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I'm Really Getting Frustrated (winload.exe error) Please Help...

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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I'm Really Getting Frustrated (winload.exe error) Please Help...


    I currently have Win 7 Ultimate x64 on my rig, and have acquired Win 8 Pro x64. I've tried too many times now using the Win 7 USB/DVD Tool to create both a USB and DVD to boot and install Win 8. Whatever media I'm using at the time boots into installation just fine, but after the first initial restart during installation, I get hit with the missing winload.exe error (0xc0000428) and flashing screens when I tap any corresponding keys. I have to go back to reinstalling my Win 7. I've tried upgrading over 7, formatting to a clean install, not formatting to a clean install, used both USB and DVD media.. I just don't even know what to do anymore. Should I just try some burning software at a really slow speed and see if that helps? If so, what brand? (I can never seem to find any bootable image files for making the disc bootable, so if you could point me in the right direction...) Also, how in the world do I go about fixing this error? Thanks so much in advance.

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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    That error indicates that Windows cannot verify the signature used to sign that file, and treats the source as untrusted (and thus won't boot). This would indicate that however you acquired your Windows 8 media, the media is corrupt in some way (either you downloaded it and the CRC / MD5 doesn't match, or the file copy to the USB key is failing). I'd start by checking the ISO you originally received with the MD5 sums for working media to see if they match.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Thanks for your reply. Could you give a little explaination as to how I would go about checking for the criteria you've described above?
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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Certainly - where specifically did you get your Windows 8 ISO, and what specifically is the file name (the full name of the ISO file)? That'll help us start.
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    Sofia
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    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Could you also post a screenshot of Disk Management and also run this command:
    diskpart
    then
    list disk
    and copy output of command to your response.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    Certainly - where specifically did you get your Windows 8 ISO, and what specifically is the file name (the full name of the ISO file)? That'll help us start.
    A friend of mine works at an electronics store and I received the ISO on a USB from them. They told me it indeed does work as they've used it themselves. The ISO includes both x86 and x64 versions of Win 8. The USB isn't bootable, just a way to store it for burning. The complete name for the ISO is "en_windows_8_x64_x86_aio". I just can't even understand as to why it doesn't work for me. From what I gather, success has been reached with burning to a DVD through programs like Imgburn, but I've only so far used the Win 7 USB/DVD tool. My confusion came from not exactly knowing how to create a proper bootable DVD, like knowing what boot images to use for this installation. I wonder if maybe using that tool rather than burning is causing the issue? Any other ideas?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    There is no MS Windows 8 DVD, called "en_windows_8_x64_x86_aio".

    Try redownloading your D/L
    How to redownload your Windows 8 Upgrade setup D/L.
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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    yeah, that's definitely not a Microsoft ISO. I'd download your own as previously mentioned - lord only knows what's on that ISO.
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    Don't touch it with a 10 foot pole.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Thanks for the replies guys. I've figured out the problem. The hard drive wasn't actually erasing the old winload.exe when I formatted it. I installed Ubuntu, told it to use 100% of the hard drive (to delete the old Windows files), then ran Windows 8 install again, formatted there, and it installed perfectly fine. Thanks!
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