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Need To Free Up Space on SSD To Install Windows 8

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    Windows 8.1

    Need To Free Up Space on SSD To Install Windows 8


    I can't complete the setup process in W8 Pro Upgrade. When I try to install it from the W7 desktop, I get as far as it telling me that I need to free up at least 20GB on my SSD. I have a 64GB SSD with just Windows 7 installed on it and only 5 GB of free space. I have placed the W8 install onto a Flash Drive as well, with the hope to boot directly from it and it refuses to boot from the FD specifically. This is frustrating to say the least.
    I have even gone into the bios and specified that I wanted to boot from the flash drive ONLY and when I reboot my PC it says Loading from CD Rom.....and then Windows 7 boots right up. This is driving me crazy.
    Any help would be appreciated.
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    Palm Coast FLorida
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    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    doesn't sound like upgrading to me, why is it asking for more disk space, when i upgraded I never got that, and upgrade is where windows 8 replaces windows 7, disk space shouldn't be an issue.
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    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1


    Got in touch with Microsoft customer service and I gave them registration key. They told me that the key I have is associated with a retail version of windows and that I could burn it to a disc and install a clean copy of windows 8. I am burning the disc as we speak. I will let you know how it turns out.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    doesn't sound like upgrading to me, why is it asking for more disk space, when i upgraded I never got that, and upgrade is where windows 8 replaces windows 7, disk space shouldn't be an issue.
    Windows still needs a large amount of temporary space to do the upgrade. It has to be able to back out of the upgrade if it fails at any point, thus it keeps backup copies of everything.
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    Windows 8.1


    Now I'm pist! I create the disc and started the install process, everything seemed to work fine until I formatted my drives including the SSD I wanted to install W8 on. I get this error now and installation won't continue. This has been a nightmare. This installation should have been as easy as pie.
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    Try deleting the partition then create and format a new one?
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Try deleting the partition then create and format a new one?
    Yep, that's it. Or just format it - then install onto it.
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    I remember reading about using a Recovery Disk and the diskpart command to setup and "align" a SSD before install. Anyone have a pointer to those instructions just in case?
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Think it's over at SF .
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    Windows 8.1


    I tried following these instructions and it didn't work. I got the installation to start twice and both times it seemed to be going well until the PC reboots during the installation process and then I get the following error that you see in the screen shot. This seems hopeless and a waste of $40.....

    The step by step instructions above are good but for those who have never used dos or the command window before this is more an installation for dummies like me lol.


    You try to install Windows 8 (CP), and encountered the following error:


    "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files."


    Resolution:


    Try to following methods:


    1)Check if you have an SD Card in the system. Unfortunately Win 8 is a bit tricky, it doesn't like having a second HDD in the PC nor does it like SD cards so disconnect all additional drives and remove any SD card's.


    2) Once the setup fails to find the partition, just close the setup window (the top-right-hand side red X does the job).


    From that point, you should be brought back at the initial setup screen.Choose "Repair" then go to the advanced tools and start the command line.


    Type Start DISKPART.


    Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).


    Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.


    Once u have selected the disk you have to type the selected disk in front of each command ie "DISK 0 CLEAN, DISK 0 CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY " etc.


    Type CLEAN


    Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY


    Type ACTIVE


    Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK


    Type ASSIGN


    Type EXIT twice ( U end up with two command boxes) one EXIT to get out of DiskPart, the other EXIT to get out of the command line tool)


    Start the install again


    When you get to the select drive again DON'T FORMAT HERE just click next and the instillation process will do it all for you.


    If your using a HDD that has had an other OS installed before, when you look at the partitions on the drive you will see your main partition 200GB or what ever and a small partition 100MB, previous OS only allocate a 100MB partition for the small drive where as Win 8 needs 300MB, I tried deleting all partitions and re allocating the small partition as a larger drive but that didn't work either, so used the method above and it worked beautifully.


    If this is for a SSD, you can add the assignment in CREATE - like this:


    Create partition primary align=1024


    And the ASSIGN command is not really required.
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