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Major Issues Installing Windows 8

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    Major Issues Installing Windows 8


    I have crippled a brand new unused Lenovo G580 Laptop trying to install windows 8.

    Attempted to install from a USB drive after the install from desktop option failed due to "cannot initialize start menu" error.

    Having loaded the USB on the "Where do you want to install windows 8?" menu my HD was listed in 4 partitions: 1= system Drivers (system), 2 = Windows 7 (Primary), 3 = Lenovo (Primary) 4 = Lenovo_Part (reserved)

    Installation was not possible on any drive to due error message : "The selected disk has an MBD Partition table. On EFI systems Windows can only be installed to GTP disks"

    I then stupidly clicked on format and formatted partition 2 which contained the Windows 7 OS thinking that would let me install 8. However even after that the same error message prevents installation and now i've lost my windows 7 files meaning the laptop no longer runs.

    Can anyone give me some sage advice or point to where I might get some?

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


    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


    Lenovo Support - Home (US)


    How to use Lenovo Recovery
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
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  3. #3


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    windows 7


    I did not make an OEM recovery disk and presume it is now much too late to do so.

    Do I have any other options?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    How to use Lenovo Recovery

    Lenovo G580 Laptop

    Take a look at page 23
    http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/....0_english.pdf
    from
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    windows 7


    The only thing I can do is "order" recovery disks from Lenovo?

    I don't mean to sound rude as I really appreciate your advice and indeed need all the help I can get but I've already paid 330 for a new laptop and 15 for a Windows 8 installation which did more harm than good.

    Surely I can fix this without spending more money?
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    windows 7


    Is it possible to use command line to back up the other partitions (containing system drivers I don't want to lose) and then use disk management to delete and convert the drive to gtp?

    Theoretically I could then install windows 8 and would it then be possible to reinstall the partitions I had backed up?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I personally would order Recovery Disc's.

    Always backup for upgrading.

    What you could have done before upgrading.
    System Image Recovery - Windows 7 Forums
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