

    Now I am stumped as to what to do next or just abandon Win 8 altogether. I found the VM alternative too restrictive and the smaller screen a strain on my eyes hence the idea to install directly onto a HDD.

    I'm trying to research this on the web and came across two interesting thoughts. One was that perhaps Windows thought Monitor 2 was the default on the graphics that case here it would have been my TV. I never thought of turning it on to see.
    I would kick myself if that was the case because I could easily have fixed that. Lesson learned ....perhaps... I will unplug the TV next time I try, if I try.

    The other was the thought that Windows 8 didn't have a graphics driver at all and there's some fiddle one can do on that by putting an unattend.xml (may have that wrong) or some-such file in the root of a flash drive and then unzipping the appropriate video driver to it and plugging it in during installation. I have no idea how to do that and I see online that others haven't either. The only plus side here is that the latest nVidia drivers are Win 8 compatible.

    Addendum: It just occurred to me...I hope I tried the right version:
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    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 04 Mar 2012 at 09:22.

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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    Well I finally got Windows 8 to install from a fresh download, expanded it to the Desktop to a special folder. I installed it successfully from within my Vista main partition by clicking setup.exe in the Sources folder - that gives you the choice of an upgrade or advanced options, such as install on another partition, which is what I wanted to do. Took only a short while and all was done. That way I preserved all my drive letters over all my systems.
    I think 2 factors made me screw up before. One was possibly corrupted files from transferring the ISO from one partition to another (only for convenience), although that shouldn't have corrupted anything. The second factor was I now think my initial installation may have been successful after all although I will never know. All that may have been wrong was that the graphics adapter had decided to pick my 2nd monitor rather than my main one. The second one is my TV. It never occurred to me to turn it on and look. I could be wrong there of course.

    Thanks to EasyBCD 2.2 Beta I now have the regular multi-boot menu and am much happier than I was!!
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    Windows 8.1

    Hi, Ex_Brit. Do you mean start by opening the ISO file from the running OS?
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    Yes I expanded the ISO file to a folder on my desktop, then went into the Sources folder and click the setup.exe there. As per the Dual-Boot Tutorial section 6.

    The reason I do it that way is that it preserves the drive letters as they are.
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