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Possible to install Win 8 x86 on a Win 8 x64 Preloaded PC?

  1. #31


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    the sources folder would be within that ISO you use for installing the VM - you have to mount or extract it's contents or use a progrom like "isoburn" to write the iso to disk

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  2. #32


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    you can not boot from an ISO file - you boot from an extracted ISO file.. If you are using a windows 8 machine - just double click the iso and it will mount as a dvd drive and the contents will then be readable

    you can then copy those files to a usb to do a clean install
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  3. #33


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    And thanks to you WHS

    I'll be playing VM also
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    And thanks to you WHS

    I'll be playing VM also
    Have fun
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  5. #35


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    you can not boot from an ISO file - you boot from an extracted ISO file.. If you are using a windows 8 machine - just double click the iso and it will mount as a dvd drive and the contents will then be readable

    you can then copy those files to a usb to do a clean install
    Yes, I know you cannot boot from an ISO file. I did extract the ISO onto the USB drive.

    I have adjusted all the security/UEFI/boot settings, finally managed to get it to actually READ the USB drive, Windows 8 Logo came up breifly, it fades, then goes to the installed OS's login screen (windows).

    UGH!!
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  6. #36


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    if the windows logo is popping up - it is because it is trying to boot into bios mode.. you must have a setting in your bios (firmware) to disable legacy prom support or some thing like that;;

    Another way is to reboot using right charm - pc settings - recovery - advanced startup - use a device

    with the usb stick inserted you should see it a UEFI: usb

    another way to prevent that is to rename bootmgr file so only bootmgr.efi is readable

    bootmgr is the bios boot file
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  7. #37


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    if the windows logo is popping up - it is because it is trying to boot into bios mode.. you must have a setting in your bios (firmware) to disable legacy prom support or some thing like that;;

    Another way is to reboot using right charm - pc settings - recovery - advanced startup - use a device

    with the usb stick inserted you should see it a UEFI: usb

    another way to prevent that is to rename bootmgr file so only bootmgr.efi is readable

    bootmgr is the bios boot file
    No, it's the 'new install' windows 8 logo.. It IS indeed reading the USB stick for 4-5 seconds, before the factory-installed windows kicks back in. Not sure whats going on.

    Anyway, I think all of this is in vain. I just looked up MS website, regarding OS compatiblity.

    Supported operating systems for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3

    Unfortunately, it appears as though the Surface is NOT compatible with win x86. However, the verbage is a bit confusing, it seems like the're saying its 'unknown' if it works rather than a definintive NO.

    It reads:
    "Unsupported installation scenarios

    32-bit operating system support

    Surface Pro devices are optimized for 64-bit versions of the operating system. 32-bit versions of Windows are unsupported on these devices. If a 32-bit operating system is installed, the devices may not boot into Windows correctly. This is true both when you boot from external media such as an attached USB or DVD drive, and when you try to boot to an image that was applied to the local disk."

    What do you think? 'May not' boot? Why not it WILL NOT boot?
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  8. #38


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    If you run a 32bit in virtual, it does not matter. The 'unsupported' refers to the native installation.
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  9. #39


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you run a 32bit in virtual, it does not matter. The 'unsupported' refers to the native installation.
    Yes I know that, but I seem to be having difficulties with the installation of the net framework. I've done some searching on the net and the solutions involved are beyond my understanding, as they include registry alterations and complex shell strings
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  10. #40


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Chris, I assume you are now working on three machine's.

    Machine 1) has VM Player installed (hosting Machine 2)

    Machine 2) VM running windows 8.1 that needs Net3

    Machine 3) is getting a fresh install of windows 8.1 from usb

    am I correct?

    I also assume you now have the extracted windows.ISO setup files on a usb.. When you look at the usb file contents, you should see ( setup.exe, bootmgr, bootmgr.efi, and sources, support, efi, boot folders..)

    am I correct??
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