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Windows 8.1 install can't get past the partition

  1. #1


    TN
    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 install can't get past the partition


    Hello all!
    I've tried the clean install tutorial and I can't get past the partition step of my installation. I always try to avoid asking questions that have been answered, but I can't find a solution to this one...

    Here's my setup:
    Windows 8.1 64bit system builder DVD
    Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H
    AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1GHz
    GSkill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1866
    PNY Optima 240GB SSD
    Lite-On DVD IHAS-124

    I've played around in BIOS. Currently, AHCI is selected and the boot order is DVD, SSD.
    I've disabled UEFI and selected legacy only. For the OS option I've tried both 'Other OS' and 'Windows 8'
    I've run diskpart clean (not clean all), convert mbr, partition, and format successfully.

    No matter what, when I get to the page, "where do you want to install Windows?" I select the unallocated line (it's the only line) and then the installation stops. I've left it overnight and I get an error message.

    I tried installing Ubuntu 14.10 just to see if it would work and it worked flawlessly! I've since formatted the HD (on my Win7 machine) and I am trying to install the SATA driver, but that is hanging up too.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks for looking!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Try installing in UEFI mode. Installing in UEFI mode will also allow you the option of using Secure Boot.

    Take a look at this post: link
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jkendall View Post
    I've run diskpart clean (not clean all), convert mbr, partition, and format successfully.

    No matter what, when I get to the page, "where do you want to install Windows?" I select the unallocated line (it's the only line) and then the installation stops. I've left it overnight and I get an error message.
    Could you explain the two paragraphs quoted? If you clean the drive there is no need to set it to MBR or format, it should install in the configuration to which you booted the Install Media. If you are formatting, there would be no unallocated space unless it is after the partition you formatted..

    You are sure the OEM DVD is good since in was factory made?

    What error message are you getting after leaving overnight.

    If it takes overnight for you to get some type of failure message, something is not being accessed correctly, you should see a message saying it needs to create partitions and then show you what partitions are created, and then start the install after you agree with the partitions.
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  4. #4


    TN
    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Try installing in UEFI mode. Installing in UEFI mode will also allow you the option of using Secure Boot.

    Take a look at this post: link
    Thanks you the suggestion. I adjusted the BIOS as suggested in the link. I still get hung up as soon as I click 'next' after selecting the unallocated partition.

    Should I need to install the SATA driver? This is mentioned in my MB manual.

    I switched back to Legacy only. This allows me to install the driver where UEFI will not
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  5. #5


    TN
    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jkendall View Post
    I've run diskpart clean (not clean all), convert mbr, partition, and format successfully.

    No matter what, when I get to the page, "where do you want to install Windows?" I select the unallocated line (it's the only line) and then the installation stops. I've left it overnight and I get an error message.
    Could you explain the two paragraphs quoted? If you clean the drive there is no need to set it to MBR or format, it should install in the configuration to which you booted the Install Media. If you are formatting, there would be no unallocated space unless it is after the partition you formatted..

    You are sure the OEM DVD is good since in was factory made?

    What error message are you getting after leaving overnight.

    If it takes overnight for you to get some type of failure message, something is not being accessed correctly, you should see a message saying it needs to create partitions and then show you what partitions are created, and then start the install after you agree with the partitions.
    Hi, thanks for responding.
    The first few times I used diskpart, I did only use the 'clean' command. In hunting for a solution, I tried creating the partition and formatting it as well with no success.

    I did not write down the text, but the error # is 0x8004245F. I assumed I could google it, but I didn't find any specifics.

    I just retried it in Legacy after installing the driver (off the Gigabyte CD). It's Drive 0, unallocated space, 223 GB, and the type column is blank.

    I did order two copies of Win 8.1 from Newegg. I was planning to update the computer I'm using right now.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You are better off selecting UEFI - Secure Boot Off - AHCI

    And if that does not switch from AHCI to Sata

    you should not have to install any drivers prior to installation
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  7. #7


    TN
    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1


    Ok, under SATA configuration my options are RAID, AHCI, or Native IDE. How do I switch to SATA? Should I try the other DVD or trying installing from a USB? Thanks again
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  8. #8


    TN
    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1


    Progress!
    In the BIOS options: Windows 8, CSM Never (UEFI only), Secure Boot Enabled, SATA config - Native IDE
    I made it to the next step and I'll let you know if it works.
    But this brings a new question, how do I get it to work when set to AHCI? Won't that be faster than IDE?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    secure boot enabled may have been the issue before.. funny you now have it enabled and progressed.. once you get windows loaded try to switch back to ahci..
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  10. #10


    TN
    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1


    Thanks for all the help! It's up and running. I'll try the switch back to AHCI and post the results
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