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problems reinstalling W8 using USB recovery media

  1. #11


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7/8/10 UEFI/GPT system


    Quote Originally Posted by CBailey View Post
    One more bit of info - when I do boot off the USB drive I don't get the installer (as shown https://www.eightforums.com/attachmen...-8-a-step1.png) - I get recovery option basically; refreshing or resetting my PC.
    You have a Recovery USB flash drive and it does not seem to work.

    You can use the media creation tool below to create installation media with either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...nload/windows8
    Windows 8.1 install media will read and use Windows 8/8.1 OEM embedded product keys automatically.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
    Windows 10 install media will read and use Windows 8/8.1 OEM embedded product keys automatically.

    Clean install Windows 8 or Windows 10 in UEFI mode with Secure Boot enabled:
    Startup > UEFI/Legacy Boot > UEFI Only
    Startup > CSM Support > No

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  2. #12


    I was coming to the same conclusion. As your message appeared it is burning the ISO image. Thanks for your continued advice - fingers crossed this will work.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 73
    w7 pro - ( Server 2012 build 9200 ) - Server 2016 - Mint 18.2


    Hello CB. Just for humor I would add that my chosen forum ID is a reference to a kernel number. nt(6.2)
    "New Technology"

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...(v=vs.85).aspx

    What does it mean when it says window 8 version 6.2? - Microsoft Community

    I need to have CSM enabled with this bios to run server on the Lenovo.

    With this All in One, the drive can be swapped out and changed easily to run other systems.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    Guessing you're probably going to 8.1.1 again and later on to 10 perhaps.
    Like others who find 7 does everything they need and like,
    I cannot get 10 or 8.1.1 to look like these...

    Click image for larger version

    8.1 and 8.1.1 introduced uninstallable apps and a side search bar with mixed extra keys needed response
    rather than immersive full screen hot key results. (one key gets results in 8.0)

    Click image for larger version

    10 adds more changes that I don't need.

    Hopefully any suggestions by others will be helpful and your system will run soon.
    Good Luck
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  4. #14


    Good news guys - using the DVD (from the ISO I downloaded this evening) Windows 8 installed without a hitch. Phew! Thanks for your help.

    Couple of questions if I may;
    1. Am I missing anything by not purchasing a Lenovo Windows DVD? The Lenovo software of course and the fact that I will have to install the drivers myself - is that it? Quite happy to install my own drivers. Windows didn't ask for a product key (it's on the mobo ) and activated itself.
    2. I may decide to go to Windows 10 with a clean install. The main problem with W10 was that the DVD drive only worked intermittently. I can now see it is the drive itself that's knackered so I may install a clean version of W10 and get a replacement DVD drive. Not sure how activation works these days - do you think if I go to W10 and for some reason decide to go back to W8 in the future I'll have problems? Same hardware.


    nt62 - I did wonder about the NT in your handle. "New Technology" indeed. I remember when Windows 2000 came out and the splash screen said "build on NT technology" which always seemed like a silly phrase. The only W8 ISO I could find was 8.1 but I actually preferred it to 8.0 so I'm happy. May decide to go do a clean install of W10 now before I install all the software and drivers (and inertia sets in!)

    cheers guys
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  5. #15


    Well, I decided just to install W10, to future-proof myself. I wouldn't feel like doing it later on. Going well so far. Thanks for all your assistance - the wife and kids will be glad it is running again. After I have installed the updates and software I'll never be allowed on it again!
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  6. #16


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7/8/10 UEFI/GPT system


    Quote Originally Posted by CBailey View Post
    Am I missing anything by not purchasing a Lenovo Windows DVD?
    I think that you don't want the Lenovo bloatware that comes with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by CBailey View Post
    Not sure how activation works these days - do you think if I go to W10 and for some reason decide to go back to W8 in the future I'll have problems? Same hardware.
    SOURCE: How to install and activate Windows 10 using your Windows 7 or Windows - Microsoft Community

    Suppose I decide to reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8?
    You can reinstall or restore a system image of your previous version of Windows and continue using it, this will not affect the validity of the license.
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  7. #17


    Thanks Nipax
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