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Win 8.1 clean install from DVD/USB reboot issue

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1

    Win 8.1 clean install from DVD/USB reboot issue


    I have bought a completely new system and am trying to install Windows 8.1 64bit on it. I have the retail box DVD and I have also tried from a USB stick from both the DVD .iso and the mediacreator program. What is happening is with the DVD in the computer it will go past the bios screen, and then a Windows 8 logo will show on the screen and nothing else. The DVD will spin up and the access light will flash for a while and then stop, with the computer then shutting off and restarting. Then the same thing happens in a continuous loop. Same with the USB drive. I've read through all the tutorials on here on how to make a UEFI USB stick with Rufus and how to get it to start up in UEFI mode through the BIOS settings, but it still just shuts down and starts back up, only doing it that way the Windows logo doesn't show up, it just stays on the BIOS splash screen and then reboots. It's really frustrating that I cannot get this to work, as I have always been able to install other versions of Windows on any other computer without all these steps, just put the DVD in and it knows what to do. Not sure why they had to go and make things so much more difficult. Here's my setup:

    MSI Z77A-G45 Motherboard
    Intel Core Core i3-3220
    ASUS DVD drive
    XFX Radeon HD 6450 graphics card
    8GB G.Skill RAM
    500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
    Last edited by moguy1973; 05 Apr 2015 at 21:31.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I would also like to say that I did have Windows 8 32bit running on this system on a smaller HDD, but even then I had to create a USB to install it. I have tried to use that USB stick to install 32bit this time with the SSD but with the same results.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    If you are getting to a "Windows Logo" then your PC is trying to boot in "legacy Mode"..

    What are your firmware setting?
    UEFI ?
    Legacy ?
    UEFI with Legacy Support ?

    Also, what format is your USB - Fat32 or NTFS ?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I have tried both UEFI mode and UEFI/Legacy mode. The UEFI USB I made with Rufus was FAT32 just like the tutorial on here states to do. Im not sure what format the windows mediacreator uses. But neither one works
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  5. #5


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Unplug all drives except the SSD you want to install on then see what happens.

    Jim
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  6. #6


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    With only the SSD and the USB thumb it does the same thing. Shows the BIOS splash screen for a bit and then shuts down and reboots.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    the media creator uses Fat32 by default...

    rename the "Bootmgr" file on the setup media to "Bootmgr.old" this should force uefi booting

    Also set the usb as your first boot device in your firmware settings..
    Or during post hit F12 (or whatever key you use) to bring up your boot menu and then select usb device
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  8. #8


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    the media creator uses Fat32 by default...

    rename the "Bootmgr" file on the setup media to "Bootmgr.old" this should force uefi booting

    Also set the usb as your first boot device in your firmware settings..
    Or during post hit F12 (or whatever key you use) to bring up your boot menu and then select usb device
    There is a a Bootmgr and a Bootmgr.efi file. I'm guessing to change the one that just says Bootmgr?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    yes
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  10. #10


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I tried this and still nothing. I took some snap shots of my BIOS screen and diskpart. I'm pretty sure I am doing everything right. It's just not wanting to work. I don't have to have my new blank SSD formatted for this to work right?




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