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Windows 8 OEM installation nightmare

  1. #11


    I was trying to do a clean install using the OEM disc. I tried to create a cloned disc from the factory drive to the new hybrid but with no luck. The media driver was the hiccup point. Then when I tried to use the usb boot, the new drive was not listed as available.

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  2. #12


    I tried to do a clean install on the new drive using the OEM disc. That is when I encountered the missing media driver. This driver issue wasn't a problem when I enabled legacy support. When I tried to do a clean install from a USB key, the hard disk was not listed as available. If I had hair, I'd be bald by now!
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    I just spent the last weekend trying to 'upgrade' my new HP Envy laptop to Windows 8 Pro
    What OS is Preinstalled?
    If Windows 8 core, you can not upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.

    You need to upgrade to Windows Pro Pack.
    To upgrade to Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.

    Add Features to Windows 8
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyG View Post
    If I had hair, I'd be bald by now!
    I see what you mean. Ouch.
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  5. #15


    Recovery discs came and still would not complete the restore. I'm not sure what the issue is. Returning notebook and I'll likely pick up another.
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  6. #16


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


    Are you booting the Recovery discs in uEFI mode?

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  7. #17


    I tried both UEFI and Legacy and still ran into problems. I have a replacement notebook now. I'd like to swap out the stock drive with the new Seagate. When I load TrueImage t clone the drives, the Seagate is not listed. It is currently formatted in GPT protective and I cannot do anything with it using Disk Management...
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  8. #18


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


    Take a look at this thread.
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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  9. #19


    thanks theog. tried paragon but ran into different sector size issue. installed momentus xt drive and tried clean install with usb 3 and secure boot disabled. i received the missing media driver message again...im now going to try usb install...
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyG View Post
    Recovery discs came and still would not complete the restore. I'm not sure what the issue is. Returning notebook and I'll likely pick up another.
    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyG View Post
    thanks theog. tried paragon but ran into different sector size issue. installed momentus xt drive and tried clean install with usb 3 and secure boot disabled. i received the missing media driver message again...im now going to try usb install...
    Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.

    Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
    Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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