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Can't install windows 8 on my laptop

  1. #11


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Is this what you are following? Clean Install - Windows 8

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  2. #12


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    I saw that post before. Yes I was following that
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by VitaliyV22 View Post
    What do you mean reboot. I have the usb with windows 8 that's what I'm using .
    reboot ,means to put the usb device in the computer ,shutdown computer,restart computer ,enter bios an dset usb as first boot device ,
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  4. #14


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    Well yeah. That's what I was doing the whole time.But I don't think you understood that I don't have any system running right now. When I boot my pc I go straight to Bios unless I put a usb. So I followed the process to install windows and then I get the error that says windows can't be install in the selected disk. Please check your media drive. I already tried to delete all the partitions and creating a new one but when I do that I get only one partition and it's the primary one but it has only 300 mb which means I can't install anything on it.
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  5. #15


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you are indeed following the "clean install" guide, then you have one of a few possible issues (or more, but these are the most common):

    1. It is possible that the USB device and the BIOS / chipset aren't playing nicely. I've got a few USB keys (PNY, Kingston, some others) that just will not install a Windows OS properly on some hardware, whereas my cheapo USB2 8GB Sandisk Cruzer has had zero problems on any machine I've ever tried.

    2. You have a system running UEFI, but you are booting from a non-FAT32 USB device. You *cannot* use an NTFS-formatted USB device to install Windows on a UEFI-enabled system.

    3. The hard disk could have been created as an MBR disk, but UEFI installation requires a GPT-type hard disk to boot Windows from.

    4. You have existing partitions on the disk, and are trying to do a UEFI installation of Windows onto a disk with less than 3 partitions (which may also need to be formatted before use).

    5. You are attempting to install a 32bit/x86 version of Windows, and UEFI requires a 64bit/x64 installation of Windows.


    A proper UEFI install creates 3 partitions, all of which are required - the UEFI/recovery partition, the UEFI/Boot partition, and the Windows partition. If you don't have these precreated, you need to let Windows create them during install. You may need to boot into your Windows installation USB, press F8 or F10 (or Shift+F8 or Shift+F10) at the "Install Now" window to get a command prompt window, and run diskpart, select the hard disk, and run clean against it before attempting to install again.

    If after using diskpart to clean the drive you still see a partition when attempting to set up Windows, then it's likely the protected recovery partition and a deeper nuke can sometimes be required to make it go away. Diskpart clean should be sufficient in most cases, though.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1


    I did what you said. I formatted the usb properly and cleaned the disk. And I still get the same errorClick image for larger version
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  7. #17


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Does it allow you to create a partition there via the new button, and then select the new partition it created? Or does that also fail? It would seem that this device is potentially an MBR device instead of a GPT device (a screenshot of the list disk from diskpart might help us). Seems really odd though.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    Yeah can create a new partition, but when I did it it creates a partition that is called primary and it has only 300 Mb. Which is odd. And when I try to enlarge it it fails
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  9. #19


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Is secureboot enabled in the UEFI bios? If so, can you disable it? It seems odd that it thinks the drive is 300MB, when it *knows* it is larger. We might have to use diskpart to create partitions before install, perhaps.

    In diskpart:


    - This selects the HDD, cleans it of all partition table, and converts to GPT type for UEFI usage:
    list disk
    sel disk # (where # is the number diskpart lists for the HDD from the "list disk" command)
    clean
    convert GPT


    - This creates the first partition, a recovery partition (Windows will place the system recovery (WinRE) image here during setup):
    create partition primary size=300
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"


    - This creates the system / EFI partition required for booting a UEFI system (Windows will place the EFI boot files here and make this bootable during setup):
    create partition efi size=260
    format quick fs=fat32 label="System"

    - This creates the MSR (reserved) partition, that Windows can use later for things like disk encryption. This is recommended to be created this way (and setup would do this on it's own, if it was working correctly on your PC):
    create partition msr size=128

    - This creates a "Windows" partition on the rest of the system - it is the last, and largest partition, and the one Windows will install to. You'd select this as the partition you'd want to install Windows onto in the GUI where you choose the partitions, going forward:
    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"


    Let's see if the above creates the correct partition structure. If so, you can try installing Windows onto the big partition...
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  10. #20


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    I disabled secure boot. Still no difference
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