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I've burnt the Windows 8 Developer Preview DVD and inserted it into my laptop. Setup starts and looks good, but it then prompts me for a DVD driver. Saying it is missing.

I can't progress further than this. There is no dedicated DVD driver to download for my laptop.

Is this normal?

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USB all the way. 8GB flash drives sell for the price of a latte these days. – surfasb Sep 20 '11 at 16:24
possible duplicate of Can't see DVD drive in Windows 8 Developer Preview – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 20 '11 at 17:04
@Moab You need to leave out the space between the @ and the username to make the notification work, by the way. – slhck Sep 20 '11 at 17:17
@techie007, not a duplicate, that one is after the OS is installed, not during installation – Moab Sep 20 '11 at 17:41
@JL, Usually this means the ISO you used was corrupt, or the burn job is corrupt, but not always. – Moab Sep 20 '11 at 17:41
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Please be aware that it is pre-release software, there will be problems with drivers. As an alternative, try using the USB installation method

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You can also try using virtualization if your processor supports. – Alpine Sep 20 '11 at 16:24

You can also run the partition-enabled (non-upgrade) installer from inside windows by mounting the ISO and starting \sources\setup.exe

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Woo! After days {well, maybe less} of searching, I found my answer! Thank you! – JavaAndCSharp Dec 29 '11 at 22:31

You may have to provide proper/updated IDE/SATA/RAID controller drivers before starting the install so that the Setup can continue to see the drive(s) after the install has switched over from the generic startup driver(s).

See here for similar problems people had when Vista first came out.

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