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Sony Vaio windows 8 install help

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    Sony Vaio windows 8 install help


    I have a sony vaio sve14a35cxh that I'm trying to install back to windows 8 as it was originally pre-installed with.

    I have the boot mode set to legacy

    now when it asks where I want to install windows, theres a message saying

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

    There is no enable/disable disk controller in my BIOS menu at all. I tried to convert the entire drive to GPT and that didn't work.

    I have no IDEA what I'm doing. Do I convert my entire drive to MBR or GPT and after installing the OS, do I use UEFI instead of LEGACY?

    I am installing windows 8 on a USB drive.

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    Hi,
    First thing i'd do is to check for BIOS updates or reseting it.
    If the problem assists go to System\Administration\Disk Utility (Availble in windows 7 only) then go to the buttom and click "edit partition" then click "BOOTABLE" and it should be fixed.
    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midou35000 View Post
    Hi,
    First thing i'd do is to check for BIOS updates or reseting it.
    If the problem assists go to System\Administration\Disk Utility (Availble in windows 7 only) then go to the buttom and click "edit partition" then click "BOOTABLE" and it should be fixed.
    Hope that helps.
    Sorry, I can't do any of that since I already wiped my entire hard drive and no operating system is installed.

    Here's what I did

    Convert entire drive to MBR or GPT > didn't work

    "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one."
    Last edited by Windows OP; 20 Jul 2014 at 15:30.
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    Try to unplug external hard drivers (all of them) and see if it is fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows OP View Post
    do I use UEFI instead of LEGACY?
    Use UEFI Boot Mode, because Secure Boot only work in UEFI Boot Mode, when you enable Secure Boot in your PC's UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings. Secure Boot protect users from rootkits and other low-level malware attacks by blocking unauthorized (non-signed) executables and drivers from being loaded during the boot process.

    Windows 7/8 setup: Installing using Legacy BIOS Boot Mode or UEFI Boot Mode.
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