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Canīt install Windows 8.1 from retail DVD, error.

  1. #1


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    Canīt install Windows 8.1 from retail DVD, error.


    Hi,

    I have a retail windows 8.1 DVD.
    Trying to do a clean install.
    When i try to install, it gives me an error `canīt install, verify that your install source is available`

    Can someone please help me ?

    Rob.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Install via USB key. Make sure bios is set all well to boot from the key. When the machine reboots for the first time while installing, remove the key.

    Instructions:

    Microsoft Store

    Utility to make bootable key from Windows 8.1 DVD:

    http://images2.store.microsoft.com/p...B-DVD-tool.exe
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Thx for your reply.
    I tried that but the usb flash drive isn't seen by my pc, it doesn't load.
    I made it with the windows 8.1 setup program.
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    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    You could try the utility I posted -and/or- go through your bios settings.

    You have to specify for it to boot from USB first in order, and in many cases, set an option or two to even allow the machine to boot from USB or external media, at all. Check settings again.
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    I hit F12 when starting pc and then choose USB HDD, is that wrong ?
    I have a Gigabyte mobo, don't know where to check in BIOS for additional boot settings..

    Sorry, i am a PC noob, coming over from mac.
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  6. #6


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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Quote Originally Posted by vanhaze View Post
    I hit F12 when starting pc and then choose USB HDD, is that wrong ?
    I have a Gigabyte mobo, don't know where to check in BIOS for additional boot settings..

    Sorry, i am a PC noob, coming over from mac.
    No, that's not wrong. I suspect you just didn't make a good USB key.

    This seems good to make an .iso on the hard drive of the 8.1 DVD: ISO Maker - How can I make an ISO image file from CD/DVD with WinISO?

    So do that.

    Then run the Windows 7 Utility above to backup that .iso you just made to the USB key.

    Boot the machine you want to install to with the USB key inserted and boot to USB. (Try using a 2.0 port instead of 3.0 if it doesn't go.)
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    As the GA UD3H-B3 has UEFI?BIOS firmware, try making a UEFI version.


    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I just installed from an 8.1 Retail DVD to a clean drive and had no problems.

    This looks like a newer machine and I notice you have a Nvidia Graphics card. Are you trying to install with the Windows 8 secure boot in place?
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