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Can't install Windows 8 and don't know why

  1. #1


    Posts : 66
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64bit

    Can't install Windows 8 and don't know why


    HI, I can't force setup to install Windows 8 on my prepared partition.
    It's 2nd primary nonactive partition on internal HD formatted as NTFS with default cluster, 26GB big.
    Everything looks meeting system requirements tho setup refuses to continue.
    I get up to the setup type dialog, choose CUSTOM (as I don't want to upgrade from Seven but rather to install as secondary OS), on custom partition chooser I select the desired partition. Clicking on next I get the message complaining that Setup can't install Windows 8 on that partition, and referring to see some log file, which I however don't have an idea where located. I'm already having Wn7 on first partition which installed flawlessly so I don't suppose there's some hw requirements not fulfilled.
    Anyone can help to resolve the problem?

    My internal HD starting layout is following:
    partition 1 (/dev/sda1): Primary Active Bootable NTFS Windows 7 64GB
    partition 2 (/dev/sda2): Primary NTFS empty 26GB <=== here I want to install Win8
    partition 3 (/dev/sda3): Primary Bootable ext4fs Linux 20GB
    ....

    I have performed a thorough surface test recently which didnot find any surface error on that drive.

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  2. #2


    In the custom screen try deleting sda2 and have windows 8 recreate it.

    It's probably not hard drive space since my final customization of windows 8 takes only 27 gigs.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 66
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XDleader555 View Post
    In the custom screen try deleting sda2 and have windows 8 recreate it.
    I already tried delete the partition completely and recreate/reformat using the installator builtin partition utility. No success. Unfortunately I can't make the partition bigger since behind it is TrueCrypt encrypted partition which I can't shring anyway.

    Yet there's a possibility to delete sda2 and expand sda1 about 26GB which should be sufficient, then upgrade right from Windows 7 to 8. But as I wrote I'd like to avoid losing Windows 7. I wanted install Windows 8 aside of 7 to test if it's worth replacing my old OS by Windows 8 completely.
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    If you just want to test it how about a virtual machine? You will get a small performance impact, but you will still be able to test everything.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 66
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64bit


    That's not posible I'm getting to a kind of limitation when trying to install Win8 in VirtualBox, not sure what's wrong (Core2Duo with 4GB should be sufficient for basic Win8 testing)

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    Try a search? That's the PAE/NX error code which has been thrashed around here quite a bit....!!
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  7. #7


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    See if this works:

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  8. #8


    Posts : 66
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64bit


    Having created new VM for Windows 8 the wizard turns PAE/NIX on by default.
    I get the error scree above with PAE/NIX. Without it I get another error screen which I cant get past

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    Someone however reported successful install as upgrade out of existing Windows 7 clean install. Going to give it a try when I get some spare time.
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  9. #9


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    LOL! At least you got the blue screen upgraded from black one

    Make sure in Vbox you will find PAE / NX system and choose processor. Also, you have to go to Display from your Vbox and needs to check or tick 2D and 3D option in Video tab without fail.
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  10. #10


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Problem is I think Win 8 wants to be the ACTIVE partition -- and not sure what your Linux Bootloader does. Win 8 will create a small system partition ==Win 7 does the same unless the entire disk is formatted as one partition BEFORE you start the installation process.

    Try setting the Win 7 partition as INACTIVE before starting the Win 8 Install.

    Not sure how the system reacts with dual / triple booting W7/Win8/Linux.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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