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Can't install/boot OS after replacing HD (laptop fell...)

  1. #21


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    What method did you use to create the bootable thumb drive? It has to be created a certain way for it to be bootable. UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    What method did you use to create the bootable thumb drive? It has to be created a certain way for it to be bootable. UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Hi, I was able to partially do this: I was unable to get past step #5 with Rufus- After clicking on start I'm prompted to 'Please click on the disc button to select a bootable ISO or uncheck the "create a bootable disc...'checkbox.
    I am doing this on a separate desktop dell/windows 7 and using a USB....
    Jennifer
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  3. #23


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    You have to point RUFUS to the ISO file it is going to use to make the thumb drive. Click the disk button and then browse to the ISO file tour going to use.
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You have to point RUFUS to the ISO file it is going to use to make the thumb drive. Click the disk button and then browse to the ISO file tour going to use.
    HI, thanks. I did try this but I"m not sure which ISO file to pick?
    Jennfer
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  5. #25


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    The Windows ISO you want to install.
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  6. #26


    HI, this is where I'm confused. Do I have an ISO? If not can I get it via Download Surface RT Recovery Image (Windows RT 8.0) - North America from Official Microsoft Download Center ? I know that I have a new HD but didn't buy a new windows because at the time I didn't think- I didn't still have windows still installed. Now I"m still not sure if it :
    1)needs to be recovered somehow with the help of the Rufus program and the surgace RT image program?
    2)or was it 'thrown' out with the old brocken HD and I need to simply buy a new retail windlows 8 from Tohiaba?
    3)?
    Thank you in advance for you patience:)
    Jennifer
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  7. #27


    Surface RT is a Tablet OS, not what you need. You've been given two links on how to download a Windows 8 ISO and one on how to create a UEFI boo6table flash drive to install from. Have you looked at them and followed the instructions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caldom View Post
    2)or was it 'thrown' out with the old brocken HD and I need to simply buy a new retail windlows 8 from Tohiaba?

    Thank you in advance for you patience:)
    Jennifer
    YES to both.
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  9. #29


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by caldom View Post
    HI, this is where I'm confused. Do I have an ISO? If not can I get it via Download Surface RT Recovery Image (Windows RT 8.0) - North America from Official Microsoft Download Center ? I know that I have a new HD but didn't buy a new windows because at the time I didn't think- I didn't still have windows still installed. Now I"m still not sure if it :
    1)needs to be recovered somehow with the help of the Rufus program and the surgace RT image program?
    2)or was it 'thrown' out with the old brocken HD and I need to simply buy a new retail windlows 8 from Tohiaba?
    3)?
    Thank you in advance for you patience:)
    Jennifer
    An ISO is an image file. It's used to burn a disk and create an exact duplicate of the disk the image was created from. Your original hard drive contained the recovery partition used to restore your PC back to factory condition. If your new drive is completely blank then you do not have a recovery partition or any way to recover your PC to the factory condition. If you had burned a set of recovery disks you could have used those to do it. To restore your OS to the new drive you are going to have to obtain recovery media or install media. You can order recovery media from the manufacturer, likely with a fee attached. Your other alternative is to obtain a Windows 8 DVD or an ISO file. I've already posted links for a method of obtaining an ISO file. Your only other alternative is to purchase Windows install media.
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  10. #30


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caldom View Post
    HI, this is where I'm confused. Do I have an ISO? If not can I get it via Download Surface RT Recovery Image (Windows RT 8.0) - North America from Official Microsoft Download Center ? I know that I have a new HD but didn't buy a new windows because at the time I didn't think- I didn't still have windows still installed. Now I"m still not sure if it :
    1)needs to be recovered somehow with the help of the Rufus program and the surgace RT image program?
    2)or was it 'thrown' out with the old brocken HD and I need to simply buy a new retail windlows 8 from Tohiaba?
    3)?
    Thank you in advance for you patience:)
    Jennifer
    An ISO is an image file. It's used to burn a disk and create an exact duplicate of the disk the image was created from. Your original hard drive contained the recovery partition used to restore your PC back to factory condition. If your new drive is completely blank then you do not have a recovery partition or any way to recover your PC to the factory condition. If you had burned a set of recovery disks you could have used those to do it. To restore your OS to the new drive you are going to have to obtain recovery media or install media. You can order recovery media from the manufacturer, likely with a fee attached. Your other alternative is to obtain a Windows 8 DVD or an ISO file. I've already posted links for a method of obtaining an ISO file. Your only other alternative is to purchase Windows install media.

    HI, how do I do this on my laptop? I have a simple black screen with "no bootable device please restart system". I can't get it to boot and the Ruffus program needs to get to my ISO image on my computer so that it can become a bootable device but I can't get into my computer...
    Jen
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