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you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8pro

    you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup


    Hi all

    I am trying to upgrade from windows 8 pro to windows 8.1 on a samsung laptop.
    The download completes and installation starts.
    After a while the following message appears "you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup"
    I am not actually trying to install to a flash drive.
    I contacted Microsoft and after 5 hours they said that I should connect to the internet with a cable and not by wireless in order to solve the problem (this didn't work of course and I had told them that it was an install problem and not a download problem).
    Anyway all help would be appreciated. getting tired of downloading for 1 hour every time only for everything to fail.

    Regards
    Denis

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  2. #2


    Always expect all sorts of crap when you upgrade Windows.
    Clean install from scratch(boot from 8.1 DVD or usb, format c: and install).
    But just in case, have a backup plan ready before you start, that is a Windows 8 DVD and a valid product key in case something got messed up when installing 8.1. You never know.
    Oh and by the way backup your files first because you'll start new born.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8pro


    Hi All

    After a number of failed attempts I tried this solution that I found on another forum.



    change the value of PortableOperatingSystem in regedit HK_Local_Machine/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/ from 1 to 0

    This worked for me and the installation worked first time.
    Hope this helps someone else.

    Regards

    Denis
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup
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