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  1. #21


    Thanks all - I now have a nice collection of ISO'S !!!

    Unfortunatley none of them work. I think this is because the laptop is stuck in the automatic repair loop (existing hard drive) - Does anyone know a tool where I can format the hard drive - then try 8.1 core ?
    At present I get the blue win 8 logo then it goes to a blank screen....

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  2. #22


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you boot from the install media, and select advanced, you get options to delete, create and format partitions.
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you boot from the install media, and select advanced, you get options to delete, create and format partitions.
    Unforunatley I get no such options - it shows the windows logo - then a blank screen.
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  4. #24


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Wait it out and see what happens. I've had a long pause where it seemed like the setup had quit and locked up. Then it continued on. Watch the activity light on your thumb drive to see if it flickers.
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  5. #25


    well ive waited 4 hours !

    BTW - its a dvd not a usb drive.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Hope it is not a DVD-RW disk.. Just a DVD-R
    A windows logo means it is trying to boot Legacy, just FYI, since I do not know how it was setup, most newer pc's are UEFI-GPT
    There is a tools ISO in my sig below that will give you access to your PC
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  7. #27


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Yes, if it has UEFI you should see the manufacturers Logo instead of the Windows Logo. My laptop shows an ASUS Logo, my desktop shows the Windows logo. More than 10 minutes and some things not right. Not sure what, but its not continuing the install for some reason. I do all my installs from thumb drives. I just find it easier and faster.
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  8. #28


    ok - I will try and switch the bios to UEFI later on
    other thoughts are to remove the drive - stick it in caddy - format it - then try again ....
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  9. #29


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Do it if you want to but it shouldn't be necessary. It you've booted from the install media nothing should be running from the hard drive to prevent you from formatting it during the install. If your going to take the time to remove it and put it in a caddy. Fire up diskpart and do a clean all on it. That will wipe it clean.
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  10. #30


    Set the BIOS to UEFI - Booted from 8.1 core ISO - Got the blue windows logo - then blank screen - then nothing, the hard drive light flickered for about 45 minutes then all went pretty quiet....

    Im think theres something up with the HDD Controller - and the data just isn't getting onto the HDD .....
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