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CD ROM wants to format the installation disk

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    CD ROM wants to format the installation disk


    I am attempting to install Windows 8 (I currently have Vista) but Autorun doesn't work and when I attempt to access the disk in the CD ROM I am asked if I want to format the empty disk. I recently had to reformat the hard drive back to its factory settings (Vista O/S) for reasons I won't go into. The problem isn't limited to the installation disk. Help!!

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    Always best to format drive first.
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    Where did you get the Win 8 DVD? Did you download and burn it yourself? Can you access it in another computer?

    You might want to try burning it again or putting it on a USB flash drive to install from.
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    IS the OP trying to read a DVD in a CD-ROM drive???
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CD ROM wants to format the installation disk
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