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win 8 64 won't install on 32 vista dell inspiron 531

  1. #1

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    win 8 64 won't install on 32 vista dell inspiron 531


    I have been given a dell inspiron 531 with 64 bit AMD processor, running 32 bit vista home basic, that has responded well to RAM upgrade to 4GB.

    I want to install 64 bit win 8 pro media centre which I have on an original MS CD. either over current vista or on separate partition as dual boot.

    For some reason the dell wont read the MS win 8 64 disk (or any other original MS OS disks I have (vista-32/7-64/8-32)) but reads pretty much everything else (DVD's excepted as currently has no DVD reading software.)..either through explorer or during is not only original ms discs that are a problem as dell won't read win8-64 enterprise trial iso I burned myself either.

    I have tried turning off security software (MS security essentials/MS firewall) change.

    CD's all read fine via explorer on my lightly hopped up HP tx1340ea running win 8-64 pro media centre.

    Can anyone help/advise?

    kind regards


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

    Sounds like the DVD drive needs to be replaced.
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    Create a bootable USB flash drive from the Win 8 DVD on a friend or relatives computer then use it to do the install from.

    I'm sure there are tutorials on how to do this out there somewhere, but what I would do is this:

    1. Use ImgBurn to create a ISO from the Win 8 install DVD.
    2. Use USB Universal Installer to create the flash drive from the ISO.
      • Start USB Universal Installer, click I Agree.
      • In the Select a Linux distribution drop down, go all the way to the bottom and select Windows 8 Installer.
      • Browse to the ISO you created in the Select your *.ISO drop down.
      • Select your USB flash drive in the Select your USB Flash Drive Letter Only drop down.
      • Check the Format box.
      • Click Create.

    In 10-20 minutes you will have the flash drive ready to install Win 8 with.
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