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Unable to install Window 8 Professional, keeps rebooting

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Unable to install Window 8 Professional, keeps rebooting


    I have an HP Pavilion Laptop that originally had Vista installed on it, then it was upgraded to Windows 8. One day it would not boot. It would display a message that Windows was preparing to repair itself and then it would quickly flash a message that the PC ran into a problem and needs to reboot. Once it reboots, it would do the same thing again.

    I backed up the data from the hard drive to an external using a Linux live CD and I ran some checks on the HDD. So the HDD appears not to be the source of the problem.

    At this point I thought the best choice of action would be to install a fresh/clean copy of Windows 8, However, I am still stuck in the same loop. I turn the laptop on with the Window 8 disk inserted and press any key to boot from the DVD drive when prompted. I can hear the DVD drive spin up and then the Windows logo appears and the same message about running into a problem and needing to reboot appears.

    I am really stumped by this one. Thank you in advance for any advice.

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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Update: I followed these instructions for optimizing your HDD for Windows re-installation and I get a BSOD everytime I try to boot from the CD.

    Maybe a hardware problem???
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Unable to install Window 8 Professional, keeps rebooting
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